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World Motor Racing Circuits: A Spectator's Guide [Hardcover]

Peter Higham , Bruce Jones
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20 Sep 1999
More than just a topographical description of the 70 or so motor racing tracks around the world, this illustrated guide provides much information on the greatest races, drivers and personalities of world motor sport'

Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (20 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233996192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233996196
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 30.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,511,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and handsome atlas of motor racing 12 Jun 2000
There have been attempts to produce guides to circuits before -- I remember at least one atlas of motor racing circuits in the mid-80s, and Tony Sakkis' "Guide to Motor Racing Circuits of the World" is an excellent pocketbook, but this really does try to show as much detail as possible on the current F1, CART, BTCC circuits, many of the IRL and NASCAR tracks, and various other international circuits all over the world. 70-odd current circuits are illustrated, along with a few historic ones, complete with information on typical lap times, relief maps, action photographs, aerial photography and so on. A very useful resource and a nicely-presented book -- the very clean layout does mean there's rather a lot of whitespace that a fact geek like myself could think of other uses for, but as a combination coffee-table book and working reference to circuits it is unique and valuable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Book 22 Feb 2011
By Greyman
I bought this book as I was interested in the topographical layout of F1 Racing Circuits for a hobby project I'm working on.

This book has the topographical information across the bottom of the two page spreads for each circuit, which was just what I wanted. But more than that it also contains some very interesting ans informative information about all the circuits up to 1999 when the book was published. It also includes a number of driver profiles for some of the greats, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Higel Mansell, James Hunt and others, which was an added bonus.

I was surprised at how many circuits, especially in the US are totally flat, which highlights some of the really great circuits in Europe. Circuits that were originally roads that test the cars and drivers so much more.

My only wish is that this book was updated or a new one written covering the latest circuits. We've seen so many changes in recent years with new circuits and circuits changed for safety reasons, a new version is well overdue.

I would certainly recommend this book to any F1 fan
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3.0 out of 5 stars A handsome volume, but... 16 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Far too many mistakes in this book.
Most obvious examples are: pictures printed reversed left-to-right, which is confusing when comparing with the maps; some of the gradient diagrams are at best dubious, at worst wholly wrong.
How can we trust the rest of the data here?
An attractive, physically well-produced book. Enjoyable to browse through, but generally containing too many slip-ups to be regarded as a serious reference work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is One Book to Keep on the Coffee Table! 28 Nov 2001
By Kevin Nieman - Published on Amazon.com
This one is a "no-brainer," for me. If you love auto racing, this book is a MUST HAVE! It doesn't matter what kind of racing circuit you enjoy: NASCAR, Formula One, IRL, CART, it doesn't matter. This book shows the tracks, detailed descriptions of each turn, including highlights of famous races on each course. For circuits that have changed over the years, it even shows the evolution of the changes. With stunning color photos of famous drivers, famous racing moments, and several track perspectives, and even the famous 14 mile Nurburgring circuit from days gone by. This is a book all racing fans should have sitting close by to refer to at a moment's notice.
NOTE: (added 5/19/02) The book only goes up to the 1999 season, so it will not reflect the changes made to Hockenheim, Germany's circuit in the 2002 season. This is a MUST HAVE book if you have an interest in remembering the older, longer Hockenheimring that is now a thing of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World Motor Racing Circuits 26 Aug 2000
By Alan Featherstone - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent Book. As well as giving in depth, but easy to read descriptions of each Grand Prix circuit, many tracks from around the world are included such as Indianapolis, Surfers Paradise and many more. All circuits have the track layout with the speed, G-force and the gear selected on each corner and straight. On some of the tracks there are driver profiles and a description of a great race on the circuit. There are rally good pictures too. A lot of great information and pictures are packed into this book. Great for a novice but it also offers something for the expert.
3.0 out of 5 stars update, please! 13 Sep 2011
By BosGav - Published on Amazon.com
So many tracks have changed or been built, I wish they would create a new version of this book. Get all the newest and best in there in a new edition, please!
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem! 2 April 2005
By Chris Sellick - Published on Amazon.com
This has to be a one of a kind book! This book to takes you to various race circuits around the world.Although there are several obvious omissions the book is still superb.Colour photos,factual information,diagrams,etc ,make this book a great value and a bargain.

Most motor racing fans will enjoy this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars So where's the Glen? 29 Aug 2003
By G. M. Kauger - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous book. I wanted to say that so my only nit-pik can be taken in proper context. How, I repeat HOW, can the Watkins Glen circuit in upstate New York have possibly been left out of this book? It's probably because I attended the Grand Prix several times in the late 60's, that I am flabbergasted by this omission. Other than that glaring omission, I loved the book.
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