The latest edition of the Porsche Victory in Le Mans series is out and it is as good, if not better, than any of the other editions that have gone before it. The publishing house, Gruppe C Motorsport Verlag, has a long history in publishing annuals on the subject of endurance motor racing, the dream of the company’s founder, Uli Upietz. It is with this background and rich heritage, that the 2017 annual edition now makes its appearance.
Of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is an epic event and the most sought after crown on the yearly motorsport calendar. As such, dreams are made and broken in this twice around the clock race, and Le Mans has witnessed its fair share of joy and tears over the years. We all thought that Porsche’s victory in 2016 was as dramatic as it could get in motorsport, but the Stuttgart manufacturer’s win in 2017 saw so many twists over the 24 hours that, as a race, it ranks up there as one of the most dramatic in many years.
Within the pages of Porsche Victory in Le Mans 2017, the reader will find out what it took for Porsche to get its teams ready and prepared for this great race in the LMP1, as well as the GTE Pro and Am classes. You will find interviews with top personalities, driver profiles, technical specs of the race cars, the test weekend, an account of the scrutineering process, the drivers’ parade, as well as informative and interesting topics about the race. The presentation of the content is well supported with great images supplied by many of the best motorsport photographers in the industry today.
One of the challenges facing any motorsport writer, is to try to capture the atmosphere of a race and to convey this through words for the reader. In this regard, author René de Boer, has succeeded admirably! The text, which is in three languages – German/English/French – is written in an informative but easy and flowing style.
Although the book is really about Porsche’s victory at Le Mans with the #2 919 Hybrid, it would seem remiss of the publisher not to include the story of the GTE cars. In this regard, the same info covering the LMP1 cars is given about the GTE cars, with driver profiles and car specifications. The story of the Pro and Am cars and how they fared in the race completes the tale of the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hour race.
At the risk of repetition, the book is clearly designed and presented, and the generous spread of images covers all aspects of the Le Mans spectacle. Images of the drivers and crew, as well as Porsche team personnel are shown, often in humorous settings, but always in top quality. The book also contains useful tables and infographics of the race statistics, car and driver statistics, as well as a full schedule of the results of the 2017 race.
Finally, as a Porsche enthusiast, readers do not want to be without this fine edition of Porsche’s 2017 victory at Le Mans, the company’s 19th win in this legendary race. If it will satisfy your desire to know more about the race, the cars and drivers, or if it will serve your needs as a reference book about that great race, or it is just to continue your collection of these fine books – make sure you get this latest edition of Porsche Victory in Le Mans 2017 for your bookshelf.
|Title||Porsche Victory in Le Mans 2017|
|Author||René de Boer|
|First published||December 2017|
|Page count||192 pages|
|Format||235 x 315mm, hardcover|
|Language||English, German and French|
Written by: Glen Smale