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F1 Retro: 1970
F1 Retro: 1970
by Mark Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £49.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!, 7 Jan. 2014
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This is a stunning piece of work. You will initially be blinded by the amazing images and beautiful standards of production - this is quite possibly the best-looking F1 book of all time, the pictures seeming to jump out of the page and putting you right there in a time when racing was spectacular and spectacularly dangerous, the lives lived very large. But that's only the teaser. The beautifully crafted text is extraordinary, particularly in the 35-page scene-setting section where poetic pathos is intermingled with real hard-hitting insight and the recollections of the survivors. There follows a race by race account of the year, but delivered with the sort of deep analysis and hindsight overview that contemporary reportage lacked, and again interspersed with the input of surviving participants. A technical section features what must be a world first: a 21st century CFD computerised simulation of the aerodynamics of a 1970 car, the Lotus 72. A modern day aero man dissects what the images reveal to come up with answers that were unknown at the time even to those who created the car. Each car gets its own technical shakedown, with input from the designers to build a picture of why and not merely what. The very different personalities and circumstances of the teams that created the cars shines through. The final section is devoted to the drivers, every single one that took part and there are fascinating interviews in there from the likes of Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi. This is so much more than just a nostalgia trip. Though it's that as well, it's also a definitive account of all that happened in that particular year of F1 and why. As the blurb says, it puts you right there but with today's eyes. Quite extraordinary.

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