Parution Mars 2019
Spectacularly illustrated and spanning from the first “Grand Prix d’Endurance de 24 Heures” in 1923 through 1979, Twice Around the Clock – The Yanks at Le Mans
is told primarily from the point of view of America’s motorsports
heroes, as much as possible in their own voices, from interviews
conducted over 26 years. These personal stories are framed by a
narrative to set the stage, year by year. Obviously, it would be
impossible to tell every participant’s story in detail, but for each and
all that are included, the depth of attention given is determined as
much by entertainment value as historical importance.
There are many books about Le Mans, good books, but they rightly concentrate on the races and results. Twice Around the Clock – The Yanks at Le Mans
complements these accounts and adds to the body of history with untold
personal stories of American drivers, team owners, mechanics and
witnesses – like the American soldiers stationed in Europe who often
ended up helping the teams. These volumes are about their experiences at
Le Mans, on and off the track. And, oh, the stories!
Frank, sometimes blunt, personal accounts make history human – and
these volumes unique. Each is close to 120,000 words in length with
300-400 black and white and color images from around the world – many
never seen before.
While the narrative stresses the personal, there are many new details
for aficionados; and for historians and academics, comprehensive
appendices with complete statistical records for every American driver,
car and engine ever to compete at la Sarthe, as well as citations for every quote.