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How a successful engineer worked his way through the Motor racing industry.
on 2 May 2015
3 and a half would be more precise. It's easy to read, and contains more than a few 'revelations' about cars and people, relevant to those interested in the work that Mr. Bennett did. Being English, and old... my interest is more with regard to his work in the Grand Prix arena in the 70's and early 80's. Interest in the Indy cars is not so great because of the lack of exposure in the UK, until, that is, Nigel Mansell went stateside in 1993.
Mr Bennett observes things as an engineer, which is what he is, of course, and as a result the text can be rather 'drier' than I would have liked, as technical problems and solutions are gladly recounted throughout. Interesting from an engineering point of view, many of the subjects discussed were beyond me...
I wanted this book because the author worked with my favourite driver Gunnar Nilsson (sadly spelt 'Nielson' in the book) at Team Lotus in 1976 and 1977, and as far as I'm concerned, any new information about this is a must for me. That said, would I be unfair in suggesting that the author considers drivers as simply another cog in the (engineering) wheel?... Well, I know that they are, but some of us look more for the human angle...
For any engineers out there,who are interested in Motor Racing, and the technical problems encountered and involved, this represents a good book. Although from a personal point of view I'd prefer less technology to be involved in modern motor racing, it made me realise the hard technical work that goes on to create and build a racing car in the modern era (infact, any era), and as such provides an valuable insight into the industry as a whole.