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The Chariot Makers, 29 April 2004
For a sport with the following that Formula 1 has it is amazing that thereare not more books on the subject of how, why and what makes a Formula 1car work. The few there are tend to be very technical and not for thelayman. There must be thousands of fans and enthusiasts who would love toknow more? But where to start and who to ask?, that,s the question...theanswer, a mechanic of course! Enter Steve Matchett and his latest book"The Chariot Makers". This is an excellent book, and as an ex-Benettonmechanic turned TV broadcaster, (who has worked with some of the biggestnames in the sport)he should know what he,s talking about, and he does. Heshares with us his vast knowledge and wealth of information in astraight-forward, easy to understand (plain english), witty and conciseway. He covers all aspects of the car from monocoque, suspension, fueltank, steering rack, ballast/centre of gravity, engine, gearbox, exhaust,differential, aerodynamics, oversteer/understeer and so much more. Aidedby some superb photo,s. He explains each techincal term as it comes up,which is a major plus. This is a fantastic book, a brilliant startingpoint for those who want to get started and whet their appatites. Thosewith a basic knowledge but want to delve deeper, then this is a large poolto delve. For the rest it is an enthralling and enligthening read. If youare into Formula 1 technology? then this book is for you. Do yourself afavour and check it out now.