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Reviews: Works Porsche 956 - The Definitive History

Sport Auto, Germany, March 2020

'The definitive history of the Porsche 956? The title seems almost understated after reading the book. Serge Vanbockryck, both as a fan and as a journalistically accomplished historian, has written a standard work that will hardly ever be topped.'

 

PUUR Porsche Magazine, The Netherlands, March 2020

'This book is the best we’ve ever seen in the field of Porsche racing books.'

 

000 Magazine, USA, April 2020

'Serge Vanbockryck’s book is the first large-scale effort to give the 956 proper respect. The man is well versed in the history of sports-car racing and, as a former sports journalist, he attended many of the major events.'

 

Motor Sport, March 2020

'...'definitive' is a word bandied about all too often in our world, but it's hard to argue in this case. Volume one offers context with an overview of Porsche's racing history up to the 956's 1982 debut, and it's in-depth enough to be a strong standalone book in its own right. 

'...The photography is fantastic, many previously unseen, and the production qualities are top notch - just as you'd demand. And pleasingly, Serge's signature brand of droll humour translates nicely to make the narrative easy and engaging.

'The level of research, conducted over 30 years, is profound and the detail surrounding the conception of the 956 is particularly diverting.'

 

4legends.com

'...voici un ensemble d’ouvrages à se procurer d’urgence...Je ne peux que vous conseiller de l’acquérir ou de vous le faire offrir pour Noël, de nombreux passionnés et propriétaires de Porsche 956 l’ayant déjà commandé.'

 

RS Porsche Magazine

'In our opinion, the best Porsche motorsport book that we have seen so far!'

 

AutoModélisme, Issue 262

'Un travail exceptionnel mis en valeur par une iconographie qui l'est tout autant'

 

Racecar Engineering, February 2020

'This is actually the first stage of the process of documenting the career of one of motor racing's most iconic, prolific and longest serving racing cars.

'...Anything with the name Porsche on the cover has to be smart and the presentation of this hefty offering does not disappoint.'

 

Classic & Sports Car, December 2019

'The author's diligent research is evident on each page, Serge Vanbockryck having seemingly spoken to everyone involved including engineers Norbert Singer and Roland Kussmaul, plus drivers such as Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx. Of perhaps greater interest are the sections dedicated to each individual chassis. Untangling the narratives must have been a pig, but all the relevant details are here, plus a mass of technical stuff down to what gear ratios were used and where.'

 

Historic Racing News (web), November 2019

'This book is so much more than its title. Ultimate Works Porsche 956 undersells this tome hugely.

'...This part of Vanbockryck's book on Group C in general is well researched and actually fascinating even to the most hardened aficionado of Group C. Even I, as a dyed in the wool fan, learnt quite a few things.

'...That this is a reference book is true, but it is much, much more than that. You can pick it up and put it down at will, always finding the odd nugget of information, but I would guarantee that this is a book which the reader will go back to time and time again. Sometimes it will be just to fulfil the curiosity of a little known fact but probably more often just for the joy of a good read; because this is a fascinating and beautifully produced work of art.'

 

Porsche Road and Race (web), October 2019

'The narrative style throughout is very easy to follow, the text is well spaced and the font size makes for easy reading. There are no fancy stylistic extras given to the two volumes, the text is well presented and the pages are laid out in a clear and uncluttered style.

'...Without any doubt, this is the most complete record of the works Porsche 956 Group C cars.

'...Should you invest in this impressive, substantial and very complete piece of Work? There is no doubt whatsoever, that this book, representing a period of Porsch's mightily impressive racing history, is one that you don't want to be without, and in the long term it will reward you handsomely. You had better hurry to get your copy though, as they are limited to just 956 copies.'

 

Porsche Road and Race, October 2019

'This is without doubt, the most complete record of the works Porsche 956 Group C cars covering the 1982-1985 seasons.'

 

Loveforporsche.com, October 2019

'...Every once in a while we become ecstatic about a book. But we can hardly remember when we were as ecstatic about one as by reading "Works Porsche 956 - the definitive history" by Serge Vanbockryck. This is an absolute masterpiece that deserves a major place in the library of any motorsport enthusiast. At a retail price of £450.00 GBP, we could not call that cheap. But, it is worth every cent.'

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