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  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Vatersay Books; 1st edition (17 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956473806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956473806
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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)

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Clyde Brolin has spent over a decade following the Formula 1 circus around the world as both a journalist and a team member.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Thomas on 28 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating, extremely well informed, and well written, journey through the minds of some of the greatest sporting champions of the last 50 years. In an accessible way, it seeks to unwrap what separates the champion from the runner-up. The book addresses head on that mystical - even religious - experience that some of the great sporting masters admit they have undergone where at moments of the most intense sporting pressure, time seems to slow down, and they are suddenly relaxed. This mental, or spiritual place, that is often now referred to as being "in the zone".

Such a topic would lend itself to new-age mumbo jumbo or psychobabble, yet the author (whoever he actually is) manages to describe and analyse the phenomenon in a witty, down-to-earth way. Almost every point he makes is cross-referenced to an actual quote from a sporting great. It is this seemingly endless source of information, scrupulously taken from the horse's mouth, that really marks this book out as something special.

The author's passion and exuberance for the subject shines through, particularly when addressing some of the all-time legends of Grand Prix racing. The focus is heavily on motor racing drivers, but the author takes in many other sports along the way, including boxing, cricket, archery even darts! This book does not claim to be a "how to be a champion" sporting manual. However, it lifts the lid on one of the great secrets to gaining that mental edge that may prove key to winning a physical duel, whatever the sporting arena.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Bayly on 21 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
First, a confession: I have never really enjoyed motor sports. Despite the physical fitness required, it seemed wrong to me that so much depended on the machine. So I had some trepidation when picking this book up for the first time. But I need not have worried. Yes, the book's material is drawn substantially from the pantheon of modern racing drivers, but it is far from exclusive, and like many of the best sports books, the themes explored here are universal.

Brolin documents a very personal obsession with the phenomenon known as "The Zone", taking as a starting point Ayrton Senna's infamous qualifying run for the Monaco Grand Prix in 1988. But rather than taking a dry tour through all the possible explanations, he allows the reader to learn directly from those who have experienced it themselves. Indeed, one of the most impressive things about this book is the vast array of top flight sports men and women who contribute their own thoughts and experiences.

The book is at its best while exploring the different types and possible reasons for the zone, and no stone is left unturned. But, brilliantly, no answer is forced upon the reader - we are left to draw our own conclusions. For those interested in preparing for peak performance, there are plenty of paths to follow, whether physical, psychological or spritual.

And without being completely converted, I am keeping a much more interested eye on the new Formula 1 season...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Patrick J. Mcguinness on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is no ordinary sports book. 'The Zone' - a place of a no-thought, bliss, and a much faster lap time - may be beyond words, but that hasn't stopped Brolin telling us about it, with an impressive collation of descriptions from legends in motor racing and other sports that he has painstakingly collated. This book will be of interest to any sports fan, or seeker of 'peak performance' in any field. For motor-racing aficionados it is surely a must-have. Enjoy!
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