on 21 August 2012
Steve Small's a good egg. For the price of a gallon and a half of posh lager - I'm approximating here, but you get the drift - he has produced what is, without question, the most comprehensive tome ever compiled on grand prix drivers. Indeed, if I was exiled to a desert island, and told I could take along only one book on the subject of motor racing, this would have to be that volume.
The GP Who's Who does precisely what it says on the tin, featuring every man (and a gal or two) to have started a race since the championship began in 1950, all the way through to the last straggler spluttering back to the pits at the end of season 2011. But beyond that, way beyond the scope of anything that's ever been published before, there is layer upon layer of compelling detail which makes the book indispensable.
Each driver, from the greats like Fangio, Clark and Senna to fellers I'd never heard of, such as the splendidly named Alfonso de Portago, Fred Wacker Jnr and Ottorino Volonterio, gets a pithy, painstaking profile, a picture (in almost every case) and a statistical breakdown relating his fortune in every grand prix in which he left the grid.
While clearly a labour of love, the GPWW is also highly professional, with brilliant production values throughout its 800-plus crammed pages. Thus it's equally ideal for a satisfyingly heavy-duty read or for eternal dipping-in sessions, which are pretty well guaranteed to throw up delightful nuggets of obscure informatio - for instance, that the aforementioned Wacker was a jazz-playing socialite when he wasn't behind the wheel of his nifty Gordini back in the mid-1950s.
You know you can do without the beer (for a while) but, trust me, if you love the grand prix game, you can't afford to be without this book. Cheers, Steve!
on 24 September 2012
It is pricey and bulky but inside the slipcase lies more detail on all GP drivers since 1950, than could be found elsewhere. Extensively updated and with several new drivers added it is a big improvement on previous editions. Some of the pictures are superb, shown off by the high quality paper.
on 14 August 2012
Having owned the 2nd and 3rd editions of Grand Prix Who's Who it was difficult to imagine how they could be improved, I needn't have worried, Steve Small has improved the book in every way, added more content and detail plus the new drivers to have competed since 1999. This is a must have for any F1 enthusiast, the level of detail is superb, especially his slant on each driver and what each is doing today, the addition of colour photos and several never seen before shots is awesome. I now can't wait for the 5th edition, hope it's not another 12 years!
on 18 July 2014
A fantastic book, detailed, colourful and informative. Masses of information, statistics that are accurate. Lovely pictures in it, and the book is solid and good durability. Can read for ages and the text allows you plenty of opportunity to imagine and think. Glad I bought it.