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5.0 out of 5 stars He's earned respect, never demanded it.
Viewing Grand Prix motor racing through the wonderfully perceptive eyes of Professor Watkins means that anyone interested in the sport should read this excellent account. Obviously respected, often revered by those with whom he works, he gives vivid and sometimes moving recollections spanning the many years of his involvement. Humour and pathos make regular appearances;...
Published on 7 Sep 2001 by Thomas Marshall

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I only gave it 3 stars because its a little dated. Its interesting to hear the recent history of the sport and its progress with safety and would recommend. If you want a brilliant sport biography, read Agassi, (the tennis player).
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4.0 out of 5 stars good insight into formula one from the 70s, 28 July 2013
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This review is from: Life At The Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One (Kindle Edition)
Really interesting insight into Formula one in the sixties to eighties. Well written, pacy and some good anecdotes. Not too interested in the appendices though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true, 23 July 2013
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An amazing insight into not just the man who has made Motor Racing safer today but also the drivers, especially Senna.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life at the limit by Sid Watkins, 13 May 2013
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A fascinating insights to how changes have been made for the safety of the drivers. Recommended read for anyone interested in formula 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Race fans will love this, 28 Nov 2012
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Having known the man I wanted to send this great story to more race friends -so they to can see what he did to change the safety of drivers forever
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all F1 Fans, 23 Sep 2012
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Excellent read for any true F1 fan. With the recent passing of Sid, this has become even more special. It gives great insights regarding the drivers, tracks, and obviously the improvement of medical facilities across the globe's Grand Prix tracks. Great legacy for Sid. MUST read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars first hand view, 31 July 2012
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i havent finished this book yet, but so far, an amazing read. all the insights into a world, many of us can only dream of, from somebody who has been there and seen it all. a must read if u can find a copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One, 26 Feb 2012
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A fascinating book and I am really pleased I purchased it. Would recommend to anyone interested in Formula One and the development of its safety procedures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Item as described, 27 Sep 2011
Item delivered promptly and the condition was as described. Would be happy to user this supplier again in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars F1, The Drivers, Amusing Stories & The Battle for Safety, 25 Aug 2011
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Sid Watkins 'The Prof' has done more for F1 driver safety than probably any other man alive. An eminent Neurological surgeon, Sid was the man in the medical car that all loved but none hoped to see in F1! This is an interesting story of the development of safety in F1 from the beginning, when there was none to speak of (apart from other drivers & kind spectators mostly!), to the aftermath of Imola and the multiple rush of changes (Not all of them good, or wise, and what Senna himself would have hated - such as the changes at Eau Rouge in Spa which were just sacrilege!) following the death of the late, great Ayrton Senna (to whom Sid was a great friend and paternal figure. The pages on his attendance of his friend at the fatal crash are incredibly sad and difficult but show a unique professionalism).

The story is never boring and the serious business of F1 safety, and the battles for it, is broken by funny, witty observations of great races, racers and what they get up to when they're off track. Senna, Villeneuve, Rosberg, Prost, de Angelis, Mansell, Berger, Stewart, etc., all ripple through the stories in funny anecdotes and nostalgia to lighten the darker moments.

If you're looking for gore and crash stories, don't read this. It details F1's darker moments with honest sensitivity and an objective observational professional distance as you would expect from such a great man and strong personality. As an F1 fan, I enjoyed this, and non-fans of motorsport might enjoy it for the human stories throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 10 May 2008
Prof Sid Watkins has seen a lot of tradgedy in motor racing but has still kept his scouse sense of humour. The first chapter deals with Imola 1994 when Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna tragically lost their lives, I am not sure if it is because it is what most people reading the book will be looking for or if it is to get it out of the way early because a lot of the rest of the book is more light hearted and has quite a few anecdotes, there are of course other tragedies but the Prof always has good stories about the men involved and his relationships with them, he also lets you know a little more about the drivers he has rescued and outlines all the safety problems they have had to deal with.
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