Ballot Leatherbound Edition
Ballot by Daniel Cabart and Gautam Sen
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by Daniel Cabart and Gautam Sen with photography by Makarand Baokar and contributions from Karl Ludvigsen and David Burgess-Wise

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Dalton Watson Fine Books is pleased to announce a major two-volume work on th e history and cars of Ballot.

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.

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  • Two volumes
  • Page count: Vol. 1: 448, Vol. 2: 472
  • Images: 1650 images
  • Finalist for the 2020 Historic Motoring Awards Publication of the Year
  • Finalist for the 2019 RAC Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2020 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Outstanding Book of 2020
  • ISBN: 978-185443303-9
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Topics covered include:
  • Monsieur Ballot and His Company
  • Ernest Henry
  • The Technology of Ballot Grand Prix Engines
  • The Races: Including the 1919 and 1920 Indianapolis 500, 1921 French Grand Prix, 1921 Italian Grand Prix, Gaillon Hillclimb, Targa Florio, Brooklands and more...
  • The Racing Ballots: 5/8LC, 3/8LC, 2LS
  • The Ballot Road Cars: 2LT, 2LTS, RH, HS-26
  • Ballot Stationary and Marine Engines
  • Ballot Motorcycle Engines and more!
Author Biography
Daniel Cabart: An inveterate collector of automotive-related documents for more than three decades, Daniel Cabart has always been passionate about automotive history. A specialist on Delage, having restored three of them, Cabart has written several books (with more on the way), based on thousands of documents and period images detailing the marque’s history.

Given Cabart’s passion for Delage, he has also been able to help with the preparation of several other books authored by historian friends on Saoutchik, Lorraine-Dietrich, Kellner, etc. Of considerable interest to Cabart is the Ballot marque, as it was closely linked to Delage from the pre- 1914 period as the latter’s main engine supplier.

Besides writing three books: Delage: France’s Finest Car (with Claude Rouxel and David Burgess-Wise) published by Dalton Watson Fine Books, Delage: Champion du Monde 1927 and Louis Delage, la passion de l’Automobile, Daniel regularly writes for L’Automobible, the Delage Owners club magazine, and also contributes to Automobilia, L’Aventure de l’Automobile and several other magazines.

Daniel Cabart has won recognition with his writing: the Cugnot award from the Society of Automobile Historians (2006), Prix Bellecour (2006) and the Royal Automobile Club award for the Motoring Book of the Year in 2017.
Gautam Sen: Fascinated by model cars and automobiles since he was a young boy, Gautam Sen turned his passion into a career. He established India’s first newsstand automobile magazine Indian Auto in 1986, followed by Auto India in 1993, and then the Indian editions of German auto motor und sport and BBC’s TopGear magazines. Sen has also been involved with the Indian automobile industry, working with Maruti Udyog as well as several other prominent automobile companies, and was instrumental in the design and development of India’s first sports car, the San Storm. Whilst working on several design projects, Sen had the privilege of collaborating with eminent designers such as Gerard Godfroy, Marcello Gandini and the late Tom Tjaarda. Since 2015, Sen has been a Vice President with FIVA (Fédération Internationale de Véhicules Anciens). He has also been a member of the jury at several prestigious historic vehicle events such as Le Mans Classic, Chantilly Arts & Elegance and YanQi Concours d’Elegance. Sen has authored several critically acclaimed books on automobiles: The Maharajas & Their Magnificent Motor Cars, The Car Design Book, Rolls-Royce 17EX A Fabulous Destiny, A Million Cars for a Billion People , Marcello Gandini: Maestro of Design, The Bertone Collection and The 101 Automotive Jewels of India.

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