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A limited collector's edition of just 1500 copies. Explores the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R's historic roots, development, and races. Also its triumphs, struggles and disappointments, as well as the spirited challenges from Maserati, Ferrari, Gordini and Lancia. Accompanying the text are hundreds of photos sourced from the legendary Daimler Archives.
Like so many teenagers coming of automotive age in the mid-fifties, Robert Ackerson was drawn to fast-moving and exciting automobiles. These were usually found just a few miles north of his home in New City, New York, on Saturday nights at the stock car races at Middletown, NY. These interests have continued throughout his life and work.His extensive automotive library, his life-long study of Mercedes-Benz history and his careful study and selection of material from the Daimler Archives make Two Summers an exciting book, celebrating the ever-young Mercedes-Benz W 196 R.Robert Ackerson has written numerous books and articles about many of the world's greatest high-performance cars. His books include Return to Glory! The Mercedes 300 SL Racing Car, Jeep CJ 1945-1986 and Jeep Wrangler from 1987, Ford F-150 Pickup 1997 to 2005, Chrysler 300 Series - Pedigree, Power and Performance since 1955, and Chrysler PT Cruiser. He has received recognition for the quality of his writings from the Society of Automotive Historians and the Antique Car Club of America. Robert lives in Schenevus, NY, and is a full time author.