F1 Retro: 1970 Hardcover – Picture Book, 1 Dec 2013
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F1 Retro 1970 by Mark Hughes puts the microscope on the tumultuous 1970 F1 season from the perspective of 43 years later. New testimony from Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi and many of the other surviving drivers takes you back to the glamour but also the gritty reality behind the façade. Designers/engineers including Ron Tauranac, Tony Southgate, Mauro Forghieri, Bernard Boyer, Robin Herd, Gordon Coppuck, Gian Paulo Dallara explain their designs, rich in anecdote. An evocative text brings out the shade and light of the times and of the personalities of those involved, a technical section uses the benefit of hindsight and modern simulation tools to analyse each design, including fascinating CFD analysis of the title-winning Lotus 72. A multi-dimensional look at a beautiful but lethal time in F1, all illustrated with fantastically evocative photography from the LAT archive, stunning design and beautiful production. F1 Retro takes you right back there but with today's eyes. The first of a spectacular series.
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I have just about researched and read all that I possibly can over the years on this most fascinating yet tragic season however, we have presented here before us a plethora of new material in the form of both the printed word and photographic content all revealed and beautifully presented from within it's 250-odd pages.
It exhibits authority, depth, focus and insight from it's author, if very occasionally becoming just a tad flowery and overly dramatic with it's pros; during it's earlier pages if I recall correctly? At times it justifiably refers back to 'Faster!' (Stewart & Manso) and Ted Simon's book 'The Chequered Year', the latter a somewhat underrated and overlooked work perhaps due in small part to it's rather weak and innocuous cover design combining with a somewhat ambiguous title? To the contrary the quality of the dust jacket of 'F1 Retro 1970' is absolute top-notch, its design being quite simply stunning.Read more ›
There you are, Mark Hughes - go for it. I'll be first in the queue.
This book - 10 stars at least.
The chapter on aerodynamics treats us to a modern detailed Computational Fluid Dynamics assessment of the Lotus 72 for example and is a fascinating eyeopener, the Lotus 72's aero' being compared to that of the other main contenders. Additional chapters on Tyres and Engines are a bonus. The actual hardback book is very well produced and has a robust binding and quality dust-jacket. The photographs in my copy were perfectly normal as expected and I thought very good indeed. The Chapter contents had one error in that the chapter titled 'The Drivers A-Z' starts on page 238, not 228.Read more ›
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Nice pieces on the technology and drivers but the race reports are a bit dull. If you can get hold of it, buy the Ted Simon book of the same season. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have a new found respect for Mark. A well written book which goes that little bit further with a healthy incisive style which was normally the preserve of Nigel Roebuck. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Michael Broadbent
This is a superb book, end to end brilliant and well written. Ok it was a dangerous time we know it was, but boy does this era blow away modern day F1 on so many counts. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JPCar27
Can't wait for F1 Retro: 1971 to come out. Essential book for any fan of F1 of the era.Published 16 months ago by Tombstone
I was impressed, good photo and printing quality. Filled a nice niche in my collection.Published 17 months ago by Michael J. Quarterman
Surely the most obsessively comprehensive book ever written about this era of motorsport. I was hooked after just the introduction, and the concept of looking back on such a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Robinson
I frankly had expected a "retro" view of the Seventies, and not solely of the 1970 F1 season. Read morePublished on 28 May 2014 by johcafra
A verry good retro view on the 1970 F1 Season.
Remembering also the poor teams, wo normaly is not named.