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James Hunt: The Biography
James Hunt: The Biography
by Gerald Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Donaldson, 19 Nov 2013
If you're a James Hunt fan this book is essential. Don't be fooled by the larger but far inferior Tom Runython biography. Donaldson knows his stuff and can tell a story. You will not be disappointed. In fact, while you're at it, order his Gilles Villeneuve bio as well.


Niki Lauda and the Grand Prix Gladiators
Niki Lauda and the Grand Prix Gladiators
by Ronnie Mutch
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars How can a book be so bad?, 7 Nov 2013
This is worth buying just to experience how bad it is. Probably the worst racing book I've ever read, and I'm including Tom Rubython's abominations in that. How the author had such good access and yet produced such a piece of nonsense is beyond me.


The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One's Most Dangerous Era
The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One's Most Dangerous Era
by Michael Cannell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort, 7 Nov 2013
First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and got through it in a couple of days. Cannell is a very good writer and the text flows nicely.

My only negative comment about it is that - most of the time I was reading - I got the feeling that the author wasn't a great authority on the subject. He's clearly done a lot of research but never really seems at ease discussing technical aspects of the sport. He does, however, tell the human story very well.

It is a good effort and worth buying, but I think a definitive book has still to be written on this period.


The British at Indianapolis
The British at Indianapolis
by Ian Wagstaff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stuff, 6 Nov 2013
This is a very interesting book which not only documents British drivers at Indianapolis, but also the mechanics, designers etc...

It's a treasure trove of information and has plenty of pictures. I was also delighted to find a chapter dedicated to the late, great Jim Crawford.


Chequered Year: Story of a Grand Prix Racing Season
Chequered Year: Story of a Grand Prix Racing Season
by Ted Simon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic account of the Grand Prix circus, 6 Nov 2013
Simon was privileged to follow the 1970 World Championship trail and documents the season in this book. It is a superb piece of work and he made the most of having incredible access to the drivers and team members. There are extensive interviews with, among others, Chris Amon, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti and Jochen Rindt.

Far from being a dry, factual account of the season Simon has a very engaging And descriptive writing style which is a joy to

This may well be the best account of a season I have ever read and beautifully captures a bygone era. Buy it!


The Clown Prince of Racing: The Life And Times Of The World's Greatest Race Driver....Eddie Sachs
The Clown Prince of Racing: The Life And Times Of The World's Greatest Race Driver....Eddie Sachs
by Denny Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but needed a closer proof read, 19 Jan 2013
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I knew very little about Eddie Sachs before reading this, mainly his Indy pole positions and the infamous 1964 crash. First off, this is a huge book at around 600 pages with plenty of black and white photos although they do suffer a bit from being reproduced on normal paper rather than gloss photo paper.

The author takes you through Eddie's career from the fairground dirt ovals to his love affair with the Indianapolis 500. The book is mainly composed of other people's words (including Eddie himself) with the author linking the whole thing together. It includes interviews with a huge selection of people who knew Eddie and I struggled to put it down once I'd started. The narrative moves along at a breakneck pace, much like Eddie himself.

I would say the book represents a very unbiased account of Eddie. He was clearly well loved, but not by all due to his propensity to speak his mind, talk about other drivers and generally fool around constantly. The impression I was left with was of a maverick, totally unlike any of his contemporaries. There is a sadness which permeates throughout, due to the sheer number of Eddie's contemporaries who lost their lives during his career. Literally every few pages there is an account of another fatality or serious accident. I began to think the author was being overly morbid, but in fact it was just the reality if that type of racing at that time. The 1964 crash is dealt with in some detail, with plenty of eyewitness accounts and opinions.

Overall, an excellent read which is only slightly spoiled by regular grammatical errors (also, Ricardo Rodriguez died in an F1 car, not testing a sports car). I would thoroughly recommend it. I finished it with a new admiration for Mr Sachs and his contemporaries.


No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone
No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone
by Tom Bower
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Opportunity, Wrong Author, 12 July 2012
I was really looking forward to finally reading this book as a passionate racing fan who, like so many others, has wondered for years about how Bernie has such overwhelmeing control over Formula 1.

Unfortunately motor racing is clearly way outside the author's comfort zone and his seemingly endless inaccurate statements make it very hard to take anything else he writes seriously. Mr Bower has no comprehension of the technical side of F1 racing and his explanations of various technical innovations are at best comical. Even worse in my mind, the author has failed to carry out some very basic research about several drivers. His description of Jochen Rindt's fatal accident is ridiculous. Similarly, the part about Elio de Angelis's death at Paul Ricard. He did not die instantly. These are not difficult things to find out. A few seconds on Google are all that is required.

So, a great opportunity which turned instead into a great waste of paper. A shame.


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