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Formula 1 in Camera 1970-79, Volume 2 Hardcover – 7 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857330748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857330741
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Parker is the author of six previous titles in Haynes s In Camera series, covering sports car racing and Formula 1 in the decades 1950 59, 1960 69 and 1970 79, and his work has also been published in Octane, Motor Sport and the Daily Telegraph. He lives in Switzerland.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "doliver74" on 17 Dec. 2003
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I eagerly awaited arrival of this tome as this period is one of the most fascinating in F1. Tubes with engines stuck on the back disappeared as aerodynamics were discovered, if not completely understood until the end of the decade. Everyone had their own approach and the cars looked different - so unlike today.
This book includes some of the most brilliant and insightful photographs of the Grand Prix world that I have ever seen. A large number of such books are 99% cars during a race and while this book has its fair share of these shots, it also contains more interesting ones of the people that make the F1 world happen. These are interesting because they show more of the personality of the competitors than simply a driver in a helmet.
It is also of particular interest to see the share of time given to "lesser" teams of the times - if any can be called that. Certainly my fear was that the book would focus each year on the main participants but this was not the case. The inclusion of such minnows was gratifying and rounded out each year.
There are some years when entire teams seem to be missing. As a Williams fan of nearly 30 years I had hoped for more photographs of the team in the period between 1971 and 1977 but, as explained in the introduction, not all races were attended and there are other teams as well. Still looking for decent photos of the Politoys FX-3 and other early Williams cars, but this book has at least provided me with several excellent representations of some of the cars.
Against this very personal (and biased) aspect is the fact that the book contains excellent shots of new drivers each year. As an example, very few books of this stature would include shots of Alan Jones in the Harry Stiller Hesketh or Embassy Hill from 75 and 76.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Pitts on 2 July 2007
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I bought this book on the strength of the review by doliver74 and i'm delighted with it. This has to be the best period in formula 1 for sheer innovation and style with some great drivers. In addition to the photographs and captioning there is a brief write up for each year. At the end of each year there is a page showing the teams, drivers and results. Buy and enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Duffy on 31 Dec. 2010
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This is a marvellous book. The images selected create a stimulating combination of cars and drivers and tracks and related ephemera. It's a broad view and better for that. Great shots here of heroes forever and technology that couldn't succeed.
Most of all, the text matches the images for illumination, warmth, and sheer humanity. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. NEIL on 10 April 2013
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Very expensive book and arrived slightly dented at the corners. I was a bit disappointed with the print quality as well - couple of pages have blobs on them. The content is what you would expect from the product information and reviews and if you enjoy F1 nostalgia then you will enjoy the book although I might have been better off seeking out the 1970s editions of Autocourse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Newton on 23 May 2012
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Another brilliant book in the series, Excellent photographs and well written texts,

Perfect for a trip into Formula 1 from the seventies, ( I remember I was there.) if you like F1, you won't be disappointed with this second volume, a perfect companion for Vol 1. Well worth the money. Lets have a book from the nineties and noughties too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kent on 21 Feb. 2013
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Like someone else i was swayed by the review by doliver74. This book took me back to the era when i first became interested (later obsessed!) by the world of Formula One. The cars of this era explored the limits of design, and innovation/evolution was almost Darwin-esque, you developed your car based on theory and your success depended on whether your design actually worked. Six-wheeled cars?! Each car was individual, unlike now where they all appear very similar, defined by computers and rules, livery is almost the only way to tell them apart. As a kid, I thought the drivers in this book were heroes just for getting in them, this book does a good job of transporting you back to a time when they were more than passengers, you can almost smell the oil! The book contains superb photos, commentary and insight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sussexbowler on 12 Sept. 2012
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I'll admit to having been there for half of the years dealt with by this book.
To that end, it acts as a fine reminder of those people who were ALSO on the grid, and as such, helped contribute to the stories and folklore of the period.

BUT. There is something missing. You see, whilst we have lovely colour photographs of cars that were generally only ever published in black and white, back in the day, the pictures are not generally associated with the action that may have given them notoriety.

It's like seeing the actors of a play going into the theatre at the stage door, but then not actually being able to see the play itself.

The photos used aren't always that good, but that's probably down to the era, because colour photography wasn't generally used for action, unlike today, where it's use is unrestricted. If I'd been able to get this book 30 years ago, I'd be more grateful than I am perhaps in 2012.

The positive thing IS that we are allowed to see these guys in colour at all! I kid you not.

Jim Crawford in a Lotus 72 at Monza in 1975 is one such example, or the photogenic Maki F101 from the same year. Yes, a rubbish performer, but still a looker!

Sadly, we are not shown drivers tackling the great corners (Well, okay, we get Ronnie Peterson in 1970 at Burnenville, Spa), so you won't come away awe-struck, having seen the drivers tackling the humps and jumps, so notorious of some of the great circuits used at the time, which is a pity.

And so to those memories.
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