on 19 September 2014
Surely the most obsessively comprehensive book ever written about this era of motorsport. I was hooked after just the introduction, and the concept of looking back on such a different era through modern eyes and sensibilities is an interesting one. The race reports are pretty detailed but in particular give much different narrative about fatal accidents than would a contemporary report. A surprising highlight is a refreshingly candid piece by the head of the Matra team, looking back at everything they did wrong.
I have three minor gripes:
They have some very good pictures, but I was left wanting more!
It was odd that the race report for the British GP omitted to mention that the car in which Rindt won was probably illegal (this detail is buried in the technical analysis).
Drivers' biographies didn't look ahead to their future careers beyond 1971, and often not even that far, which would've been useful information for novice readers who mightn't know, for example, that early in 1971 J.P. Beltoise did something very silly that killed Ignazio Giunti.
These minor gripes aside the book was gripping in its narrative and a joy to read in its tactile beauty.
on 30 March 2015
This is a superb book, end to end brilliant and well written. Ok it was a dangerous time we know it was, but boy does this era blow away modern day F1 on so many counts. Do not pay too much attention to some of the reviews on here where knocks are concerned, especially saying how it compares poorly to other books written about the period as not all of us had the pleasure of being around then. The anecdotes such as the suggestion (and bordering on proof) that Rodriguez' - Spa 1970 win with BRM had an illegal engine, was just the sort of thing I love to read about and a real eye-opener. Bring on the next book please Mr Hughes.
on 17 February 2016
I have a new found respect for Mark. A well written book which goes that little bit further with a healthy incisive style which was normally the preserve of Nigel Roebuck.
An amazing season of F1, headlined by the tragic death of Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi's debut, March's first GP win, the list goes on.
Pleased I have bought it to complement my Autocourse library!
on 7 February 2014
Great work, really enjoyed it - as always with mark Hughes writings.
Superb text, many previously-unseen pictures, only found one possible error in text so far!
Can't wait for 1971 version.
Buy it - if you have any interest in 1970s F1, you certainly won't regret it.
on 24 March 2014
An excellently researched and wonderfully written book,I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of formula one. The fact that it covers not only all the drivers from this particular season but also profiles every team which car or cars used and even engines and tyres. The photography is stunning and acts as a reminder of the prodigious changes in the sport over time. It is also a very clever idea to get views from some of the people involved then and how they view this season in retrospect.