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A Word About Signed Books
A book that
is signed by the author or someone significant to the content, immediately
becomes unique and therefore more valuable than if the title page remained
unsigned and unsullied. I rate good signatures highly and I stand by
all the signed items I offer on this website catalogue, but in the big world
outside it is very much a matter of caveat emptor - let the buyer
Be extra wary of recent
driver autographs unless you are certain of the provenance. The only
way you can really guarantee that a modern driver's signature is authentic
is to have him perform the act in front of you. This will confirm
that it was indeed his signature, but you will almost certainly be disappointed
at the wiggly line that purports to be an autograph. If you do not
see him sign, the chances are that the signature (sorry, the squiggle)
could have been performed by a secretary in the confines of the team motorhome.
In what I consider
to be the "Good Old Days" of the 1960s, a driver's signature was a work
of art, something instantly recognisable and a mirror of the man.
Thus Graham Hill's signature was done with a swashbuckling flourish (see
Catalogue #449) and Jim Clark's signature was almost that of a shy schoolboy,
both of which fitted the men with the pen. Jackie Stewart's original
signature was probably much like Jim's, but he felt that if someone granted
him the honour of asking for his autograph, it should be worthwhile, and
he practised his copperplate autograph. No disinterested squiggle,
looking away, talking to someone else, here.
You could glance at
an item with a number of signatures of drivers in the 1950s or 1960s and
immediately identify most, if not all. Try doing that today. Probably
easier to identify the modern grid-full by their fingerprints.
Autographs tend to
depend on the fame of the person concerned. Nigel Mansell was undoubtedly
famous, but it was only a year or two ago that Chaters were offering signed
copies of his autobiography at remainder prices!
When Enzo Ferrari died,
Mario Acquati, who runs the wonderful bookshop at Monza (Is it still standing?
Rumour had it that my favourite bookshop was being demolished to make way
for more motorhomes in the paddock.) told me that there were books and
items signed by Enzo coming out of the woodwork, offered for sale.
I told them all that I couldn't buy them because there were so many fake
signatures about. So what happened? They dropped the ridiculous
prices they were asking, and I bought a lot of them.
Enzo Ferrari's classic
signature is a case in point. He always signed in a distinctive violet
ink, said to have originated from his early days when he wrote with an
Italian lead pencil that, when licked, became violet in colour and indelible.
Italian journalist, Pino Allievi, can still do a perfect Enzo Ferrari signature,
which is both amusing and a vague worry in case his artform gets into the
wrong hands. You can date Ferrari signatures because as he got older,
his hand became less firm and the signature in recent years was very shaky.
I have a favourite
photograph, framed in my collection. It was taken after a Ferrari
press conference when I had asked Enzo to sign a mint copy of his autobiography
in English, 'My Terrible Joys'. Someone took a photograph of me standing
behind him, watching over his shoulder as he signed the book - so I sent
the photograph to his personal assistant, Franco Gozzi, who arranged for
Mr Ferrari to sign the photograph of him signing my book. And it's certainly
not for sale!
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||2093. RENE DREYFUS. A nice photograph showing three racing drivers: Paul Frere, Phil Hill and Rene Dreyfus chatting in the pits of what looks like Monaco. Signed in blue fountain pen by Rene Dreyfus. Rene wasn't generally in the habit of signing stuff. However he was a good friend and could be persuaded! To authenticate this I'm including a short personal note from him on his personal letterhead discussing photographs. 7in x 5in black and white print in excellent clean condition. £120
||2089. TONY BROOKS. A lovely photograph showing Tony Brooks in his race kit talking with Tony Vandervell. The Vanwall can just be glimpsed in the corner of the frame and those are Vanwall mechanics behind them. An original photographic print clearly signed by Tony Brooks in pen. 8in x 5.5in. £65
|2079. RIVERS FLETCHER / ROY SALVADORI. A nice handwritten note from Rivers Fletcher attached to a photograph which shows "...the ex-Dobbs 2-litre Riley so that I could give young Roy Salvadori a bit of a run in his first racing car..." Original 3"x2" photographic print stuck to an 8"'x 9.5" sheet of writing paper with the details as described handwritten and signed by "Rivers". £30
||1367. SEVEN YEAR TWITCH. Marcus
Chambers. 1962. The inside story of the BMC works rally team by its legendary
manager. Photos of MGAs, A35s, Minis etc. in action. First edition in very
good dustwrapper and signed on the title page by Marcus Chambers.
