Daniel Cabart already has an impressive track record with Delage – in 2017 he was awarded the RAC Specialist Book of the Year for his volume on the marque’s 1926- 27 grand prix successes, so his scholarly thoroughness is not in doubt. This wider-ranging book on the company’s competition efforts covers the four years before that, including that supremely delicate 2-litre V12, the 2CLV. It’s daunting in size, but Cabart and co-author Sébastien Faurès Fustel de Coulanges have added a note at the start saying there’s a conclusion at the end you can consult as a summary. How very thoughtful of them.
The book sets out with a short history and tales of the significant figures, devoting a good deal of time naturally to René Thomas, who was involved in the first mid-air collision in 1910 yet lasted long enough to be pictured riding with Graham Hill and returning to Indianapolis in 1973. Thomas’s detailed memoirs are a vital source for Cabart’s researches and he quotes extensively throughout this book as Delage returns to competition after an 11-year layoff.
Boasting very high-quality reproduction, considering most of the photos are 100 years old, it includes some lovely reproductions of period artwork such as from Geo Ham.