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Auto racing books about the career of Jody Scheckter

Among our offerings are several books about or discussing the career of world champion Jody Scheckter

Combo Pack Soft Cover $51.98
Click Here for Product Details! Regular price US$ 61.98. If you want to buy both Motor Racing in the 70s and Racing Car Constructors of the 70s together, you can save US$ 10.00 off the regular US$71.98 price. Racing Car Constructors of the 70s is the second of series of books written by Carlos de Paula concerning racing in the 70s. The 542-page book, with almost 150 thousand words, covers over 2400 racing car constructors from 49 countries from all inhabited continents. The reference work provides listings in alphabetical order, identifying the nationality of constructors and the categories in which the cars were raced, covering not only major categories but also local ones. An ideal companion to the book Motor Racing in the 70’s that has 242 photographs from a large number of countries and categories, many of them rare and part of private collections. This is a reference book on global motor racing activities in the 1970s which strives to provide much obscure information, analysis and data on single seater, touring car, GT and sports car circuit racing and hill climbs during the decade. It covers racing in 86 countries, with information on drivers, venues, championships, categories, money, sponsors, etc, etc. Hundreds of sources have been consulted in over 12 languages, and much of the information covered is available for the first time in English. Please notice that some of the photos are published in both books. [ More Information ]
Motor Racing in the 70s $28.99
Click Here for Product Details! Motor Racing in the 70s PAPERBACK 242 photograph and 488 pages. This is a reference book on global motor racing activities in the 1970s in 87 countries. [ More Information ]
Click Here for Product Details! RACING CAR CONSTRUCTORS OF THE 70s is a 542-page book (PAPERBACK), with 305 b+w photos and sketches, with profiles of thousands of racing car constructors from 49 countries [ More Information ]

Jody Scheckter a guy full of surprises

Jody Scheckter had a very unusual Formula 1 career, full of surprises. He literally burst into the scene, a very fast, unruly driver in his first outings with McLaren in 1972 and 1973, proving extremely crash prone. He had a famous come together with Emerson Fittipaldi in France, while leading, caused a pile up in the first stages of the race at Silverstone, plus crashed in Canada. His mount was great, a first year McLaren M23, and he could have scored quite a few points. After all, smooth driver Jacky Ickx in fact scored a podium at the Nurburgring in his first try.

Then Jody was hired by Tyrrell for 1974. He was obviously not a first pick. Tyrrell was indeed a very conservative type of guy, at the time very much used to constant success. Unfortunately, things went from excellent to bad at the end of 1973. Tyrrell won the driver's title at Monza, then lost both Francois Cevert and Jackie Stewart at Watkins Glen, one dead, the other retired. I find it unusual that Tyrrell would hire two relatively inexperienced drivers for 1974, but that is what he did, after Chris Amon failed to strike Ken's fancy.

Suriprisingly, the explosive Jody became a very sedate driver, in fact, he was not that fast in the early 1974 races. Only after the new 007 came onboard the results appeared, and by the end of the year he became quite the opposite of the 1973 Jody, a reliable driver who was expected to score points. The transformation was amazing, but quite a lot of the speed was gone - forever.

A couple of years more with Tyrrell proved inconclusive, then he was surprisingly hired by Wolf, for 1977, and more surprisingly still, won the first time out. A third surprise, he continued on the pace for the rest of the year, becoming runner up to Niki Lauda.

Then another surprise in 1978. He continued at Wolf, and all that pace and reliability disappeared. At the end of the year he was hired by Ferrari.

At Ferrari, he picked up the pace again, although he had a very tough internal battle, as his teammate was the extremely talented and fast Gilles Villeneuve. On the strength of reliability, a favorable scoring system and some luck (Williams did not debut its new challenger FW07 before), Jody finally became world champion, although not a dominating one.

Then good ole Jody sprung yet another surprise in 1980. All the fire was gone, his performance was pathetic, although, admittedly, that year's Ferrari was no piece of cake. By the end of the season he failed to qualify for a race, ending up with the worst year-after performance by a current world champion. Not surprisingly, Jody retired, although he claimed he still had plenty of offers.

He retired before reaching 30 years of age, never racing again.

The Museum of the 24 Hours of Le Mans $21.99
Click Here for Product Details! Our first all color book. This book depicts one of the best, if not the best, car racing museum in the world, at Le Mans. The book also contains statistical data of the several marques/models represented. [ More Information ]
Il Museo della 24 Ore di lLe mans $21.99
Click Here for Product Details! Un libro divertente, non ufficiale del museo della 24 Ore di Le Mans, con foto a colori e statistiche delle vetture della collezione. Renault, Jaguar, Ferrari, Matra, Panhard, Mazda, Toyota, Porsche, Peugeot, Audi, Bentley, ecc. [ More Information ]
Le Musée des 24 heures du Mans $21.99
Click Here for Product Details! Le Musée des 24 Heures du Mans est un intéressant musée de la course automobile avec une collection de voitures françaises, américaines, britanniques, japonaises, allemandes et italiennes de différentes catégories. Le livre contient des photos en couleur prises au musée, ainsi que des informations intéressantes et palmarès de les voitures. [ More Information ]
El Museo de las 24 Horas de Le Mans $21.99
Click Here for Product Details! El Museo de las 24 Horas de Le Mans es un interesante museo de carreras con una colección de coches franceses, americanos, británicos, japoneses, alemanes e italianos de diferentes categorías. El libro contiene fotos en color tomadas en el museo, además de informaciones divertidas y estadísticas especiales. [ More Information ] is a site maintained by De Paula Publishing and Services Corporation, in business  since 1990.

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