Over the next several weeks we’ll be taking a look at the coolest new book of the summer – Real Racers: Formula 1 Racing in the 1950s and 1960s from our friends at Motorbooks.

Featuring highlights from the incredible Klemantaski Collection, one of the world’s largest and finest archives of motorsports photography, the large format book’s beautiful images are enough to captivate anyone even if they’ve never watched a Formula 1 race in their life.

True fans though will be equally drawn by the first-person accounts from F1 legends Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, and Sir Frank Williams.

Our pick for coolest book of the summer – Real Racers: Formula 1 Racing in the 1950s and 1960s

The book, by Stuart Codling, also takes the reader through a Grand Prix weekend, from arrival at the track, practice and setup to the start of the race, and the race itself.

Pictured above, Jackie Stewart (#7) leads by a hair in the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix driving a Matra-Ford MS80, edging out Chris Amon (#11) in his Ferrari 312. Graham Hill ended up winning the race for Lotus.

As the saying goes: gentlemen, start your engines.

All images from the Klemantaski Collection, courtesy Motorbooks; click to enlarge:

A trio of Ferrari Dino 246s at the 1958 French Grand Prix / photo by Peter Coltrin

Stirling Moss in pole position at the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix in his privately-entered Lotus 18, with a Ferrari 156 and Lotus 21 next in line / photo by Ami Guichard

Jackie Stewart on his way to victory in the BRM 61/2 at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix on the book’s cover / photo by Ami Guichard