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Formula 1: The Roaring '70s Hardcover – 15 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; Mul edition (15 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • ISBN-10: 3832795375
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832795375
  • Product Dimensions: 34.4 x 28.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I have always very much admired and will be eternally grateful to 'RWS' for his tremendous photos from bygone eras, however this very good rather than great book does have some issues to address and clarify particularly when considering its not inconsiderable purchase price even when taking into account Amazons 'usual' generous discount.

Initially its weight, size, high quality dust jacket and image on same; its overall 'presence' is in the best 'coffee table' tradition most impressive indeed. Open the book however and you are immediately confronted with around 25 pages of title/intro. 'blurb' in five languages no less! Eleven modest photos punctuate aforesaid text with I hasten to add ten being driver(s) portraits with only one, a scene at Montjuich, showing the rear view of two 'small' cars set against an albeit impressive, imposing backdrop of an historic and beautiful building. This to some degree sets the theme for the rest of the book.

Another initial impression and personal observation: the choice of paper used is somewhat unusual. A low-gloss almost matte reproduction on admittedly high quality but overly heavy paper. Its rather like thin card and feels as if you are turning two pages at once. It doesn't quite work for me.

Back to the contents. Luckily my personal interest is primarily in the first half of the decade, the books content does reflect a strong bias for these earlier years. There are some superb studies of Jochen and Nina Rindt (but only one small rather 'ordinary' photo of his GLTL Lotus 72 on track). I believe I have seen some of these and other similar if not exactly the same images depicted in this book elsewhere, including Paul Parker's book as referred to below within which several images are duplicated.
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Even the title is a misnomer. 'Roaring' implies engines, machines and the like, but what we have here is a portrait gallery of those who made up the Formula 1 of the seventies. Infact, even that's not true, because we reach the year 1975 having already been through 75% of the book. So there's an emphasis on the early part of the era.

People like the author surely have a responsibility to bring the past to life. Show that it really all did happen, in colour! (I say that, because most of the images we saw at the time were in black and white.) More than that, the 70's was the last time that F1 raced on the 'great' circuits, like the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, Barcelona's Montjuich park, Clermont Ferrand, and the old Spa francorchamps. And in cars that 'look' more like the F1 cars of today. Surely it'd be great to see lots of images of those circuits as they were at the time? The author frequented all of those races, but we get no images of what went on out on the circuit! Frustrating! Today, we can only imagine what it was like to see a F1 car on the aforementioned circuits, and sadly it seems that it still has to remain in our imagination.

To put it into perspective, there are no action pictures of the McLaren M23 (1973-1977), Tyrrell 006 (1973), Brabham BT44 (1974-5), Lotus 79 (1978), Williams FW07 (1979), the seminal cars of the era. How can one look at car development over the period? The best pictures are of Francois Cevert's Tyrrell, jumping at Montjuich, and an out of focus image of Ian Ashley's 1975 Williams equally jumping at the Flugplatz (on the Nurburgring), but that's pretty much it!
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very well
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Fantastic book with wonderful pictures from the past. A Classic collectors Book. Look after it - keep it away from sticky fingers -get it !
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I bought this as a gift but the recipient said that it is one of the best books he has seen. The photographs are spectacular and bring the atmosphere and nostalgia of 70's motor racing to the fore!
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