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The Great Encyclopedia of Formula 1 [Hardcover]

Pierre Menard
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Book Description

24 Dec 2003
Drawing on 14 years of work from the author, this book gives a complete overview of motorsports history and is also illustrated with more than 400 of the author's own drawings representing all the cars from all the significant teams from Formula One since 1950. This allows the reader to see at a glance the evolution of all the Williams cars, for example, since the creation of the team. This eight-kilo, two-volume box-set also features more than 1200 photographs, some of them exclusives from the collection of Bernard Cahier, the famous 50s photographer. In its last section, the book gives comprehensive results of all the Grand Prixs in the history of Formula One, from 1950 until 2003. It features all the lap charts of the races - despite the fact that the FIA (the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) itself thought that these lap charts did not exist before 1958. The second edition is entirely updated after the end of the 2003 season and in France, where the book is in its fourth edition, it won the Grand Prix de Livre from the Automobile Festival of Chamonix.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Chronosports; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2847070516
  • ISBN-13: 978-2847070514
  • Product Dimensions: 35.6 x 26.6 x 8.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,651,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for diehard formula one fans! 9 Feb 2004
This book feature a REALLY exhaustive information on F1. The team-by-team recap is excellent, as Stuart Sykes have done a fantastic job in translating Menard's word into illustrating details.
The statistics section is quite thorough, with the grid positions from every race(Although it does exclude those non-qualifiers.), and lap charts.
The reason for me not giving this book a five star was that some of the bits in this book was not translated. In the race result section, some of the technical terms are still in French! There are also some mistakes, for example, the lap charts being shown for the wrong race. They also mix up Mark Blundell and Martin Brundle by creating a new driver named Martin Brundell!
However, those tiny mistakes should not discourage you from buying this book. Excellent research and effort from the author makes this book an ultimate collection for f1 afficionados, as you hardly need another f1 encyclopedia. The price is also reasonable. (a 15 pound decrease from the first edition in 2000)
If you're the diehard f1 fans like me and are looking for something to prove it, this book easily does the job for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The best F1 encyclopedia' 15 Feb 2005
The stunning detail of this book blows away all the others. There is a little French bias only in the sense that AGS and Larrousse get big team reviews when teams like Zakspeed who were in F1 as long only get a brief mention. That is the smallest of complaints as I found the write ups of the french teams to be very honest. In fact they conclude by saying AGS should not have come into F1! Despite having to be translated it is very readable and is much more than a record book. The circuit section is unrivalled and with there being so many changes over the years it needs to be thorough. In fact every last little change is shown in handy diagrams. I am one of the most anorak style of F1 fans and I think it is amazing. Menard the author also has an excellent website that contains super drawings of all the cars including the teams deemed too small to get their own chapters in the book. As I say this is easily the best book in my collection.
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