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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting throne for the uncrowned King, 5 Oct 2010
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The year of 1970 was tragic in the world of Formula 1, having 3 of its most popular drivers loose their lives. Bruce Mclaren during testing at Goodwood, Piers Courage during the Dutch GP at Zandvoort and one of its biggest stars, Jochen Rindt in Qualifying for the Italian GP at Monza. Seen as a successor to the crown relinquished by the untimely death of Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt is said to be one of, if not the fastest drivers of his era, comparable in speed to the other great speed kings of Peterson, Villeneuve and Senna, Tremayne sets out to show a man for who he was. Often seen as arrogant by those that didn't know him well enough, sometimes rude to those he didn't like, but also a warm and humane person to his family and closest friends & Colleagues.

Having reading this books predecessor, "The Lost Generation", David Tremayne goes about this book with such care and respect that its a fitting tribute to a man who sadly died 40 years ago who, to what I can tell, has had little literature written about him.

The format of the book is done chronologically, starting with Rindt's early life where his parents were killed during a bombing raid by the RAF in WW2 to being raised by his grandparents and his early adventures into racing through to F1. The chapters for his F1 & F2 career are separate to each other and cover that year's season. Further chapters cover other parts of his racing career, such as a complete one on his 1965 win at Le Man (and I'll add this is my favourite chapter in the book) and another on his years competing at the Indy 500. Other individual chapters of course include the Grand Prix in which Jochen Rindt would loose his life at Monza (also covering the aftermath) and a very well handled postscript. Throughout the book, there are numerous anecdotes and contributions by many famous names like Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx, Bernie Ecclestone and Helmut Marko. Along side these are some excellent pictures that go with the text, some in Black & White, some in colour and of various sizes.

If your of an age where you remember Jochen Rindt & his era or a young person (such as myself) with an interest of a time in the sport where drivers lives would end all to often, then you will enjoy this book. A Fantastic and insightful read into the fasinating & tragic life of Jochen Rindt, Formula 1's uncrowned King.
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2011 11:31:27 BDT
An excellent review. I've added my ten-pence worth too; not quite as concise, economical and eloquent as yours thou'!
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