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Tales from the toolbox

Tales from the toolbox [Kindle Edition]

Michael Oliver , Jackie Stewart
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The photos, many of which come from the mechanics' personal collections, are not only priceless, but properly capture the moments and tales told by the crew members. This book is a must for all racing fans -

Chapter themes in this enjoyable paperback range from travel to job risks, with memories of key spanner-men. Pull-out boxes make it easy to dip into ... - Classic & Sports Car

Few books have given us as much enjoyment in recent months as this compilation of tales from the less than glamorous side of motor sport. Buy it! - Octane

A brilliant read, this is a book that you'll keep dipping into. - Club Lotus News

This is one of those books you can dip into anywhere ... in its plainly-told tales you feel a vibe and a zeitgeist that many weighty histories don't give and which, because of ever higher technologies and regulations, is probably gone for ever. - Classic Cars

Buy this immensely entertaining book and help out a very worthy cause in the process. - Vintage Racecar

A fascinating insight into a part of the world of motor racing that is usually hidden behind garage doors. - The Marshal

This is the most absorbing motorsport 'inside story' book to be published in a long time. - Speed Scene

This small format book packs so much into its 172 pages. It's a real winner.

--New Zealand Classic Car

A UNIQUE insight into the pitlanes of Formula One ... With unprecedented everyday access so close to famous drivers and fiery bosses, this recalls some brilliant tales - good and bad - from those who were at the sharp end. --Auto Express

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“Tales from the Toolbox” is a unique collection of behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes as told, in their own words, by former Grand Prix mechanics who have worked at the top level of the sport during the past 50 years.
On the front line of the sport, mixing with drivers and team bosses, they saw a side of it that nobody else got to see and rarely gets to hear about – and this book tells their story.
Chapters are themed around a particular aspect of a mechanic's life, ranging from what they consider the highs and lows of their career, to their opinions of drivers and team bosses, the all-nighters, letting off steam, the ‘Mechanic's Gallon,' nightmare journeys and customs capers. It also reveals a tale of camaraderie between teams and individual mechanics which is hard to imagine in today's highly competitive Formula One environment.
The stories are supplemented by photographs from the archives and photo albums of the mechanics themselves, many of which are previously unseen.

ISBN - 9781845845582

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5154 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RUC638
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I got this book for my other half, an F1 tyre technician at Goodyear and Team Surtees in the 70's.
He found it funny and factual. Lots of stories about characters in the sport then and some still there! Hebie Blash, Bob Dance, Bob Sparsholt and Ron Dennis to name just a few. It shows the real conditions then - travelling around covering the F1 World Championship - compared to what you see on the TV now.Well worth the price!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book is a step above the regular 'I was there' tales because it is:
a) themed - e.g. on working all nighters - rather than just stories from a series of races/rallies;
b) written about a number of characters, including biogs and interviews, not just the views of one particiant, and
c) carefully edited.

So a better read than books such MatchettThe Mechanic's Tale, Moylan Works Rally Mechanic: Tales of the BMC/BL Works Rally Department 1955-1979 or Chambers (Works Wonders: Competition Manager Recalls an Historic Era of Motorsport).

Brabham and Ralt and Honda: The Ron Tauranac Story and Cooper Cars: Bk. M2709 (World champions) would make a good books to follow this, if you want to look at more detail for particular team. For Lotus and Ferrari lovers there are many such tomes.

For a comparison on the rally scene, but only from one team try B.M.C./B.L. Competitions Department: 25 Years in Motorsport - The Cars, the People, the Events.

Denis Jenkinson's book Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport has some chapters that also cover the continental travelling apsects of this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and some interesting stories 24 Jan 2010
I found this of great interest and tells how things were when F1 was about racing rather than politics and told by the people who really should know > Anyone interested in F1 should take the time to read these stories
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nuts and bolts of motor racing 12 Mar 2011
An excellent book that illustrates what life was like before motor racing became sanitised and corporate.Its impossible to visualise a current chief mechanic having to rebuild the engine in the transporter while away from home and yet in the pre-internet era when mobile phones were something from science fiction,it used to happen.The entire range of events from the practical jokes to the need to deal with the aftermath of serious accidents is covered.A smallish selection of photographs includes a shot of all the mechanics of all the teams which is quite a shock when compared to the current small armies used by each team.A very absorbing book and hopefully it will provoke enough memories for a second volume before too long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the Toolbox 17 Oct 2010
Great book for anybody interested in Motor Racing, and F1 in particular. We hear all about the heroic drivers, but this book tells much about what happened behind the scenes in days gone by. A good bit of humour, pictures and cartoons.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warts of F1 19 Jan 2010
By Druid
An in depth but somewhat fragmented review of F1 before the days of big money.
Lots of anecdotes and a good review of simpler and more interesting times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The book's Spartan format will not be to everyone's taste. A paperback, it has densely-packed text, small photographs, and far too much marketing material from publisher Veloce: a page of titles at the front, two pages of book covers at the back, and no fewer than six of the 11 chapters end with reminders of Veloce's web site and its special offers and gift vouchers (moan over...). But do not let this stop you from enjoying the quality of Oliver's narrative, the fascinating stories he has assiduously collected, the 30 pen portraits of some of the mechanics he interviewed, and the photographs made available to him from their private collections. A further reason to buy the book is that 40% of all royalties go to the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust, whose founder, Jackie Stewart, provides the Foreword.

The book has clearly-themed chapters, and Oliver believes that it is best experienced by dipping into it rather than reading it in one sitting, because the tales are individual vignettes rather than one seamless story. They speak of a different era. Europe had no open borders or common currency, and the roads left much to be desired. Teams travelled to race meetings in converted coaches or home-made specials, and crossing the Alps played havoc with clutches and transmissions on the way up, and brakes on the way down.

It was a more gentlemanly time too, when competition was restricted to the track, and mechanics from rival teams would willingly help each other out in the paddock. One example from the 1968 Mexican Grand Prix speaks volumes.
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