by Daniel Cabart and Gautam Sen, with photography by Makarand Baokar and contributions from Karl Ludvigsen and David Burgess-Wise
The fastest cars in the world in 1919! Four Ballot racers – featuring cutting-edge, straight-eight engines with DOHC and four valves per cylinder – entered the 1919 Indianapolis 500 race, but came away with results that belied their potential. However, triumphs soon followed, including a second place at the 1921 French Grand Prix, a win at the first Italian Grand Prix a couple of months later, and then further successes in over 300 races and hillclimbs.
Ballot racing engines were copied by Miller, Offenhauser and Sunbeam, and inspired Duesenberg. The Ballot sports cars were an inspiration for the Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Bentleys, Delages and other specialised, high-performance production cars that were to take the sporting world by storm in the later 1920s, and they were unarguably the ancestor of all modern sports cars, being the first to be produced in series with a twin overhead camshaft engine and four valves per cylinder. Prominent coachbuilders, from H.J. Mulliner to Figoni, clothed their sporting chassis with imaginative designs, many of which are featured in these volumes.
This book is about Ballot the company and its founder, Ernest Ballot, as well as paying tribute to Ernest Henry, the man behind the engines, and the many brilliant racers, designers, and innovators associated with Établissements Ballot, one of the greatest of all French automotive marques that time has almost forgotten.
This 920-page set is due to be published in March, 2019 by Dalton Watson Fine Books
Many of the iconic vehicles of the second half of the 20th century, from simple, but beautiful Fiats, Citroëns and BMWs – to many astounding Alfa Romeos, Lancias, Maseratis and Lamborghinis, rolled out of the coachbuilding facilities of Carrozzeria Bertone, as well as the design studios of Stile Bertone. A succession of cutting-edge concept machines during the 1960s and 1970s further cemented the belief that Bertone was not only the most audacious, but also arguably the most progressive and innovative of all the Italian design studios, ever. Several of the important concept cars, as well as the emblematic production models from the Bertone design studio, were either retained or later collected by the coachbuilder in a private museum, housed at Stile Bertone near Turin. This book is about the many extraordinary cars from the Bertone Collection.
This book is published by Dalton Watson Fine Books in Februrary 2018 at the Salon de Retromobile Paris
Within the covers of The 101 Automotive Jewels of India unfolds a journey of discovery, of the most unusual, exciting and best preserved automobiles in India. The 101 vehicles documented encapsulate the essence of the automobile in India and the impact on contemporary culture. This book brings out the most authentic examples of India’s automotive past, as well as a carefully considered selection of historic vehicles that stood out either as interesting, fascinating, or simply beguiling.
The 101 Automotive Jewels of India by Gautam Sen & Makarand Baokar. Published by Heritage Publishers, New Delhi, India.
A selection of the finest Instagram accounts and photography. Cars gathers the most beautiful classic cars shots. A book published by Lanoo Publishers.
This magnificent book is a complete study of India’s automotive elite – the maharajas who so many exotic and exclusive cars from British, European and American car makers, mainly before independence in 1947. The coverage, contains over 500 images which were shots over 3 years of span.
My task was travel and shoot all the prestigious cars owned by the maharajas in outdoors and a studio environment all over India.
This book was published in 2010 in French edition first by Haynes Publishing consisting of 383 pages and later was published in English and German. There were about 3000 copies printed in French and 3500 copies printed in English.
This coffee table book was commissioned by Mercedes-Benz India in 2010. It covers the history of Mercedes-Benz in India much before it had a plant setup in Pune, India.
This coffee table book was commissioned by Apollo tyres in 2010. It documents the history of car design, how it has changed over the decades and the star designers who have played a significant role in influencing the world of design. I had the opportunity to contribute some of the photos in my stock library.
This booklet was commissioned by Hyundai India 2015. It was a fun project where Hyundai gave us then newly launched Hyundai Creta to explore the Hindustan-Tibet road high in trans-Himalayas and the Great Rann of Kutch. And the highlight was arranging a photoshoot - with special permissions - at the India-Pakistan border. For me, this was one of the most memorable commissioned assignments.
This coffee table book was commissioned by Maruti Suzuki India in 2015. The brief was to show life on the Golden Quadrilateral, India’s first modern highway network. I aimed to highlight the life the highway gives, and how the connection between Delhi-Kolkata-Chennai-Mumbai-Delhi makes these cities stronger and attracts life and sub-economies throughout the 5,846km.
I covered this whole route during the one-month commission, capturing the essence of India and its reliance on the highway for both road travel and local economy.