Real Racers: Photography from the Klemantaski Collection, By Stuart Codlin

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Louis Klemantaski was a French photographer devoted to documenting motor racing while it burgeoned during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and the archive that bears his name now holds some 500,000 images of the sport.

Real Racers matches some of the most evocative to the recollections of drivers including Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart. It is nostalgic for a golden era of gentlemen racers and British engineering, and the very shape of the cars seems to speak of optimism and progress. But perhaps Frank Williams sums up the appeal most succinctly: "Racing cars went fast and made a lovely noise."