'The Zone' is an area almost beyond understanding but, once inside it, a driver or any sports person experiences a sense of calm and ease of action that comes close to euphoria. Explaining how it happened is much more difficult. And there is a reluctance to talk about it in case the listener thinks he is either mad or out of control when supposedly in charge of a vehicle capable of 200mph. But the full extent of this phenomenon has become startlingly apparent in Overdrive, a paperback book that thoroughly investigates the subject. Clyde Brolin clearly has impeccable contacts and the respect of the racing community, judging by 100 interviews with top drivers and riders. --Maurice Hamilton (The Observer)
In this fascinating book, Clyde Brolin searches out those who have experienced that magical feeling in a racing car where they can do no wrong, where driving at the limit is the easiest thing in the world. It's a feeling of invincibility rarely attained even by the top guys, but it is generally accessible by anyone. When a driver reaches this Zone, we see pure, undistilled, 100 per cent of his potential. It's the place of which Ayrton Senna famously and mystically spoke when describing his laps at Monaco in 1988. Brolin has interviewed many of the sport's greats, as well as lesser lights and sportspeople from outside motor racing, about the phenomenon and the consistency of the themes is striking. Brolin took years researching the book and it would be nice if he were rewarded for such dedication to a complex subject. Buy it: you ll have spent a tenner but gained a fascinating insight. --Mark Hughes (Autosport magazine)
Overdrive is a unique and fabulous work. The author has extracted a gripping and fascinating collection of lucid recollections from many of the most famous names in motorsport. Brolin has essentially unearthed a whole world of private experience which has received little prior attention. The accounts rendered of being in the Zone should be treated as a treasure-trove for psychologists and neuroscientists. Buy it! --Dr Gordon McCabe (McCabism website)
About the Author
Clyde Brolin has spent over a decade following the Formula 1 circus around the world as both a journalist and a team member.