Motor Sport in the 20s (A. B. Demaus)

Motor Sport in the 20s (A. B. Demaus) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Sport Motor Racing section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

Gloucester: Alan Sutton, 1989, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Photographic end papers & blanks;

From the cover: To many enthusiasts the 1920s were the golden era of motor sport in this country. Motoring was by that time well established and socially acceptable. The Great War of 1914 18 had brought enormous technical advances as well as a sickening loss of life and a legacy of wounded ex-servicemen. Many of the lucky survivors were mechanically aware and seeking an element of excitement in their peacetime lives which motor sport fulfilled. The new decade left war behind and sought pleasure with an almost frenetic intensity.

For the motor-minded that pleasure found its expression in motor sport on track and road, on sandy beaches and seaside promenades. The competitors, whether amateurs or professionals, were dedicated to their machines and to enjoyment of the sport. There was a spice of danger, of course, but this only added keenness to the contest. The spectators loved it and flocked to the big events and the star performers became household names.

The photographs in this book, drawn from the authors own unique collection, reflect the atmosphere of the period, the men and their machines, the dress and the locations. The stereotyped image of the grim-faced speed merchant hurtling into the jaws of death is not here. The sense of purpose is serious enough but there are smiling, eager faces and the banter of those who share a mutual interest and a common friendship despite the rivalries of competition. The camera has caught the aura of an age long gone.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owner’s lable to the front flap otherwise a very well presented copy.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 120 pages. Index. 10″ x 7½”.

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