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Memoirs of Imola: Formula One's Bloodiest Weekend Revisited 20 Years on Paperback – 20 Jan 2014


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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Condor Pacific (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957536844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957536845
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the 29th of April to the 1st may 1994 formula one experienced its darkest ever hour. During these three days two drivers were killed, nine spectators were injured, six more mechanics were hurt and the sport of formula one was thrown into complete and utter disarray, with many, many people now questioning their desire to continue their involvement in grand prix racing. Even during the nineteen sixties and seventies, an era when formula one was generally at its most dangerous, nothing like this had ever been witnessed before, this was the mid nineties. People were turning on their television sets and watching the fresh prince of bell air; people were walking around wearing public enemy tee shirts and playing Sega mega drive and super Nintendo. The new breed of Formula one cars were now designed around aerodynamic rather than mechanical grip and designers bragged about how strong the new carbon fibre Monocoque's on their cars were, and how it had been twelve years since anyone had died at a grand prix. On the 28th April 1994 the only thing most formula one pundits were thinking about was whether or not Ayrton Senna could get his season back on course, but by the time the sun went down on the evening of may 1st many were wondering if formula one could ever recover from what it had been through over the last 72 hours. This is the story of how it happened, why it happened and most importantly why many lives have been saved as a direct result of this watershed moment in motorsport history. (please note that the publisher has recently updated the front cover of this book, please see the customer image, (underneath the main image) for the new front cover)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darius on 17 May 2014
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I just came back from Imola’s events dedicated to 20th anniversary of that black weekend and being blown away by how much still unknown and never told/written before material there was presented in written and spoken Italian, I naturally started to search if there is anything new in English as well. And bumped into this book. I brought it based on first two 5 star reviews, which were very poetically and professionally written advertisements, but as sadly I found by my own experience, where absolutely misleading about book’s content and quality. From the moment this book arrived, my excitement turned into complete disappointment.

So here are dry facts about this book: It is small format but thick, 336 pages book but it IS NOT detailed reading about 1994 San Marino GP’s weekend because ... most of the book’s pages are filled with pictures followed by 1-2 short sentences describing all photos on that page. Actually, typical page of the book looks very much like the cover, just even less text. I went through all book roughly calculating, all text alone would fill up to 20-25 pages of such small format book or 6-8 pages (average article length) of magazine like ‘Formula 1’ or ‘Motorsport’. As you can imagine, there is no way to fill detailed and extensive report about THAT weekend in such short amount of text. As for text quality, it would be acceptable for some entertainment newspaper or magazine distant from motor racing to give basic reflection with few interesting details about 1994 Imola’s events. But most motor racing fans would expect more. More even from article, never mind from a whole book dedicated to that single weekend. And bad things only start here, because written content of the book was the least disappointing thing about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike H on 19 May 2014
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This is without doubt the most poorly produced book I've EVER seen!

It's not for me to comment on other reviews, it's their opinion on a product to which they're completely entitled. However, I will say that I thoroughly disagree with the rave reviews given by "john humphreys" and "F1 Obsession".

This is why:

The book consists mainly of images with VERY little text over 336 pages.

IMAGES: ratio;
The images, as low quality as they already are, have been even further reduced in quality by squashing and stretching them to fit the page, seemingly without any knowledge or thought given to the image ratio! Consequently, the images are distorted so far out of correct ratio you wouldn't believe. Car wheels are ovoid and the cars themselves stretched and squished into all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes. Faces and the human form are stretched tall like matchsticks or squashed down to look fat!

PUNCTUATION: poor.

SPELLING ERRORS:
minutes - in the book this is spelt - minuets.
while - in the book - wile
where - in the book - were
though - in the book - through

The above spelling errors are not single instances, they are REPEATED throughout the text. I read the book in less than two hours, and I'm not a fast reader - which gives an indication of just how little text there is. The text that does exist is very simplistic and of no real substance.

These are inexcusable errors, made by the author, proof readers and publisher. I find it quite astonishing that this book could have come to be on sale in this state.

NOT A RECOMMENDED PURCHASE. Appalling production values.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Jethro M Day on 9 July 2014
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I made the mistake of believing the first two reviews of this book and bought this. Even after the first couple of pages it became clear that this is a complete joke of a book, consisting of images taken from Google searches and poorly formatted onto the pages and text which must have been knocked together in a few hours with virtually no research or effort to proof read or edit. This is an appallingly bad book and it's only use can be for trainee proofreaders and editors to use as an example of what not to do.

The only positive I can take is that I will be much more careful when purchasing items based on a couple of reviews in future.
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