The Golden Age of Formula 1, by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch
© 2017 teNeues, ISBN 9783832769239 (Small Format Edition Hardcover)

Rainer Schlegelmilch is among the longest serving and most acclaimed photographers in Formula 1 history. With his photographic career spanning six decades, Schlegelmilch is famed among motorsport insiders and fans alike for his unique skills at capturing the perfect shot. His photos are artistic, instant classics and utterly unmistakable.

After graduating from the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in Munich, Schlegelmilch’s introduction to motorsport began in 1962 when a friend took him to the Nürburgring 1000Km race.

The 1960s are often dubbed motorsport’s ‘Golden Age’. It was the age where there was comparatively scant regard for safety, where the threat of death and injury was an established by-product of open-cockpit, open-faced helmet racing. Schlegelmilch was hooked.

While earning a steady income through his advertising photographic business in Frankfurt, Schlegelmilch’s true passion remained cars – whether it was Formula 1, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Targa Florio. If it had four wheels and an engine, he wanted to photograph it.

His images were quickly picked up by publications including Auto Motor und SportCar & DriverRoad & Track, and more. He photographed exclusively in black-and-white until 1969 before switching exclusively to colour photography, and ultimately became digital in 2004. With over 400,000 slides and digital files – plus around 15,000 black-and-white negatives – he has amassed one of the largest photographic portfolios in motorsport.

Having attended over 600 Grands Prix, Schlegelmilch has been up close and personal with the star drivers, teams and personalities of Formula 1.

1967 GP Monaco (Monte Carlo), John Surtees (Honda) Photo © 2017 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch. All rights reserved.
1963 Dutch GP (Zandvoort), Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren Photo © 2017 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch. All rights reserved.
1969 French GP (Clermont-Ferrand), Jackie Stewart (Matra) Photo © 2017 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch. All rights reserved.
1962 Belgian GP (Spa-Francorchamps), Jack Brabham (Lotus) Photo © 2017 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch. All rights reserved.
1966 Monaco GP (Monte Carlo), Jackie Stewart (BRM) Photo © 2017 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch. All rights reserved.

Schlegelmilch’s latest exhibition book, titled The Golden Age of Formula 1, is a pure retrospective look at his first forays into motorsport, an era before the technological arms race that is today’s era of Formula 1: where the talent of the driver could truly be the differentiator. It was the era where design and the early concepts of aerodynamics were starting to come to the fore, where heroes like Bruce McLaren, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Jacky Ickx were the pin-up heroes for young fans. Names like Ferrari, Brabham, Lotus, Cooper, and Matra were at the forefront.

With Schlegelmilch’s compelling photographs, this extraordinary volume takes fans so close they can almost smell the burning rubber and hear the roaring engines. It was truly a golden era.

Published in a unique small format edition at a special price through the publisher, this is a unique opportunity to celebrate on of the sport’s master artists.

The Golden Age of Formula 1 can be purchased directly from the teNeues website for just €29.90 / US$45 / £ 26.95.

All images © 2017 Rainer W. Schlegelmilch. All rights reserved.
© The Golden Age of Formula 1 by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, Small Format Edition,
published by teNeues, € 29.90,

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.