"A lively book . . . of outstanding importance: a fresh approach to the life of one of motorsport's true racers" -- Motor Sport, July 2003
"Christopher Hilton's brilliant biography
brings the legend of Nuvolari to life." -- The Independent, 1 December 2003
Vivid biography of possibly the greatest racing driver of all time. - Uses dramatic contemporary reports to recreate Nuvolari's great races, including his remarkable victory in the 1935 German GP and his heartrending last stand in the 1948 Mille Miglia. - Author PR; book signings; reviews/features in Motor Sport, F1 Racing and other motorsport press as well as the Telegraph Magazine and national sport supplements. Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953) is widely regarded as the greatest racing driver of all time. Through the 1930s and into the 1940s his reputation for skill and bravery eclipsed a whole generation of rivals. Even today his name alone evokes a classic era in the history of road and Grand Prix racing. Yet there is no current affordable biography of him in the English language. In this fascinating assessment of Nuvolari's life, Christopher Hilton seeks to understand Nuvolari the man - and the Nuvolari legend as it unfolded. Using original documentary material, race reports of the time from several countries and the recollections of Nuvolari's contemporaries, the author recreates the excitement generated by his driving and the impact it made on motorsport.
Nuvolari's virtuosity at the wheel came with a competitive instinct so fierce that he repeatedly broke cars and his own body. The author captures many aspects of Nuvolari's strong personality, a personality which, in the days before intrusive journalism, was virtually unknown. The extraordinary performances that decorated Nuvolari's long career form the backbone of the narrative - the 1930 Mille Miglia, the 1935 German GP, the 1938 British GP at Donington, the 1948 Mille Miglia. Marking the half century after Nuvolari's death, this new biography is an invaluable addition to motor racing history and essential reading for anyone interested in the sport - even if they are followers of modern Formula 1 heroes like the Schumachers, Coulthard and Montoya.