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'Essential' reading if you have an interest in motor sport
on 27 February 2007
Over the last year or so, I was aware that this book was being written by David Tremayne, with at least one delay to its publication date, clearly to ensure that it was as good as it could be. This book is well worth the wait.
Following three young British talents, from different family backgrounds, who took distinctly different routes to Formula 1. It covers not only their careers, but also paints a picture of British motor racing, and Formula 1, and the lifestyles of the people involved, in the late 1960's and 70's. The research which must have gone into this book can only be imagined, with references to press coverage of the time, the author's own account of many events, and the accounts and memories of people associated with Roger Williamson, Tony Brise and Tom Pryce. Also of note are the many, many press and family photographs on almost every page.
The tragic circumstances of their deaths are covered in detail, but in such a way that you also appreciate the relevant facts in the circumstances, and the levels of danger inherent in motor racing in those times, the lessons learnt and the evolution of the sport since.
This book, for me, is a fitting tribute to 3 talents which were never fully realised.
If you only read one book this year, then I would recommend this one.