- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (7 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857332236
- ISBN-13: 978-0857332233
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Just Made the Tea: Tales from 30 Years Inside Formula 1 Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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Shortlisted for British Sports Book of the Year Awards 2013 --British Sports Book of the Year Awards
About the Author
With her husband Stuart, Di Spires spent 30 years running team motorhomes in the Formula 1 paddock and her experiences resulted in this book. Prior to that she was a civil servant working for ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) resolving strikes, and such was the demand for ACAS's services at British Leyland that for a long time she had a permanent office there. Her co-author is also someone with two aspects to his working life. Bernard Ferguson has worked in motor racing for 40 years, 23 of them at Cosworth, latterly as Director of Motorsport. In retirement he decided to try his hand at writing by taking on this project with Di Spires.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book follows a broadly chronological framework with occasional chapters devoted to a particular theme, for example, some of the racetracks Di and Stuart visited, or particularly important individuals who have touched their lives as and when they enter the story, such as Elio de Angelis, Flavio Briatore and Micheal Schumacher. Di and Stuart spent several years with Benetton, including the period during which Schumacher won his two World Championships for the team, and, in this context, 'I Just Made the Tea' provides an interesting counterpoint and companion piece to the books by Steve Matchett ('Life in the Fast Lane' and 'The Mechanic's Tale'), who was a race mechanic for Benetton during the same period.
Aside from conveying the genuine respect and affection the motor sport fraternity clearly has for Di and Stuart, or 'Mum and Dad', as they are called by everybody, the joy of this book is the number of anecdotes and character studies - made possible due to the informality of many contexts. The stories cover a range of emotions, from delight (such as when discussing Nelson Piquet, with whom Di and Stuart forged a particularly strong bond), to frustration over logistical headaches and the depths of despair whenever tragedy arose.Read more ›
Every F1 fan should get a copy and read a real tale about how F1 worked in the alst 30 years.
a million miles away from most of us but this puts wholesale reality and genuine feeling to it. It is a simple format: 'I was there, working', but Di Spires tells it as it is and you feel that it was written to you personally. She obviously met some very rich and famous people on a very regular basis but was not fazed by them, she 'just made the tea' and lots, lots more without fuss. Brilliant.
We learn their hopes, their let-downs, their good moments and some of the bad ones. It's sometimes a heart-wrenching book, as Di and Stu crossed the paths of so many big names in F1, some of them prematurely lost. It's very well written, with a pinch of humour, which is very much welcome. Even the bits regarding their personnal life are perfectly integrated.
All in all, I blindly reccomend this book to anyone who wants to know more about some of F1's big names, like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Peter Warr or Johnny Herbert. Go for it! You won't be disappointed!
As a person I have learnt one very important thing "follow your dream".
Di Spires obviously did this with her husband and the book really does convey how a positive approach gave them a wonderful career (albeit with some very sad times).
I would recommend it to anyone who loves motor racing or just wants a pointer on how to approach life,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Half way through and really don't want it too end....you can be my mum too..read it you'll understand. What an era and what an adventure these guys had.Published 2 days ago by Thelisterman
Excellent delivery service as always and first class read - could not put it down Fascinating insight into a side of the F1 world that many people never even knew aboutPublished 18 days ago by CJC
A fantastic read.
Funny, sad, but very informative.
Recommended to any F1 fan or indeed anybody who enjoys a good book
Absolutely brilliant, husband loved it. The author and seller is friendly and helpful too.Published 11 months ago by K
Quick delivery - present for Xmas, husband enjoyed reading it a lot.Published 11 months ago by J. Clarke
Excellent service bought and received within days, The book was pristine and personally signed by author as stated, extremely well packaged.Totally delighted.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful story about behind the scenes of many, if not all best and worst moments of Formula One. Beautifully written, makes me wish I was there... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alex M