6in x 9in pp.225 £70
||1171. ROLLS ROYCE. THE MAGIC
OF A NAME. Harold Nockolds. with illustrations
by Roy Nockolds. 1966 revised edition of this RR Classic, first
published in 1938. History of the company from the first car in 1904 to
the legendary automotive and aeronautical organisation it became. This
edition also covers WW2 aero engines in detail. Terrific Roy Nockolds
paintings are reproduced in colour. Hardback 5.5in x 9in pp.283 Two
editions offered here:
1171a. (left) 1966 edition as described above. Dustwrapper slightly
rubbed at corners. Signed by Roy Nockolds. £35
957. GREAT NAMES IN MOTOR RACING. Souvenir postal covers with postmarks. Colour art of drivers on envelopes containing sets of cards charting each driver's career plus photographs with facsimile signatures. Each postal cover has an ORIGINAL signature by the driver in question. The Great Names in Motor Racing series was produced in around 1979. Looking at the postmarks I'd say many of the cards were sent from each driver's home town so they not only signed them, but posted them too! 6.5 x 4.5 in.
1.CHRIS AMON Auckland, NZ postmark £35 SOLD
2.C.H. DAVIS (Sammy) Monaco postmark £40 SOLD
3. C.A.S. BROOKS (Tony) Reading, UK postmark £30 SOLD
4. JACKIE STEWART Dunbarton, UK postmark £30 SOLD
5. KAY PETRE Reading, UK Postmark £40 SOLD
6 HOWDEN GANLEY Auckland, NZ postmark £30
7. JACK FAIRMAN Curiously signed on Stirling Moss card. (was Stirling unavailable?) Reading, UK postmark £30 SOLD
9. SIR JOHN ARTHUR BRABHAM (Jack) Melbourne, Australia postmark £35 SOLD
12. THE DUKE OF HAMILTON (Angus) Haddington, UK postmark, £25
13.R.F.SALVADORI (Roy) Monaco postmark £30 SOLD
15. T.A.S.O MATHIESON (Taso) Reading, UK Postmark £40
||886. MASERATI 250F / ROB WALKER.
Sideview art with Santa Claus pouring champagne into the perol tank. Christmas
card from Rob Walker and signed by him. 8x5 in. £50
||627. YARDLEY McLAREN
1972 action colour photo art of Peter Revson and Denis Hulme in M19 McLarens
at speed at Race of Champions, Brands Hatch. SIGNED BY DENIS HULME
AND PETER REVSON. 30 x 20in. Excellent condition on heavy
gloss paper. Horizontal format. £400
||610. RACING DRIVER AUTOGRAPHS
Michael Turner art card of Mario in Lotus chased by Ronnie Peterson in
the other team car, the season Mario won the World Championship. Clear
Andretti signature in felt-tip. 7.5 x 4.5in. Ideal for
BMW Motorsport Director. Teams, races and successes listed.
Colour portrait of Berger. SIGNED BY BERGER. 8.5 x 4in
Williams- BMW promotional
card. Colour photo of car and Jan
Magnussen's portrait and signature
on reverse. 6x6in. £20
LUCIANO BURTI colour
portrait on Stewart Racing card with career details on reverse. Burti
is now Ferrari's test driver. 8 x 6in. SIGNED BY BURTI
in felt-tip. £30
||542. MERCEDES 300SL / ROB WALKER.
Christmas card with Brockbank cartoon of Rob Walker in speeding 300SL.
ROB WALKER. Mike Hawthorn crashed fatally just after passing
Walker in his 300SL on the Guildford Bypass in 1959. 9 x 4in.
||536. INDIANAPOLIS / LOU MEYER.
1934. Sepia photograph of three Indy 500 driver portraits:
1932 winner Fred Frame, 1933 winner Lou Meyer and Rex Mays. SIGNED BY
LOU MEYER who won the 500 mile race three times. 8 x 5in.
||294. RICHARD NOBLE.
Colour magazine published to celebrate Project Thrust taking the World
Land Speed Record in 1983. 8x12in. pp.24 SIGNED ON
COVER BY RICHARD NOBLE. £45
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