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Autocourse 2007/2008: The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual (Autocourse: The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual) [Hardcover]

Alan Henry , Adrian Dean
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crash Media Group Ltd; Revised edition edition (5 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905334214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905334216
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 32.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fine, 336pp. D/j (not price-clipped) in protective sleeve.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Autocourse 2007: Worth the Money! 5 Dec 2007
Autocourse 2007 is an in-depth yearbook analysing the 2007 season. The book contains the story of Lewis Hamilton's rise to fame, Fernando Alonso's fall out with McLaren, The Sy Scandal and Kimi Raikkonens road to the world championship, just to name but a few story's. It also contains team by team analysis, driver by driver reports and Race by Race facts, statistics and photos. With a 10-12 page review on each race it is the most detailed Formula 1 review out there. Autocourse also breifly reviws the A1 GP season, The Karting season, Nascar and many more

Here is my lowdown on which review to by:

For a cheap option with race by race reaction and opinions on the season buy The Formula One yearbook 2007-2008.

For the official story of the season with views from the people who matter buy The Official Formula 1 season Review 2007 book.

For the best reaction, race coverage, statistics and photography buy this as nothing can beat it.

Or if you dont like reading and just want clips buy The Formula 1 2007 DVD.

This book is worth 5 stars and my advise would be to get it right now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pretty pictures and stats 6 Dec 2007
Hmm... not bad, but could do better. This is not "in depth". It covers the season in about as much depth as you get from a good national newspaper, but Autosport this isn't. While there is a revealing profile of Kimi Raikkonnen, written by a fellow Finn, and the season's main stories are briefly outlined, no article weighs in at much over 1500 words so there really isn't the space to properly get into the minutiae of the tremendous events of the 2007 Formula One World Championship. For example, Mark Hughes (one of the best, most insightful and gifted communicators of F1 technology) has barely 1000 words in which to discuss the history of technology transfer (be it inspiration, interpretation or theft) from over 100 years of Grand Prix racing. Not much. Gone are the days of seriously meaty articles in Autocourse (although, to be fair, this has been the case for a few years now), and any real discussion of technical issues is absent. The races are handled competantly, and the plethora of statistics and digrams available are impressive. There are also some interesting snippets included as sidebar trivia, which help to illustrate the season's flow, but some have a distinctly Phil Space aspect to them. The review has also suffered with the season's drama dragging on beyond the publishing date, and some of the speculation surrounding Alonso is already well out of date.

However, the photography is stunning. The Crash Media website has been one of the best places to get up close and personal shots of this season's action, and these have been transferred through into this annual. All the major events are there, and most of the racing shots are up there among the best I have seen all year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 7 Jan 2014
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I have bought my sone this book every Christmas since he was abouth 12 and is now 41. He looks forward to it every year and is never dissapointed. A really well presented high quality book to treasure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton Love Fest 9 May 2008
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I look forward to Autocourse every year. My first hint that something wasn't quite right, was a pre-production photo I saw of the cover: Lewis Hamilton/McLaren. This was after Kimi Raikkonnen already won the WDC.

So I order anyway. The copy I received had a different cover, appropriate to the World Champion. But almost every single race report begins with ecstatic ravings about Lewis Hamilton, whether he won the race or not.

Even worse, Autocourse gave Hamilton the #1 driver position in the annual top ten rating! The guy blew the championship! Kimi fought hard and won it, yet he gets #2 status.

Alonso, the reigning WDC is treated as an afterthought throughout.

Buy it for the history, but you can't overlook the blatant favoritism throughout this issue. Not balanced reporting at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autocourse still the best 5 April 2008
By John T. Griffin - Published on
Autocourse remains the finest of all F-1 season reviews being published. Because it has a 57 year history (as of 2008 ) it has become a collectors item that ranks it a must have for any F-1 aficionado. The photographs are the years best from all of the who's who of F-1 photographers. Paul Henri Cahier, Darren Heath, Patrick Gosling, and Bryn Williams all are represented here in stunning fashion.
The reviews of the races and the stories that made the year in F-1 what is was are condensed brilliantly between the covers and make great reading even years later. Any person who is an F-1 junkie and is looking for something from his era of F-1 to pass on to the next generation with pride, Autocourse is it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blatantly Biased 19 Feb 2008
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The blatant pro-McLaren, anti-Alonso bias of this book is unfortunate, and stands out all the more with what has happened since the book went to press. For example, the book states, as purported fact, that Ron Dennis and McLaren management were entirely innocent in the Stepneygate affair, and were unfairly dragged into the matter through no fault of their own by the actions of a single bad apple.

The rules of objective reporting exist for a reason, and this book's editors would look a lot less ridiculous had they followed them. Every page seems a paean to Lewis Hamilton's skills, yes the very driver who threw away the championship. On the other hand, the editors simply gloss over the achievements of championship winner Kimi Raikkonen who fought hard using his extraordinary talent throughout the season. Alonso's own achievements -- the two-time and reigning world champion -- receive barely any mention. In short, the book's slant is rather nauseating to all but the most intractable anglophile racing fans.
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