one point we thought Janos was adding so much detail to these
two volumes, the racing was taking place faster than he could keep
up with it: there seemed a real danger that he’d put off
publication one more year – and end up two behind.
He finally drew the line at 1998, so if it’s recent years
you’re after, you’ll have to wait for the next volume – and
we’re not sure when that will be. These two volumes will
keep you busy enough though. Over 2000 pages in each, with race
reports and finely crafted – and amazingly detailed – results
for each event.
Janos tells the story of each race in his own, carefully chosen
words: each report is his account of each race, written in a charming
style, easy to read, but with all the important features included.
It’s not just reports and results though: he sets the scene
for each year, explaining how the structure of sportscar racing
is changing at any one time, and then completes his 45 year story
with the most amazing collection of “data”. He really
is “Mr. Data”, whether it be the chassis number of
the winning car at Sebring in 1961 (it was 0792), Luciano Galluzzo’s
pseudonym (which was “Stradivarius”) or the length
of the Silverstone circuit which was used for the 1000 Km race
in 1988 (it was 2.969 miles).
As an example of the depth of this ‘bible’,
there is even a 12 page chapter explaining the tables in the
For example: “Qualified refers to the total
number of cars allotted grid positions whether or not they
a car allotted a grid position by the organizers that neither started,
nor ever practiced, is not tabulated for either the practiced or
qualified headings. The total qualified does not include cars which
were allowed to start but which for some reason were not allotted
grid positions or which did not practice.”
No doubt at this very moment Janos is beavering away at the next
volume. Rumour has it that this will be a photographic record of
the history of the sport.