Ayrton Senna – The Last Night

The career and private life of the iconic Brazilian race car driver, narrated in one hundred photographs.

The story of Ayrton Senna is not easy to tell as it involves retracing an intense competitive career, looking into the vulnerable soul of a complex man, and reliving his tragic death, which occurred during the bloodiest weekend in the history of modern motor racing. It also means paying homage to a truly heroic figure, whose grace and appeal remain intact. Ayrton Senna. The Last Night recounts this captivating story through the writings of Giorgio Terruzzi and the photography of Ercole Colombo, who combines a passion for Formula One and an innate journalistic talent with the aesthetic touch of a great photographer.

The book covers the most important moments in Senna’s life: his brilliant wins, his defeats, the loss of his friends, his great rivalries with other drivers, his emotions and family relationships. It concludes with the thoughts, contradictions, and feelings of Senna’s last night, and the terrible accident that cost him his life. The narrative represents a journey into the collective memory, in which which each racing fan cherishes particular moments, personal memories, emotions, and grief related to a figure who somehow continues to appear and to race in a brightly coloured firmament. Author Giorgio Terruzzi is a writer, journalist and great expert on Formula One racing who has worked with many newspapers including Corriere della Sera. In 2015, his book Suite 200: L’ultima notte di Ayrton Senna (2014) won the Bancarella Sport prize.

Publication: October 2016 Language: English Length: 160 pages Size: 30 x 20 cm (landscape) Illustrations: 152 colour Binding: Hardback cover Price: £ 34.95 ISBN: 978-88-572- 3153-2

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Distributed by Rajesh Mittal of Fouchard Filipi Communications.

31st March 2017

 

MOTOVIEW’S EDITORIAL

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words which is an apt phrase with this photographic narrative. Ercole Colombo’s quality pictures convey meaning from Senna’s aggressive overtaking manoeuvres to the warmth of Nigel Mansell holding Ayrton’s wrist on the podium of the Hungarian Grand Prix of 1992.

Towards the end of Giorgio Terruzzi’s foreward, he writes, ” A photo is enough to take us back in time, to catch a breath of romanticism and melancholy. And also of images that are still fresh.” How true this is.

Words by Sotiris Vassiliou

April 2017