Book review: Porsche Victory 2016

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Books are pop­u­lar gifts for friends and fam­i­ly at Christ­mas time. When it comes to motor­sport books, it’s often hard to wade through the vast range of titles on offer to find some­thing suit­able. “Porsche Vic­to­ry 2016”, pub­lished in Novem­ber by Gruppe C Ver­lag, may just be the per­fect present for that motor­sport-mad mem­ber of the fam­i­ly. Repris­ing last year’s first edi­tion of Porsche’s suc­cess at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, René de Boer and Tim Upi­etz take a clos­er look at Porsche’s extra­or­di­nary 18th vic­to­ry at the Cir­cuit de la Sarthe. We took a clos­er look to see if this lat­est offer­ing is worth putting on your Christ­mas wish list.

The first time you pick up the book, it’s clear that de Boer and Upi­etz have left now stone unturned in their quest to doc­u­ment Porsche’s 2016 Le Mans suc­cess. Weigh­ing in at 192 pages, with count­less colour pho­tos, Porsche Vic­to­ry 2016 is the per­fect cof­fee table book or as a ref­er­ence of the 2016 race. A fore­word by six-times Le Mans win­ner Jacky Ickx pro­vides an emo­tion­al intro­duc­tion to this edi­tion.

This is fol­lowed by a series of stun­ning pho­tographs and com­pre­hen­sive text in Ger­man, Eng­lish and French, doc­u­ment­ing the start of the FIA WEC sea­son at Cir­cuit Paul Ricard right through to Le Mans vic­to­ry. The book is also full of tech­ni­cal details on the Porsche cars, as well as in-depth research on the teams of dri­vers.

For Le Mans itself, full-page images and facts and fig­ures from the race pro­vide a suit­able back­drop to the race text and are sure to get Le Mans fans’ puls­es rac­ing with mem­o­ries of the 2016 event. The undoubt­ed high­light of the book is the exten­sive race report, with almost every minute of the race metic­u­lous­ly doc­u­ment­ed by de Boer and Upi­etz in all three lan­guages. The book con­cludes in impres­sive fash­ion, too, with all three win­ning dri­vers pro­vid­ing their own insight into their win­ning per­for­mance in three dou­ble-page fea­tures.

In sum­ma­ry, Porsche Vic­to­ry 2016 is the per­fect gift for any fan of the Porsche mar­que. It offers an in-depth look at the moments that mat­tered in the run-up to, dur­ing and after the world’s most famous race. If you are look­ing for a defin­i­tive sto­ry of the 2016 race, look no fur­ther.

Porsche Vic­to­ry 2016 is avail­able now from the Gruppe C Ver­lag store, priced at €40.00

Image: Gruppe C Ver­lag