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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,918 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."

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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.

Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. N. Nixon on 3 Dec 2006
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I got interested in this subject after seeing the statue to Roger Williamson. I agree with most of what's written above but I've got less of a problem with the closeness of the writer. This is a book about three highly talented drivers who - between them - could have produced victories and possibly more. None got remotely close to fulfilling his potential, all died tragically young in preventable and pathetic accidents. Each death was totally needless. If that's not a cause for getting emotional, I'm not sure what is. In another reality at least one of these men, comfortable in middle age, would be trotted out to comment on whether Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button was as good as them. As it is they're hardly known. It's a great idea to put the three careers in one book, making clear just what this country lost in the mid-seventies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DriverJohn on 3 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
I was a regular attendee at British race tracks when these guys came through the ranks, seeing them drive whilst I was either spectating or marshalling. The incidents that cost them their lives hit me hard at the time, as did that of Graham Hill (I saw what was probably their aircraft a few minutes before it crashed). Because of the emotional connection I didn't read the book when it first came out, but bit the bullet and bought a paperback copy to read on a recent flight across the pond.

Yes it was a hard book for me to read, bringing back sad memories, but I'm glad that I have read it because it also celebrates what these three (plus contemorary David Purley) acheived in their short careers. It is pointless to speculate how well they might have done had they lived, but we can appreciate their talents while we had them.

Like many I was priviledged to watch them in action, and at a time when overtaking was a frequent occurrence, unlike today,and wheel to wheel battles were equally common. These were guys who could drive, and who could make a difference behind the wheel.

So a fitting tribute I think and only, for me, marred by some unecessary comments about Graham Hill. I would recommend the author to Jan Bartelski's Disaster in the Air which gives a far more balanced view of the accident and of Hill's flying.
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