When The Racing Driver was first published in the U.S. in 1959, Road & Track magazine hailed it as an "excellent book . . . the best ever written on contemporary drivers and their racing styles and habits." Over 45 years later, Denis Jenkinson's book has become a classic, highly valued for its historical perspective and views into the personalities of drivers who today seem larger than life.
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Denis Jenkinson uses his motorcycle side-car racing experience and his work with Sterling Moss as his navigator during his record run in winning the 1955 Mille Miglia race in the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR to describe with practical examples how to drive fast safely. Sterling Moss ranks within the five most talented race car drivers of all time. Denis Jenkinson combines his sensitivity to the nuances of driving fast smoothly with his grounding in practical engineering and physics. He explains the dynamics of automobilies at speed, the need for concentration, acute vision, and situational awareness with practical experiences of driving fast on one thousand kilometers of two-lane Italian roads. This book is uniquely appropriate to learning the art of driving smoothly and quickly on public roads
Ten years ago I wrote an Amazon review of The Technique of Motor Racing (Driving) by Piero Taruffi. The Technique, was used at professional racing driving schools before schools wrote there own manuals. This was in the days before advertising on cars and drivers. The Technique is about cornering..
The Racing Driver (Driving) by Denis Jenkinson taught the Psychology of racing drivers, and Sports Car and Competition Driving by Paul Frère taught us how to blend all of these skills together for driving sports cars on the streets.
Not much later. Driving in Competition by Alan Johnson added track skills on how to read a road course. How to give up a little on some corners, so that you are optimally placed for the ones that matter. Everyone takes something away from this book.
Although I have read many driving books since, and am still learning a lot. These are the bench mark upon which the newer books must be judged. The newer books assume...
Whether you are a student of motorsport, or just interested in fast driving, this is quite simply THE reference book. It's the original, and the best. Many will find DSJ's style somewhat dry and almost academic. Don't expect any laughs. But there is SO much valuable information packed into such a short volume, that it's solid value - no waffle ! From driver psychology (Jenks was first to coin the term "10/10ths") to vehicle dynamics at speed, all the essential knowledge is in here. No race or rally driver worth his salt should ever step into the cockpit before reading this book.
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