12 Hours of Sebring – 1970
By: Harry Hurst (text and photographs); Publish Date: 2004; 12 Hours of Sebring 35th Anniversary Edition, 1970-2005; Publisher: Hurst Communications Inc., Hardcover, 127 pages
This publication of photographs and recollections is one of the most prized in all my auto racing/automotive book collection. 12 Hours of Sebring – 1970 by Harry Hurst encapsulates everything I enjoy about racing, photography, writing, and the experience of going to automobile races. It has even served as the inspiration and guide for how I wanted to style my blog.
Harry Hurst was a young track photographer at Sebring in 1970. That year he witnessed one of the most exciting races in Sebring history. It had everything; Porsche vs. Ferrari vs. Alfa vs. Matra, a roster of famed international drivers, and movie icon Steve McQueen. The race culminates with a frenzied finish, highlighted by Mario Andretti chasing down the ultimate underdog team of Peter Revson and McQueen for the win.
This collection of photographs and commentary captured that excitement, but also goes beyond to illustrate the depth and character of Sebring and of international sports car endurance racing. The photography is pure and powerful. The black and white images have been beautifully printed, with a deep palette of gray tones. The color photographs are rich and alive.
Sebring International Raceway is an iconic track. The 12 hours race has earned the prestige to be ranked alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a true test of endurance for car and driver. I’ve had the privilege of attending the race on two occasions, 1986 and 2012. It’s my favorite endurance race of the year.
12 Hours of Sebring – 1970 clearly illustrates why I love attending auto-racing events. This behind-the-scenes portrayal is what I look for when I go to the races. It’s a masterful book, and I encourage everyone to include it in his or her collection.