Pit & Paddock: Unseen 60s & 70s European Motor Racing Images
Pit & Paddock: Unseen 60s & 70s European Motor Racing Images
Auto-Archives non-profit library will publish a book of previously unseen 60s and 70s motor racing images by photographer Peter Darley.
Auto-Archives non-profit library will publish a book of previously unseen 60s and 70s motor racing images by photographer Peter Darley. Read more
About this project
AUTO-ARCHIVES and PETER DARLEY
The Auto-Archives Automotive & Motor Sport Library and Research Center, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in Littleton, Colorado. The mission of the archive is to preserve and document the rich history of the automobile, and provide both a physical and virtual resource for the study of the past, present, and future of the automobile, in all its forms. Formed four years ago, Auto-Archives plans to become one of the major collections of automobile related materials in the world.
As well as over 65,000 automotive books and magazines from all over the world, the Archive currently has a large volume of; Race Event Programs, Race Media/Press Packs, Car Brochures & Press Releases, Auction Catalogs, Vehicle Workshop Manuals, Scale Models, Automotive & Motor Racing Posters, Original Autographed items and Automotive related Memorabilia. All items in the archive are either owned by Auto-Archives or on long-term loan. The Auto-Archives Photographic Library holds over 61,000 images from the photographic archives of Peter Darley, Ian Catt and William Taylor, along with the Motor Racing collections of Classic Team Lotus and the Polygon Gulf Collection. All photographic images held in the archive are held under license with full copyright agreement from the copyright holder.
As part of our ongoing commitment to further the development of the 'Archive' into a world-class facility, Auto-Archives would like to publish a book of unseen images from the archives of renowned motor racing photographer Peter Darley, titled 'Pit & Paddock'. Auto-Archives will work with award winning independent automotive publisher Coterie Press to create a historically significant, 256-page, large format (12x12in), hard-back book that captures the drama and atmosphere behind the scenes at race circuits in the UK and Europe in the 1960s and early 70s, thus enabling the Archive’s materials to be shared with an ever growing number of people. We at Auto-Archives strongly believe that any collection of such significantly historic material should be shared as much as possible.
Peter's first book, the widely acclaimed 'Jim Clark: Life at Team Lotus' was published back in 2007, and is now a sought after collectors item. This new volume of his images, 'Pit & Paddock' is sure to become another milestone book on motor racing, and a certain sell-out. Auto-Archives is already open to all automotive journalists, car clubs, researchers and fans, to view the collection, research using the archive, or simply 'hang-out' with like-minded people like you. If you are interested in more information on Auto-Archives and its mission, please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pit & Paddock will feature over 240 stunning black & white images of life in and around the paddock at ten race circuits (Brands Hatch, Clermont Ferrand, Crystal Palace, Goodwood, Jarama, Monaco, Monza, Oulton Park, Silverstone, and Snetterton). Featuring drivers such as Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt, along with many iconic race cars from the 60s and 70s (Cobra, Brabham, Lotus, Ferrari and Jaguar to mention just a few) the book will show how racing really was back then.
Pit & Paddock will give the reader an insight into life off the track and behind the scenes at race meetings throughout Europe. These unique never before seen images will portray a world that is sadly long gone. Produced to the highest production standards, this stunning book steers clear of images of the cars on track, and zooms in on the real world of the mechanics, drivers and owners from this iconic period of motor racing.
The Foreword to the book has kindly been written by good friend of Peter Darley, Lord March. Lord March is hugely respected as the creator of both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, and the Goodwood circuit is one of the tracks featured in Pit & Paddock. Lending their support to the project, both Dan Gurney and Sir Jackie Stewart have agreed to sign a restricted number of special, Limited Edition Art Prints of themselves, that were taken back in the early 60s by Peter at Goodwood and Snetterton respectivly.
In order that this project can move forward, we need your support. Your role in making a pledge is vital. Our intention is to offer something special to anyone who makes a pledge to support this project, and we are confident that all of those who pledge will be more than happy with the wonderful gifts they receive.
