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Old 22nd November 2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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Alan Mann's Autobiography

Hi All,

The late Alan Manns book, ''Alan Mann, A Life of Chance'' is out this month.

Published by Motor Racing Publications Ltd., & written by Alan with Tony Dron.

Regards Steve

ps 45 retail, under 30 on WH Smiths UK web site (but not in shops)
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Old 24th November 2012, 09:35 AM   #2
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Tony is an excellent writer and has a monthly column in OCTANE. Alan Mann passed away not along ago. I"m going to put this on my must read list.
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Old 25th January 2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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Re: Alan Mann's Autobiography

Are there many pages devoted to the Ford GT? What about Shelby?
I heard that when Shelby left the Daytona coupes with him, he threatened to throw them in the Irish sea if Shelby didn't pick them up. I hope there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff like that...
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You could pre-order it on Amazon for delivery in a couple of weeks when published in USA !
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I'm supposed to get this tomorrow. I'll post a review of sorts, keeping in mind that it's basically going to say either "fabulous" or "don't bother". Frankly, I expect the former rather than the latter.
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Old 3rd February 2013, 11:10 AM   #6
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Re: Alan Mann's Autobiography

It's a very good read, I have to say. Lots of good asides about the folks involved, although they do make me curious about some other things. Like for example, why is John Whitmore SIR John Whitmore? It appears he was knighted at a rather young age, if I have it right.

Lots of good photos, too, it looks like from collections Mr. Mann kept over the years.

I have not reached the GT40 era yet in the book but he is still back in the saloon racing days. Evidently he was very good at this and won quite a few races.

Race team managers seldom get their due, I think, but their books are always entertaining. Thus far, besides this one, I've read Wyer's, Horsmans's, AND Alfred Neubauer's, which, if you can find it, is a tremendously entertaining read. I was lucky and found it in English translation.
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He is a genuine nob Jim, not a "made" one. Being a baronet, he would have inherited the title from his father...
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I have not reached the GT40 era yet in the book but he is still back in the saloon racing days. Evidently he was very good at this and won quite a few races..
I headed straight for the Mk II chapter, and, well, there was no love lost between him and Ford to put it mildly. The acid nearly drips from the pages, to the point of being, well, bitchy. At one point he complains because Ford engineers measured air pressure in inches of mercury ("whatever that means" he says) instead of PSI. Oh please, get a grip.

And how he hated the Mk II and everything it stood for.... and no real fan of the Mk IV either.
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Not how I read it. I thought he was fair. Try starting at the beginning and getting a sense of the arc of his career, you'll see what I mean, I think.
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Got, it, Keith, and thanks. Is he considered a member of the nobility, is that the term?
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