To all those who have taken an interest in this extraordinary project, we are happy to confirm that the production dates for Phil Hill’s ‘Inside Track’ are fixed and we will definitely start printing on Monday 10th July, with early advance copies of the three volumes becoming available from the middle of August.
With shipping from Hong Kong (the books are actually being printed just across the border in China) finished books should arrive in the US and the UK towards the end of September. To accelerate matters and to ensure safe delivery, the books themselves will be pre-packed in sturdy postal cartons allowing them to be despatched almost immediately, the multi-volume orders being sent out by courier to arrive a few days later. We will, of course, keep you posted and email everyone before delivery to confirm addresses and telephone numbers.
The leather-covered Connoisseur’s Editions are being hand-bound in the UK and the printed pages for these copies will be flown back to the UK in mid-August, so that that these will also be ready for despatch, hopefully a little earlier in mid-September. Again, we will keep you all updated where progress is concerned.
THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
The two volumes of the Collector’s Edition are now all but complete. The colour proofs have been completed, the captions have been written and all the text has been proofread. All that remains are the the final checks to Phil’s extraordinary racing record (which will be included at the end of Volume 2), after which all the information necessary for the production of the two volumes to begin will be released to the printers, scheduled for June 15th.
Please find below a selection of layouts from Volume 2, which we hope will provide a flavour of what to expect from your purchase. Just imagine such images from this hugely evocative period printed to the very highest standard on a page size of 321mm/13 inches square.
Even now we keep coming up with new stories and photographs, all worthy of being included in what is intended to be the most comprehensive – yet always thought-provoking and entertaining – first-hand overview of Phil’s frontline racing career. Understandably, this has slowed things down somewhat, but the first half of the layouts are now complete and the rest will be completed over the next two weeks.
Doug Nye is busily working away, yet again checking, writing and rewriting his own and Phil’s first-hand captions to the 800-plus illustrations that will be included in this remarkable volume, with the intention that the final material will be released to the printer on June 26th, just in time for all of us to take a few days off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ian Lambot will then fly out to Hong Kong – where he lived and worked for some 20 years – to supervise the printing of our standard-setting project.
Again, please find below a selection of layouts to whet your appetite.
THE CONNOISSEUR’S EDITION
Much to the excitement of everyone here at ‘Team Inside Track’, complete dummy copies of the three volumes comprising the Connoisseur’s Edition have now been completed and we are delighted to include a selection of photographs of these below. They are looking every bit as tastefully handsome as we had hoped and will form an impressive and elegant addition to any bibliophile’s library.
A specially produced card, embossed with a stylised image of the Ferrari Testa Rossa wire-spoked wheel, will be included in the Autobiography’s preamble – each one signed by Steve Dawson, Derek Hill, and Doug Nye, the project’s three main architects and the driving forces behind it.
Shown below, somewhat more informally, is the clamshell case made earlier to accommodate all three volumes. This was our original intention, but with a total weight of nearly 10 kilos (22 pounds) we have judged this to be impractical, so the Connoisseur’s Edition will be presented in two matching clamshell cases, one containing the two photographic volumes and one for Phil’s Racing Autobiography.
MONTEREY HISTORICS 2017
For those attending this year’s Monterey Historics, a special talk about Phil’s photography and the creation of the three volumes that comprise ‘Inside Track’ is scheduled there under the combined auspices of Derek Hill, Steve Dawson and Phil’s long-time friend, colleague and ‘Road & Track’ feature photographer John Lamm.
The exact date and time of this event has yet to be fixed, but will be announced in a future newsletter.
Most importantly, a few advance copies of ‘Inside Track’ are to be couriered to Monterey in time for the event, where the books will make their eagerly awaited debut. Make sure not to miss your chance to be among the very first to see the finished books.
FOR THOSE STILL TO ORDER
Please note that the special pre-publication prices listed on the website will only hold until September 15th, after which the cost of the books will rise by some 15 per cent to their full retail value. Make sure to place your order early.
Many thanks, and – in particular – thank you all yet again for your continuing patience.
OCTOBER – THE PROOFS
A tremendous amount of time has been invested to achieve the best possible colour reproduction for every one of Phil’s magnificent photographs. This has been a painstaking process – in truth extending over several years now – but in these final stages it has also been a pleasurable one as each of the proofs have come back from our magnificent colour separators, both in the USA and Hong Kong, many of a quality even better than we had ever hoped to achieve.
We were much aided by the fact that Phil had chosen to photograph on Kodachrome, a wonderfully stable film stock, which had then been stored away from natural light in perfectly dry conditions in his home at Santa Monica, California. These original 35mm transparencies have survived in astonishingly good condition – still rich in colour and for the most part totally undamaged – and one could easily be forgiven for thinking that many must really have been taken only yesterday, not some 60 years ago or more.
Understandably, there are some that have not survived the vicissitudes of time quite so well, but in every case – exploiting the latest in photo-scanning technology – we have tried to match Phil’s originals as closely as possible, and with absolutely minimal intervention.
With some 960 pages to consider amongst the various ‘Inside Track’ editions to be offered, it was uneconomic to proof them all on the actual paper we have chosen for the book – a beautiful, slightly cream Italian stock known as ‘GardaPat’ – and these were initially prepared using digital proofs, a relatively recent development providing strong and stable results, though on a standardised white background.
These have been prepared for printing by Evergreen Colour Management in Hong Kong – where the book will also be printed – and more recently our Production Designer, Ian Lambot, spent a productive week in their overcrowded studio, fine-tuning each of the proofs to ensure the same results are achieved during final printing on the actual art paper selected.
As the sample photographs below demonstrate, the results achieved are quite exceptional – providing a true testimony to Phil’s unerring photographic eye, and professional-standard skill.
What a record he has left for 21st Century enthusiasts to relish …