Mon 14 September 2009
Three Points of Contact Dramatically
Reveals 24 Racing Champions in Portraiture
PHOENIX, Ariz.—In an age of ever-advancing technology and monstrous budgets in motor racing, it’s sometimes easy to forget the essential human element at the sport’s core. Now a new book from David Bull Publishing delivers a uniquely detailed perspective on how 24 of the world’s greatest drivers use their eyes, hands, and feet to control their cars, outpace their rivals, and become champions.
In Three Points of Contact: The Drivers of The Race Of Champions, renowned automotive photographer and director Jeff Zwart reveals each driver in amazingly vivid detail, from seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher to reigning NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Zwart’s meticulously produced portraits focus on the eyes, hands, and feet—the three points of contact that every driver employs. He created these images at The Race of Champions in Paris and London, where top drivers from Formula One, the World Rally Championship, NASCAR, X-Games, and other series compete directly against each other driving identical cars.
The book’s large 13-inch by 11-inch format and high-quality printing presents the subtle nuances of Zwart’s close-up, specially de-saturated color photography. “A book this of this size, and with this quality of printing really brings out the level of detail that I was trying to achieve with each portrait,” Zwart notes. “Each image is really bigger than life, sharper than life, more detailed than life, so that the viewer can really sense how all of the points of contact work together to make these drivers so successful.”
Each of the 24 drivers in Three Points of Contact is profiled in six pages of photographs and commentary. These profiles include a statistical career summary, as well as personal observations on how the three points of contact define each one’s driving and success. A concluding chapter presents The Race of Champions in words and photographs. Other drivers featured in the book include Formula One stars David Coulthard, Jenson Button, and Heikki Kovalainen, eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, X-Games and Rally America champion Travis Pastrana and 1995 World Rally Champion Colin McRae. The book is published in a limited edition of 1,500 copies and is presented in a handsome cloth-covered slipcase. Each copy includes a numbered bookplate signed by the author.