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Brilliant driver-engineer's memoirs of the 60s and 70s,
This review is from: The Unfair Advantage (Driving) (Paperback)
Mark Donohue was probably one of the finest racing driver/engineers ever. He developed a number of cars to the peak of competitiveness and raced them with the greatest, in every almost every kind of racing. Although Europeans will associate him most with taming the brutal Can-Am Porsches, and with his tragic death in practice for the '75 Austrian GP, this book covers his whole career - right from SCCA amateur racing via his involvement with Penske in SCCA Pro, Trans Am, Can-Am, endurance racing, Indycars and much more.
In this long and engaging memoir he discusses the cars, the races and the people he was involved with in his highly successful career. There are a lot of insights into the way Penske went racing over 30 years ago, as well as into Porsche, Ferrari and Ford's programmes. Donohue the character comes through to some extent; although this is rather more a racing and technical memoir than a personal one it's clear that he was definitely an intelligent and honourable sportsman and a deep-thinker.
The book ends with Donohue's decision to come out of retirement and tackle F1 full-time, a decision that was to lead to his death a few months after publication.
This new edition reproduces the original (hence the very "Seventies" cover and typography!) and adds excellent colour illustrations, quotes from friends of Donohue's, and a detailed summary of his career.
It's a marvellous insight into how racing moved from black art to applied engineering, crisply and entertainingly written by one of the first exponents of rigorous testing and development programmes.