- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857381253
- ISBN-13: 978-0857381255
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Burning Rubber: The Extraordinary Story of Formula One Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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'A funny and engaging tale of how the sport got where it is today.' Motorsport.
'Compulsory reading for anyone with a passing interest in men and motors' Independent.
'Well-researched and packed with insightful anecdotes ... For anyone new to F1, this is a must have' EPSN F1 website.
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Formula One has been thrilling its fans, and annoying its critics, ever since its inaugural season of 1950. In Burning Rubber, Charles Jennings tells the fast and furious tale of motor sport's premier competition, from its earliest roots in the suicidal road races of the Edwardian age to the brave new world of Hamilton, Button, Massa and Vettel in the 2000s. In a narrative bristling with anecdote and incident, he explores the lost world of the 1950s racetrack, the rise of British constructors in the 1960s, the impact of technological changes from the late 1970s, the advent of the high-profile team boss in the 1980s and the revolution wrought on Formula One by computers in the 1990s. Throughout, sparkling and incisive profiles shed revelatory light on the drivers who have risked life and limb on circuits from Hockenheim to the Hungaroring and from Monte Carlo to Monza: the brilliant but inscrutable Juan Manuel Fangio, the ebullient Stirling Moss, the champagne-gargling James Hunt, the cerebral Alain Prost and the mercurial Ayrton Senna (whose combined brilliance was exceeded only by their mutual loathing), the adenoidal Nigel Mansell, the metronomic Michael Schumacher, the precocious Lewis Hamilton and the reborn Jenson Button. Burning Rubger takes the reader on a white-knuckle drive through the bends, straights, chicanes and pit stops of Formula One's chequered history - in the richly entertaining and enlightening company of one of Britain's sharpest and funniest writers.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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I had two main problems with the book:
Firstly, the writer Charles Jennings pays more attention to some eras then others. The 1990s and 2000s are barely touched upon for example compared to the endless content on the 70s area. Of course we have our favourite era's and some are more interesting than others, but as a chronological introduction to Formula One, it certainly fast forwarded through some stories. It is also evident that Jennings has particular feelings toward certain drivers and teams. Whether or not this is deliberate i am not sure, but Lotus seems to be glorified a lot in the book, while Senna is victimised and even demonised, which paints an inaccurate picture i believe of not only Lotus' downfall and Senna's achievements.
Secondly, there are few too many mistakes in this book. Too often i find myself, no expert mind you, correcting what i've just read. "Alain Prost left Mclaren at the end of 1990"...no he didn't and "Nigel Mansell finally won the World Championship in 1994"...1992, are both examples that spring to mind.
It is because of this i rate the book as poorly as i have.
There can be no doubt that the author has undertaken a lot of research and really knows the subject well. What is even more important is his obvious passion for the sport, which really shines out on every page. His style is one of great enthusiasm - you can almost imagine that you're sat in the pub having a pint with him as he recounts all of the tales that he has learned.
This is not a technical book - it concentrates more on the personalities involved with the sport, with all their fascinating little foibles which makes for very interesting reading.
For someone who is a complete 'petrolhead' and who has already read a dozen books on the subject, I can imagine that they might find this book a little lightweight. But anyone else without a good understanding of Formula One throughout its history is sure to thoroughly enjoy this book.
Seasoned F1 enthusiasts will gain virtually nothing from this because most if not all the content has been taken from various other F1 titles, The eagle eyed will notice some fairly large chunks of interviews from some well known F1 titles.
The problem with books such as these is that somehow, while being able to state the facts and figures and quote the usual quotes, the soul of F1 is always missing - the soul that real F1 journalists bring like Roebuck and Jenkinson - these guys have been there and seen it all as well as having been both friends and enemies to most of the F1 stars from the last 50 years, and it makes a whole amount of difference. This author is simply going through the motions, and it shows.
As ever with these weekend F1 'experts' there are the usual litany of errors. Appendix I contains some fantastic howlers; here's a selection of drivers and their teams....
Ronnie Peterson 1978 (Ferrari)
Gilles Villeneuve 1979 (Williams)
Nelson Piquet 1980 (Ligier)
Nelson Piquet 1981 (Williams)
Alan Jones 1981 (Renault)
Keke Rosberg 1982 (Ferrari) - (This one had me rolling around the floor - thanks Mr Jennings!!)
And it goes on and on......Please, please bring back Roebuck and Jenks!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too many mistakes, niggling comments about Americans...but worst of all it has no soul. Reads like a shopping list. Makes me wonder if he even likes F1.Published 12 months ago by TImothy P Fox
For anyone just getting into formula one this book is a must read highlighting all the memorable event in the history of the
sport. Well written and difficult to put down.
Light tone, brilliant commentary and memorable quotes, mixed together with an enormous knowledge make this book a must for anyone. Read morePublished 22 months ago by carrosvoss
Interesting and perceptive. A very readable account of F1 over the years. Would recommend this to snyone wiith an interest in Motorsport.Published 22 months ago by H. Reid
I thoroughly enjoyed Burning Rubber. It gives a very interesting insight into racing both past and present. It moved well and I found none of it boring. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by W. R. Robinson
Lots of stuff about F1 World Champions down the years. The author puts all of our heroes in perspective as well as having collected a lot of factoids and gossip you may not be... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by tootoot
This is an easy-reading account of 60 years of F1 history. It does not pretend to be a definitive work and it does contain some mistakes that would offend the 'anoraks'. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2013 by Harty