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Ferrari - Book Review

Text by Hartmut Lehbrink and Jochen von Osterroth
Photos by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Ferrari, by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch and Hartmut Lehbrink, examines the history of this famous Italian race car

The Ferrari is a symbol of power and luxury, and the epitome of Italian engineering. It's a sexy machine, and drivers have been lusting after it ever since it first debuted in the Turin Motor Show in the late 1940s.

So it's easy to see why Ferrari, by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch and Hartmut Lehbrink, was compiled in such a way as to resemble a pin-up girl magazine: basically, the book boils down to several hundred photos of streamlined Ferraris from multiple angles (their headlights staring flirtatiously at the camera) with short bios containing all of the pertinent information such as the model name and its total horsepower.

Yet, tantalizing pictures aside, the book does explore the life and history of the man behind the car: Enzo Ferrari. Readers will learn about his troubled racing career, and his deep passion for building machines that embodied his love for speed and competition. The book also delves into the history of the company, as well as the individual stories behind every car the company made. Casual motor enthusiasts may find it only worth glancing at occasionally, but for those enamored with the "prancing horse," Ferrari will provide hours of fun.

Reviewed by Stefan Slater

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