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Beyond the Limit [Kindle Edition]

Sid Watkins
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Strictly for motor racing fans, especially those who bought his best-selling memoirs Life at the Limit four years ago, because the Grand Prix neurosurgeon plunges straight into recollections of major crashes, then memories of the great drivers he has known, and finally a race-by-race account of the Millennium season. Watkins has such broad access to the motor racing fraternity that every section is an insider account, especially when he goes to the aid of Michael Schumacher in the famous 1999 Silverstone crash and recommends a heart bypass operation for Bernie Ecclestone in the same year. Most of the anecdotes are tinged with medical matters, making them all the more unusual and reducing some of the Grand Prix heroes to very basic levels. Covering safety issues as well, the motor racing doctor takes fans on the inside track into aspects and hazards they would never normally know about.

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In the years since Sid Watkins' first bestselling book of Formula One memoirs, Life at the Limit, was published the sport has seen enormous changes. The FIA's President, Max Mosley, has launched a zero option policy with the goal of zero mortality and much research and development has gone into technical changes to the cars, circuit design, safety barrier development and personal protection in the cockpit. The Prof has been intimately involved with this work, and discusses it in detail here, but as he knows only too well, uncertainty and unpredictability provide the thrills both the fans and the drivers crave. In Beyond the Limit, Watkins also looks at some of the extraordinary Grands Prix the sport has seen in the last four years, including Schumacher's epic crash at Silverstone in 1999. He also looks back over his twenty or more years in the sport and discusses some of the great drivers he has known. Here, too, is a race-by-race account of the Millenium season offering a completely up-to-date picture of Formula One at the beginning of the 21st century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2483 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (15 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8ESDN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 8 July 2001
By Dr. C.
Format:Hardcover
Prof Watkins' account of Formula One has made me become very interested in this sport, despite knowing nothing about it whatsoever before I read this excellent book and his other- Life at the Limit. His role of being the chief medical man at every Formula One meeting, and his invaluable help with all the tremendous safety innovations which have revolutionarised the sport, make him a leading man- no one better could write such a book. Added to this is his wicked sense of humour which shines through every page and kept me giggling throughout the book, and what is created is a must-have guide for anyone interested in Grand Prix. Read it and see for yourself...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book with an insight behind the scences of F1 26 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, Sid is a great storyteller. If you're looking for a different F1 book than this is the one for you!! I liked reading about different drivers reactions after a crash, and how some still managed to be on top of things. It's a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone who's into F1.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Prof Sid should be worth a read. He has seen more of the action and characters of F1, closer up, than anyone - even Murray Walker or B. Ecclestone. ...

The book consists of a hotchpotch of anecdotes presumably assembled from the ones left on his editor's floor from the previous book, many of which are banal, weak and lacking any connection with F1. This last point would not matter if the stories were pithy, witty and interesting: few are.

A pointless, skimpy and garbled re-hash of the 2000 season is trotted out to fill out the mid-section and the book ends with appendices of tables of extremely erudite but arcane statistics on injuries, construction materials, design specs and other matters vital to the FIA Medical and Technical Committees but of no interest to anyone else - not even Grand Prix drivers, I suspect - least of all Eddie Irvine ...

Prof Sid is a self-deprecating fellow. The result of the modesty of his narrative is that on many occasions you feel he's apologising for being present at the events and with the characters involved: consequently, descriptions are thin, lack colour and tend either to drift to vague, aimless conclusions or just stop dead, leaving the reader suspended, waiting for a point that will never be made.

By all means buy this book for a journey, swallow it whole at one sitting for the occasional insight or humorous anecdote expressed by an evidently charming man, then leave it on the plane without a second thought, as I did. One day we will have the full autobiography of Prof Sid, hopefully guided by a writer such as Alan Henry, Nigel Roebuck or David Tremayne. Unlike this one, that book will be worth keeping.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the sport's great characters 25 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was terrific. Sid is really one of the most important guys in F1 - so much depends on his decisions. Here you get an inside track to his mind and his thoughts about the dangerous nature of the sport which he loves. It's a great story - read it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but not so good either 30 Oct 2001
Format:Hardcover
If you have read the author's (excelent and highly recommended) previous book "Life at the limit" then this book might disapoint you.
It's not that bad, but for sure it does not contain so many interesting stories and anecdotes as his previous work, and it seems a little bit short and uninspired. I strongly advise you to wait for the paperback edition which is more reasonably priced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money. 3 Mar 2014
By ChrisH
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the most boring and poorly written books I have ever endured. Was hoping for insights and anecdotes, what I got as an endless list of doctors names and specialities. This man must have had a fascinating and unique position in F1 and yet the book fails almost completely to share any of the experience. A complete waste of time and money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Picks up where the last one left off 27 April 2014
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This really just picks up where the last one left off. If you read the first one, then you'll know what to expect. The variation here is a complete race by race review of the entire 2000 series.
There's small pen portraits of most the main characters around the paddock, a lot of which may be familiar from the first book.
There's pieces on the checks before the races, the issues with helicopters, hospitals etc, along with the set up of the medical cars during the races.
It does feel a bit disjointed at times, it could have done with a heavier editing hand on it, but saying that the enthusiasm shines through. Definitely worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Limit "A First Class Read" 8 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is just first class writen by a man with a knowledge of F1 like no other, At times you will smile and at others times you might almost shed a tear but you will read on to the end as it is a wonderful insight into the world of motor racing and F1.
Would I reccommend this book well yes even if you are not and F1 buff the story is just such a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 6 days ago by B. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good light read
Excellent holiday read nice and light very informative and entertaining. Very well respected author shame he is no longer with us. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Nigel Boynton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Very interesting and informative book looking back at the many racing drivers and their eventful situations. Prof Watkins is humorous and easy to read.
Published 24 days ago by Phil Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A good 'companion' book to 'Life at the Limit'
If you've read, and enjoyed, 'Life at the Limit' you'll probably want to read this too. It's written in a very factual, non-sensationalist style, as the previous book, so anyone... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jersey Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Better than described, arrived within time promised, practically like new for fraction of price - thank my lucky stars I followed my brothers advice (as bought as a Christmas... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Ann Whalley
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the limit
The book was nothing like I expected it to be. I choose the book because I wanted to know Sid Warkins background and how he got into Motorsport but instead I Titan account of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C A Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars What a read
It's a good book to read an insight of what went on behind the scenes.
As a new fan of the sport it's interesting to read the back ground to the safety features in place... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Denise Hawker
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting behind the scenes view of Formula one.
Like the his earlier book "Life at the limit" I found the structure of the book a little disjointed, but leaving that aside I found the Professors anecdotes and medical... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a bit too technical
Found it to be too much like a series of diary entries - a simple review of the races in year 2000 with little "behind the scenes" information. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars A great man
Got it to give to friend- exellent service IT ARRIVED PROMPTLY AND ON TIME.Better than going to library!! Race on !!
Published 21 months ago by old Bats
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