Two Summers offers a fresh, revealing and highly personal window into the culture of Grand Prix racing as it was during the 1954 and 1955 championships. The core of this book is devoted to individual portraits of the twelve races that comprised the 1954-55 seasons in which the W 196 R participated. Of those races, Fangio won seven and Moss won two.
With its carefully-crafted observations and conclusions, given added drama by its richly-detailed illustrations, there are numerous examples of the energy and dynamic nature of these racing seasons – not the least being abundant evidence that Fangio was indeed the ultimate master of the art and science of racing a Grand Prix automobile, and that the W 196 R was the instrument with which he honed his skills. This book captures the decisive moments when victory - hanging in the balance - was tilted towards Fangio by his own steady hand on the wheel and iron discipline.
The W 196 R's racing days may be long gone, but it remains a shining star of Mercedes-Benz' participation in motor sport heritage events worldwide.
It's this timeless appeal of the W196R that gives this book its vitality, charm and enduring attraction.
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Like so many teenagers coming of automotive age in the mid-fifties, Robert Ackerson was drawn to fast-moving and exciting automobiles. These were usually found just a few miles north of his home in New City, New York, on Saturday nights at the stock car races at Middletown, NY. These interests have continued throughout his life and work.His extensive automotive library, his life-long study of Mercedes-Benz history and his careful study and selection of material from the Daimler Archives make Two Summers an exciting book, celebrating the ever-young Mercedes-Benz W 196 R.Robert Ackerson has written numerous books and articles about many of the world's greatest high-performance cars. His books include Return to Glory! The Mercedes 300 SL Racing Car, Jeep CJ 1945-1986 and Jeep Wrangler from 1987, Ford F-150 Pickup 1997 to 2005, Chrysler 300 Series - Pedigree, Power and Performance since 1955, and Chrysler PT Cruiser. He has received recognition for the quality of his writings from the Society of Automotive Historians and the Antique Car Club of America.Robert lives in Schenevus, NY, and is a full time author.Review:
"There can [...] be no doubt about the quality of this highly enjoyable book, with compelling words that will keep the reader entertained from cover to cover and an excellent choice of photographs from the best sources for images of Mercedes-Benz history. Readers of The Bulletin are going to have real difficulty deciding where to spend their Christmas present book tokens this year but 'Two Summers' will surely be near the top of the pile! - VSCC Bulletin
"There is much to enjoy in the text, but the beauty of this book is in the glorious pictures" - Motor Sport
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