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The Lost Generation: The Tragically Short Lives of 1970s British F1 Drivers Roger Williamson, Tony Brise and Tom Pryce Hardcover – 24 Aug 2006

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (24 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844252051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844252053
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.9 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Octane (UK), November 2006 You don t need an interest in motor racing to be gripped by this intensely moving and very personal work. "

About the Author

David Tremayne, motor racing correspondent for The Independent, has written a number of well-received titles for Haynes including The Science of Formula 1 Design and Rubens Barrichello: In the wheeltracks of Senna. He lives in London.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Reddish on 27 Feb. 2007
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Over the last year or so, I was aware that this book was being written by David Tremayne, with at least one delay to its publication date, clearly to ensure that it was as good as it could be. This book is well worth the wait.

Following three young British talents, from different family backgrounds, who took distinctly different routes to Formula 1. It covers not only their careers, but also paints a picture of British motor racing, and Formula 1, and the lifestyles of the people involved, in the late 1960's and 70's. The research which must have gone into this book can only be imagined, with references to press coverage of the time, the author's own account of many events, and the accounts and memories of people associated with Roger Williamson, Tony Brise and Tom Pryce. Also of note are the many, many press and family photographs on almost every page.

The tragic circumstances of their deaths are covered in detail, but in such a way that you also appreciate the relevant facts in the circumstances, and the levels of danger inherent in motor racing in those times, the lessons learnt and the evolution of the sport since.

This book, for me, is a fitting tribute to 3 talents which were never fully realised.

If you only read one book this year, then I would recommend this one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Wilyman VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2006
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I only got into motor racing as a fan in the early 90s, so have no first hand memories of these three drivers. But this book brings them to life in a way that few other books, and very few authors can. I was engrossed by it, and extremely moved by the vivid descriptions of their horrible deaths, and the emotional reminiscences of those who loved them.

The book is far more than purely a record of their racing careers, it really does show how good they were, how good they could have been, what they were like as people, what motivated them, and details their lives off-track as well as on.

It's extremely well written, by an author who clearly loves his subject, and has the talent to do them justice. It's very easy to see why the author named his son after Tom Pryce, you couldn't ask for a better role model.

I'm an avid reader, on a variety of subjects, and this book is one of the best I have ever read. And certainly the most moving. It's wonderful that these three little-known heroes have been immortalised in this way. But what a tragic, tragic waste that this book should ever have had to be written. All 3 of these guys should have had the opportunity to be household names like James Hunt and Nigel Mansell.

A fantastic book, and one I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, whether they are fans of the sport or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. M on 30 May 2009
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The 1970's were a dangerous time to race (as the decades before) and many lives were lost. In this book, Tremayne recounts the lives of 3 such lives, who could have been more then just great drivers but listed up amongst the greats. Each of the drivers, Williamson, Brise & Pryce are chronicled from their early outings in racing through to their Formula 1 outings.

The contributions to this book by friends, family and colleagues make this just a joy to read and giving a good insight into what each of them was like both in & off the racetrack. The pictures are big, vibrant and beautiful to look at and add so much to the book.

What Tremayne has made is a fine book that will grip you from cover to cover and show that the 1970's gave Britain more fine drivers then we might remember. Finishing this book made me think what might have happened if fate had played an entirely different card to Williamson, Brise or Pryce. I think we'd have had more then just James Hunt representing the UK at the very top in that era.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Eagle on 10 Aug. 2011
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As an F1 fan who's favourite driver hails from Canada, and recent British interest in Lewis Hamilton, seeing this book on Amazon intrigued me. The fact that British motorsport lost 3 potential F1 champions in the 1970's was something I wanted to read about, particularly as the author reckoned they were better than James Hunt who won his F1 title in 1976.
The stories of each man are obviously tragic, not least the manner in which each lost their lives in accidents that shouldnt have happened. Williamson perishing in a car fire as there wasnt adequate facilities at the Zandvoort circuit. Brise in a plane crash due to heavy fog when perhaps the pilot should have diverted to Luton airport. And then Pryce who was killed by a well meaning track marshall crossing the Kyalami circuit with a fire extinguisher. Each driver gets their life story told, but because it is a regular sized book the stories arent as detailed had they been biographies in separate tomes. At times this made following their respective stories a little hard as although at the beginning of the book each driver was dealt in separate chapters, as their careers converged the author would be writing about all 3 drivers in the same chapter and would only use their first names in a sentence, which could be confused with other people written about!
Of the 3 drivers, Pryce was the one I wanted to learn more about as up until now he is the only Welsh F1 driver to have won an F1 race (although it was a Race of Champions event), and his style of driving was described as being similar to the powersliding Ronnie Peterson, so a real crowd pleaser.
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