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The Light Car Company Rocket

The Light Car Company Rocket - The Singular Vision Of Two Men, Clive Neville

The Light Car Company Rocket was the brainchild of former racing driver Chris Craft and design genius Gordon Murray, who relentlessly chased his goal of building the lightest production road car of all time.

The Light Car Company Rocket: The Singular Vision of Two Men
Publication Information
ISBN: 9781913089146
RRP: £75.00
Format: Jacketed Hardback, 304 pages, 300mm x 300mm, August 2020
Photos/Illustrations: more than 400 photographs
Subject: Cars, Motorsport
Publisher: Porter Press International
Author: Clive Neville

The Light Car Company Rocket: The Singular Vision of Two Men by Clive Neville

The Light Car Company Rocket was the brainchild of former racing driver Chris Craft and design genius Gordon Murray, who relentlessly chased his goal of building the lightest production road car of all time.

Starting with a clean sheet of paper, Murray’s unique creation made extensive use of bespoke components and was crammed with the technological brilliance for which he’s renowned. Today, it has a cult following and is recognised by die-hard enthusiasts and the motoring cognoscenti as being a landmark achievement in sports car history.

Written by Rocket owner Clive Neville and designed by Rick Ward – the man who originally penned the car’s badge and all of its publicity material – this new book from Porter Press International tells the full history of a fascinating machine.

From overcoming the technical difficulties of using a contemporary motorcycle engine in a car, to setting an unofficial speed record for being driven backwards, then restarting production in the 21st century, no stone is left unturned.

We introduced to the motoring world the importance of lightness,’ says Chris Craft, ‘and I believe the Rocket changed the way people looked at performance in terms of speed, acceleration, handling and braking.

Key Content

  • The definitive history of Rocket development and production, from Rochester to Chigwell
  • In-depth contributions from key players in the Rocket story, including Chris Craft, Gordon Murray and Luke Craft
  • Owners’ views from Jay Leno, who has also contributed the Afterword, plus Dire Straits guitarist Guy Fletcher and others
  • Full of behind-the-scenes photographs and Gordon Murray’s design sketches
  • A chapter by renowned motorsport journalist Peter Windsor celebrates the racing career of Chris Craft
  • Detailed listing of each individual Rocket chassis, making it the ultimate reference work
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