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F1 Retro: 1970 Hardcover – Picture Book, 1 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cluster Publishing Ltd; First edition (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957025521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957025523
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 2 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F1 Retro 1970 by Mark Hughes puts the microscope on the tumultuous 1970 F1 season from the perspective of 43 years later. New testimony from Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi and many of the other surviving drivers takes you back to the glamour but also the gritty reality behind the façade. Designers/engineers including Ron Tauranac, Tony Southgate, Mauro Forghieri, Bernard Boyer, Robin Herd, Gordon Coppuck, Gian Paulo Dallara explain their designs, rich in anecdote. An evocative text brings out the shade and light of the times and of the personalities of those involved, a technical section uses the benefit of hindsight and modern simulation tools to analyse each design, including fascinating CFD analysis of the title-winning Lotus 72. A multi-dimensional look at a beautiful but lethal time in F1, all illustrated with fantastically evocative photography from the LAT archive, stunning design and beautiful production. F1 Retro takes you right back there but with today's eyes. The first of a spectacular series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark R.Oakley on 5 Jan. 2014
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This was my best and most enjoyable F1 book purchase this year, seriously enjoyable and worth reading every chapter. The breakdown into an initial subtitle `Yesterday's F1 through today's eyes' says it all really and with this intrigue leads into further subtitles `The races', 'The machines' and `The men'. An extensive Forward and fascinating Introduction precedes the race accounts which are detailed and with detail I've not come across elsewhere although I now understand that great works such as Ted Simon's `The Chequered Year' were drawn upon. The LAT photos are new and interesting and add much to the otherwise superb photos we see in abundance from Schlegelmilch for example. These two photographic sources have in recent years super-boosted the former scarcity of photos from the era. A chapter on statistics has a modern feel to it and is followed by another superbly written chapter on the Aerodynamics and then accounts relating to each car with a modern aerodynamicist's opinion too. A final chapter revealing the personalities of the drivers from this risky period of F1 history is a further blessing.
The chapter on aerodynamics treats us to a modern detailed Computational Fluid Dynamics assessment of the Lotus 72 for example and is a fascinating eyeopener, the Lotus 72's aero' being compared to that of the other main contenders. Additional chapters on Tyres and Engines are a bonus. The actual hardback book is very well produced and has a robust binding and quality dust-jacket. The photographs in my copy were perfectly normal as expected and I thought very good indeed. The Chapter contents had one error in that the chapter titled 'The Drivers A-Z' starts on page 238, not 228.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maltozo on 1 Jun. 2014
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If like myself (or even if you are not!) 1970 was a pivotal season within your formative years of the late 1960's/early 1970's era this is indeed a most welcome and utterly essential tome. The 1970 season was in so many ways such an important one in the history of F1. It ushered in the beginnings of a truly new era and it's all impressively related here in 'F1 Retro 1970' by Mark Hughes. The 'story' is conveyed with great aplomb whilst exhibiting formidable attention to detail through what appears to have been some thoroughly extensive and painstakingly accurate research. It's packed with new original source material and historical insight with some wonderful current day reflections and perspectives from numerous VIP's. (See product description). Quite superb stuff!

I have just about researched and read all that I possibly can over the years on this most fascinating yet tragic season however, we have presented here before us a plethora of new material in the form of both the printed word and photographic content all revealed and beautifully presented from within it's 250-odd pages.

It exhibits authority, depth, focus and insight from it's author, if very occasionally becoming just a tad flowery and overly dramatic with it's pros; during it's earlier pages if I recall correctly? At times it justifiably refers back to 'Faster!' (Stewart & Manso) and Ted Simon's book 'The Chequered Year', the latter a somewhat underrated and overlooked work perhaps due in small part to it's rather weak and innocuous cover design combining with a somewhat ambiguous title? To the contrary the quality of the dust jacket of 'F1 Retro 1970' is absolute top-notch, its design being quite simply stunning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith W. Warden on 14 Mar. 2014
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I remember the 1970 season like it was yesterday and can still remember all the teams and which drivers drove for them and can still recall all the GP winners and, if pressed, can have a go at who finished second. When you're 16 these things never leave you. This is a very important book for anyone like me who knows that period.well as it analyses all the important matters with the benefit of 43 years of reflection. The study of the Lotus 72 is just jaw-dropping. I even learned some new facts. I always thought Ron Dennis cocked up Black Jack's British GP and it turns out it was Nick Goozee and I had always read about the Spa lap record "post-chicane" and never knew exactly where it was and here is a picture of it at Malmedy. Re-reading my 1970 Autocourse was pretty essential after this and going back and forth between them is time not all badly spent, especially with a spot of libation to hand. I don't agree that this should be a sequential series as this misses the point totally. The idea is to focus on a pivotal year and fully analyse it. If pushed I would go for 1967 when the 3 litre Cosworth era got going, You've got radical design - Lotus 49, new standards of engineering - Cosworth DFV, a great car - Jack's Brabham, and tragedy - Bandini, Bob Anderson and the best race of all time - the unbelievable Italian GP where Jim makes up a whole lap and then runs short of fuel on the last lap.

There you are, Mark Hughes - go for it. I'll be first in the queue.

This book - 10 stars at least.
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