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.