Formula One Champions (German) Hardcover – 15 Jan 2012
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"An opulent art book with terrific photography in a manner of speaking: an encyclopedia that reaches maximum speeds." Der Spiegel"
About the Author
One of the most sought after photographers in Formula 1, Rainer Schelgelmilch began his career in 1964 when he opened his own studio in Franfurt. Working primarily in advertising photography at the time, Schelgelmilch began documenting the races he attended as a hobby. Today, he systematically attends every event on the racing circuit and, having pioneered many techniques of sports photography himself, is an unquestionable authority in the field.
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A must have book for any F1 fan
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Lehbrink's mini-biographies manage at the same time to offer a sense of intimacy and scope, shedding light on the drivers' personalities and motivations while placing each in the context of his competitive set. Filled with historical and technical detail, but never over-laden with jargon, these are good reads for the devout fan and casual observer alike.
The heart of this book, though, are the photos. Schlegelmilch's driver portraits fill in the details the words can't grasp at. Just a glance at the impish grin of Jackie Stewart, the determined scowl of Alain Prost, the boyish joie de vivre in Schumacher's smile, and you have an insight into these men's personalities. Though I'd scarcely known him before, my favorite was debonair Englishman Graham Hill, a two-time world champion with the sauvest mustache this side of Clark Gable.
Schlegelmilch's photos also chronicle the fascinating evolution of the cars themselves, from the glorified tin cans of the `50s, through the development of curves and aerodynamics in the `60s and `70s, through to the veritable rocketships of the present day, smearing in blurs of chrome, candy-apple red and fluorescent yellows and greens right off the page. You can feel the screaming speed in each of Schlegelmilch shots.
Those new to the sport and longtime fans alike will enjoy this ride.
Bernie Ecclestone, who knows all of the 32 world champions writes the forward to this book and calls it "The most thrilling show on earth". The book is dedicated to Jim Clark, who was a British Formula 1 racing driver from Scotland and won seven out of ten grand prix in 1963 and won six out of ten in 1965 and to other drivers who are no longer with us. Clark's untimely death in 1968 when he was doing practice laps and went off the course at the Hockenheimring, in Germany and hit a tree, was a great loss to the racing community. There are some great close-ups of him in this book as well as photos of his cars and him in action.
All of the photography is gorgeous and the shots are unique. One of my favorite things about the book are the full page photos of the faces of each of the champions. Schlegelmilch captures the emotions of a driver watching in anticipation, experiencing the pride of winning or sometimes the concentration of being in the driver's seat. These are beautiful photographs. The book is substantial, a good 6½ pounds according to my scale. It's also large, about 13 ½ x 11 ¼ inches and about 1 1/3 inches thick. It's a coffee table book and would make a wonderful gift for anyone who is a Formula 1 fan. I received a complimentary copy of this book that both I and my husband will cherish for years to come.
Formula 1: World Champions is a photographic and written history of every world champion from 1950 to 2011. The majority of the photographs were taken by Rainer Schlegelmilch, a master photographer of Formula 1 racing. In 2011 at Monza, Schlegelmilch was awarded a permanent press pass by Bernie Ecclestone. He had photographed 568 races. The photographs in this book were selected from over 500,000 images. The weakest part of Schlegelmilch's other books has been the text - they are usually a bit thin on words. For this book, Hartmut Lehbrink penned the amazing one page descriptions of each driver. Lehbrink began covering Formula 1 in 1970, and has a gift for capturing the most important parts of a driver's career. The section on Aryton Senna is heart wrenching.
The book is in chronological order, with a little twist. Instead of a spread for each year in strict chronological order, the first year a driver wins the championship places him in the year order. For drivers with multiple year wins, there is an overall page describing his career, followed by spreads for each year after that. All of Alain Prost's wins are together. His section follows Keke Rosberg (1984 winner). There is a beautifully written description of his career, and then sections immediately following for 1985, 1986, 1989, and 1993. The other champion books I've seen would put Prost's 1993 win between Mansell's 1992 win and Schumacher's 1994 win. This book is more driver centric than calendar centric, and I like that very much.
This is a massive, heavy book with beautiful binding. The photographs are laid out with amazing style. The simplest layout is a full page image of the driver with no caption or page number facing six smaller photographs with captions. There are frequently images that span two full pages - roughly a thirteen by twenty four inch image. The text is presented in German and English.
The remarkable thing about this book is how many of these drivers I grew up with or feel like I knew. My first memory of a movie was seeing the film Grand Prix. As a child, I fell in love with all things racing cars, the 1960's Formula 1 cars were the best. I was an avid Formula 1 fan during the 1980's and 90's. Working my way through this book is like seeing old friends again, up close.
Not only is this book something special for the Formula 1 fan, it is a master work in how to photograph auto races. Starting in 1960, the pictures are almost exclusively by Rainer Schlegelmilch. To see his technique and style change over fifty years is incredible. It is the rare book to see that many years of a photographer's career in one single volume. He is an amazing photographer.
I love this book for many reasons. The text is beautifully written. The photographs are each individual masterpieces. The printing is nearly perfection, as close as it can get to a real photograph. And it reminds me of a sport I love.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book for review.
Rainer Schlegelmilch's other Formula 1 books:
The Golden Age of Formula 1
Formula 1: The Roaring '70s (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian Edition)
What teNeues press has achieved in this huge, heavy and gloriously colorful monograph on Formula 1 is an homage to the people who compete and who make this sport possible. The book is rather dedicated to Jim Clark who in 1963 won seven out of ten grands prix and 1965 six out of ten and who died in the line of duty in 1968. But it doesn't stop there. There is an introduction about the history of the Formula 1 from 1950 to the present as sensitively written by Hartmut Lehbrink, and a brief but cogent Foreword by Bernie Ecclestone - the man who has known all of the winners. The book then launches into studies of all of the 32 winners in the Formula 1 with large photographs of the faces of these titans as well as images of the races they won and the cars they drove. Most of the photography in the book is in highly saturated full color, but there are equally fine photographs in black and white. The photography design is by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch.
The energy that zooms out of these pages is due both to the images presented and to the individual write ups of each of the men who have been champions. It makes for exciting reading and viewing and brings a level of respect for a sport called by Ecclestone as 'The most thrilling show on earth.' FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONS is a very impressive book about a splendid sport. Grady Harp, April 12
the bios can be a bit short, but they can give you a good ideal of what kind of person the man is. Any of them you want more info on can easily be found from other sources.