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Formula 1 in Camera: 1970-79
Formula 1 in Camera: 1970-79
by Paul Parker
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more stars in Rating System, 17 Dec 2003
I eagerly awaited arrival of this tome as this period is one of the most fascinating in F1. Tubes with engines stuck on the back disappeared as aerodynamics were discovered, if not completely understood until the end of the decade. Everyone had their own approach and the cars looked different - so unlike today.
This book includes some of the most brilliant and insightful photographs of the Grand Prix world that I have ever seen. A large number of such books are 99% cars during a race and while this book has its fair share of these shots, it also contains more interesting ones of the people that make the F1 world happen. These are interesting because they show more of the personality of the competitors than simply a driver in a helmet.
It is also of particular interest to see the share of time given to "lesser" teams of the times - if any can be called that. Certainly my fear was that the book would focus each year on the main participants but this was not the case. The inclusion of such minnows was gratifying and rounded out each year.
There are some years when entire teams seem to be missing. As a Williams fan of nearly 30 years I had hoped for more photographs of the team in the period between 1971 and 1977 but, as explained in the introduction, not all races were attended and there are other teams as well. Still looking for decent photos of the Politoys FX-3 and other early Williams cars, but this book has at least provided me with several excellent representations of some of the cars.
Against this very personal (and biased) aspect is the fact that the book contains excellent shots of new drivers each year. As an example, very few books of this stature would include shots of Alan Jones in the Harry Stiller Hesketh or Embassy Hill from 75 and 76. Where else would one find a shot of Larry Perkins? (Don't ask who?)If they did the shots would be minor. Not so in this collection. The attempt for completeness in this book is outstanding. If not 100% successful, then surely the best effort short of an annual.
The captioning of each photograph is simply outstanding, providing not only a concise description but also providing additional details covering the future. One is not left wondering 'whatever happened to.....'.
Overall, this is the best book of the period I have ever seen. Brilliant photography, excellent words and superb detail. A must have for everyone's motor racing bookshelf. My problem will be actually putting it away, this book draws me back time and time again for both interest and reference.

Twenty-Five Years of WilliamsF1: The Authorised Photographic Biography
Twenty-Five Years of WilliamsF1: The Authorised Photographic Biography
by Alan Henry
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the missing bits, 9 Dec 2003
Discovering F1 in 1977, I adopted (against the advice of my piers) the Williams team for a couple of reasons - 1. There is something special about a bloke who can get the Saudis to go co-sponsor with a brewery, and 2. The skinny bloke (FW) looked like a worrier which usually means a tenacious bugger who won't give up. I was right on both scores.
1977 was the year in which Williams Grand Prix Engineering emerged from the darkness of Wolf-Williams aka Frank Williams Racing. Within a few years, the team (my team) had won not only races but championships and is now the most successful British F1 team around.
This does make me wonder why such little attention is given to the early years 1977-82. Surely these were the real glory years for this team of battlers, yet there are few pictures of Neve, Jones, Reggazoni in those early years. Perhaps my criticism is due to the fact that these were the people I discovered F1 with, (and let me tell you, back then Australia didn't even show highlights packages on TV - let alone a live or delayed telecast of a race.) Back then I survived on Road & Track Rob Walker articles, six months after the event, and later on a slim but very expensive Grand Prix magazine - usually ten weeks after the event. The point is, I know there are many better pictures from this era but they do not appear in this biography. For those who have been supporting WGPE as long as it has existed, this period of emergence is of extremely high importance and appears to have been dismissed lightly.
Later years with Mansell and Hill etc are covered very well and I suppose the book would tend to favour the British drivers although the profile on Alan Jones is very good. Overall, a nice enough coffee table tome but a little disappointing that those early years are given such short shrift.

Piers Courage: Last of the Gentleman Racers
Piers Courage: Last of the Gentleman Racers
by Adam Cooper
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Pageturner, 9 Dec 2003
I did not expect this book to be as fascinating as it was. The book is filled with amazing detail that makes it quite compelling and a better pageturner than any thriller novel. It is interesting to note the many names that pop up as having passed through the life of this interesting man. It is also fascinating to find out that, despite his family connections, Courage actually had to scrimp and save to go racing. Also provides an insight into the character of Frank Williams and the lengths both of these men went through to go racing. Appreciate the fact that the story does not end, as it so easily could have, with the death of Piers Courage in 1970. The loose ends are neatly tied up in the final chapter. Fascinating, poignant as well as having certain inspirational aspects. Any Formula 1 fan who does not read this book should question their interest in the sport.

Motor Racing '70s Style: 1970 And 1971 [VHS]
Motor Racing '70s Style: 1970 And 1971 [VHS]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old & Rare, 9 Dec 2003
Despite some non-F1/open wheeler segments and some slight trouble with sound and film quality which was acknowledged on the box, this video does provide some interesting and unseen (at least by me) footage of 1970 and 1971 seasons. Jumps about a bit and is too short but the good bits are really good.

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