on 11 November 1999
A fascinating book about a fabulous car - a feat of british ingenuity. This book, with its limited edition quality (I believe McLaren are preparing a 400 page limited edition!) goes behind the scenes and tells us in detail about the ups and downs, trials and tribualtions of making a supercar. That they achieved this was no mean feat considering it was the very first road car they produced. With beautiful original sketches and reproductions of the acutal correspondence between the designers, component manufacturers and engine makers this is unlike any official story I have ever read about the making of a car. McLaren opened not just its archives but its heart and soul to tell the world of just how far they had to go to make this wonderful car. Yes, I am obviously an admirer of the F1 but surely anyone who loves beautiful design can appreciate the form of the F1. The photography is stunning and the book design original. Highly recommended much more than a book for coffee tables or petrol heads. McLaren set the standard with the F1 far above anything yet achieved and this surely sets a new standard for motoring books. I can just see the brief Doug Nye must have been given - the F1 was unique and so must the book about the car... It will be some time before we see the records set by the F1 beaten and even longer before another manufacturer produces such a great and candid book.
on 5 January 2001
If you are interested in the F1 or in exotic cars in general, GET THIS BOOK. Of the many books on cars that I have read, this one is the best in terms of quality and content. Awesome pictures that you will absolutely never see elsewhere. Every time I look at this book, I shake my head in disbelief at what a mind-boggling car the F1 is!
on 4 February 2000
The passion of McLaren, Ron Dennis and Gordon Murray combined with the superb technical writing of Doug Nye has resulted in a book which will serve as a poor mans momneto to the unparallelled acheivement that is/was the McLaren F1. Elegantly produced and craftily written, the story is utterly complete, starting at the beginning and continuing on until it reaches the end. If you are in half a mind as to whether or not you should buy this book, then do it because I can heartily reccommend it. As Doug Nye himself wrote many years ago about the TAG-McLarens, it is pure, unmistakable, incontrovertible class.