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Freelance writer Carl Goodwin makes a convincing case when pegging this book as “a notch above . . . in price, content and quality.”

Everyone should buy this book – the one titled Phil Hill…A Driving Life. It covers virtually every important racing marque. Cooper. Porsche. Ferrari. Jaguar. Lotus. Alfa. Etc. It’s written by the late champion Phil Hill. Photography is, for the most part, by John Lamm. Terrific writing and terrific photography.Book Review: Phil Hill A Driving Life

It’s chronological, starting with the 1903 Benz and Hill’s cross-country 1915 Packard. These may be an acquired taste for some enthusiasts but they are where your Maserati came from. Where else will you learn that the largest displacement engine made by Packard was not a V12 but a giant inline 525 CID six.

Then we leap from MG #1 and Bugatti T51 into the era of the pre-war Grand Prix cars, Mercedes and Auto Union. Hill corrects misconceptions about these cars. It is the rear-engined “Audi” that is easy to drive and the conventional ‘Benz that is difficult. Why? It’s all explained.

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