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F1 Retro: 1970 [Picture Book] [Hardcover]

Mark Hughes
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cluster Publishing Ltd; First edition (1 Dec 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0957025521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957025523
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,246 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed 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 related 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). All quite superb stuff!

I have just about gleaned and read all that I possibly can over the years on this most fascinating yet tragic landmark season yet we have presented before us a plethora of new material in the form of both the printed word and photographic material all revealed and beautifully presented from within it's pages for the readers ultimate delight!

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 early 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 title perhaps due in small part to it's weak and innocuous cover design combined with a rather ambiguous title? To the contrary the quality of the dust jacket of 'F1 Retro 1970' is absolute top-notch whilst the cover design is simply quite stunning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars F1 Retro 1970 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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4.0 out of 5 stars F1 Retro 1970 7 Jan 2014
A beautiful book ! The gorgeous, almost poetic writing and stunning pictures conjures such vivid imagery. You can feel the danger and fear for the characters involved. Reading this book is like going back in time and experiencing these events.The analysis of the events and cars of the time are simply brilliant.The aero analysis using modern CFD simulation of the Lotus 72 is a stroke of genius and reveals information that even the designers of the time could not have known. The depth of reporting, the interviews with the cars designers, mechanics and drivers, all with the benefit of hindsight add to make this book one of the stand out F1 titles of the last decade, at least ! I can't put this book down !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very important and essential book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, thorough and readable look at F1 in a different world
Surely the most obsessively comprehensive book ever written about this era of motorsport. I was hooked after just the introduction, and the concept of looking back on such a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Perspective
I frankly had expected a "retro" view of the Seventies, and not solely of the 1970 F1 season. Read more
Published 4 months ago by johcafra
5.0 out of 5 stars F1 in my twentys
A verry good retro view on the 1970 F1 Season.
Remembering also the poor teams, wo normaly is not named.
Published 6 months ago by Beat Schenker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great book from one of the best F1 scribes. An interesting perspective from the view of today. will buy more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. B. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent book, full of interesting facts and perspectives on the era. The book was delivered really quickly and is a welcome addition to the collection.
Published 7 months ago by MSL
5.0 out of 5 stars F1 Retro
An excellently researched and wonderfully written book,I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of formula one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ian Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Plagiaristic
Poor quality paper. For £50 the reader deserves much better. Relies greatly on David Tremayne's biography & Formula 1 the autobiography. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roger Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars 1970 & all that
This is the best book about motor racing that I have read for a very long time - it's superlative in every respect. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mark Hughes Classic
I must admit to being a Mark Hughes fan. His Autosport column is the first I turn to each Thursday morning. As usual this is well written and captures the spirit of the age. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Peter Crosland
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended
Great work, really enjoyed it - as always with mark Hughes writings.
Superb text, many previously-unseen pictures, only found one possible error in text so far! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Madgwick
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