'Tis the season for giving – and getting – hot new motorsports-related products, and a great place to start is in these new racing calendars that bring lost eras to life in great imagery:
Classic Formula 1 Calendar 2013, presented by Motorsport Retro, features stunning photography from the Cahier Archive of esteemed Formula 1 photographers Bernard and Paul-Henri Cahier. You'll see grand prix heroes from the second half of the 20th century at work in some of the cars with which they are best remembered, in stunning images of World Champions like Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, James Hunt, Phil Hill and more. A period look at one of the sport's most admired eras, this calendar is sure to please any gearhead who appreciates fine photography.
Available for $29.99 from www.OctanePress.com, all the photos in this calendar as well as many more are also available as prints from the Cahier archive at www.f1-photo.com.
Can-Am 2013: Unchained Aero is a beautiful homage to the big-bore racecars of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, better known as Can-Am, that a renowned for their practically unrestricted power and technology. The Can-Am Calendar 2013 features 24 historic images by motorsports journalist/photographer Pete Lyons, displaying the thundering McLarens, Chaparrals, Porsches and other fabulous machines as they raced back in the day.
Lyons covered the Can-Am in the 1960s and '70s and has written three books about this golden age of racing. His evocative images are matched with informed comment about the radical machinery depicted, which broke new ground in aerodynamic performance. It's available for $29.99 from www.OctanePress.com. And to see many more racing photos and all of Lyons' books about motorsport, check out petelyons.com.
Faded Glory provides a slightly more offbeat take on racing history, with a tribute to great and memorable F1 teams of the past that are no longer with us.
From the likes of Vanwall, an early power of modern F1's formative years, through the likes of Tyrrell and Brabham, Shadow and March, the calendar brings many old friends to life in wonderful photos of their glory years, as well as brief but informative encapsulations of their histories and highlights.