There are three levels of book available to supporters of Pit & Paddock. The STANDARD EDITION book is a 12x12in, 256-page, Hardback book with a heavy-weight cover, packed with over 240 stunning black & white images. The author-signed and numbered LIMITED EDITION of Pit & Paddock comes in a Royal blue, cloth-covered slipcase foil stamped with the P&P logo. The deluxe, leather bound PUBLISHERS EDITION of Pit & Paddock is also signed and numbered by the author as well as the director of Auto-Archives, author and Photographer William Taylor, and is presented in a luxury cloth-covered, clamshell case also foil stamped with the P&P logo.
As a Kickstarter backer know that you are receiving Pit & Paddock at a low, special supporter price. Afterwards, when it is officially published price will increase. Furthermore, to our Kickstarter backers, you will receive your special Pit & Paddock book long before the general public. For instance a certain Amazon is advertising our book. How they will receive our book is beyond us. Here at Auto-Archives, we cherish our backers and everyone who are supporting us.
In addition to the three different levels of book available to those of you who make pledges, we have selected a number of images from the book and made them available to you. The twelve images shown below have been printed in two different sizes, 12x10in and 20x16in. For those of you who select a pledge level that include these prints, you can choose to receive any image (or images) from the selection. Some pledge levels will receive all twelve in the larger size!
#01 - Jim Clark,
#02 - Jack Brabham
#03 - Phill Hill
#04 - Denny Hulme
#05 - Chaparral 2F
#06 - Chris Amon & Jackie Stewart
#07 - Bruce McLaren
#08 - Ferrari Dino 206S
#09 - Jack Sears
#10 - Cobra Coupe
#11 - Jaguar XKSS
#12 - Sir John Whitmore
The two special signed Limited Edition prints of Dan Gurney and Sir Jackie Stewart we mentioned earlier, and which are available in several different pledge packages, are a rare opportunity to own a piece of history. These highly distinctive, 20x16in Metallic finish, black & white art prints, will also be signed by the photographer Peter Darley. Auto-Archives would like to offer their thanks to Dan and Jackie for supporting the Pit & Paddock project by signing these wonderful images. The various levels of support pledges are designed to offer the opportunity for all Historic Motor Racing fans to have the chance to be involved in this exciting project and own a piece of history.
For the ultimate historic motor sport fans, our top level pledge will receive an incredible print, a 6ft x 12ft vinyl display banner, ideal for any garage wall or mancave that features seven (almost life-size) drivers that include two World Champion drivers Brabham and Hill, and two future champions Hulme and Rindt, all waiting on the grid prior to the 1967 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Left to right, the drivers are: Gurney, Brabham, McLaren, Ginther, Hulme, Rindt, Hill (Graham).
Risks and challenges
To ensure the highest quality book, and the assurance that this project will come to fruition on schedule, Auto-Archives have partnered with long-established and well-respected publisher Coterie Press. Coterie have worked with Peter Darley before, and have a proven track-record on publishing the highest-quality automotive books.
Selecting the 240+ images from Peter's archive that will be used in Pit & Paddock is a tremendously difficult job, and we are working hard to finalise this selection. The image for the cover has however been chosen, and the book jacket design has been finalised. The draft page layouts have also been completed. The exclusive to Kickstarter, signed (by Dan Gurney, Sir Jackie Stewart and Peter Darley) Art Photo Prints have already been printed and signed by Dan, and are now in the UK for Peter and Sir Jackie to sign.
All that remains to be done on the pre-press production scehdule is the research on each of the 240 black & white images selected for inclusion in the book, and the high-resolution scanning of the negatives. This is where the Kickstarter funding will come into play. The pledge money received will go towards the hi-resolution scanning and cost of printing this impressive 256-page book.
In consultation with Coterie, Auto-Archives have already selected a printer we feel can guarantee the high quality printing that this book deserves, and tentatively scheduled the book to go on press sometime in September. This will mean the first books are ready to send out to supporters of the Pit & Paddock project before the end of 2014. Just in time for a Christmas gift to yourself.... or a lucky friend!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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