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- File Size: 4435 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Pan (7 Mar. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BQF6RBO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Life At The Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One Kindle Edition
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But, to put a serious angle on it, the early days, up to the mid-70s especially, were dangerous times for F1. Anyone whose seen the awful footage of Tom Pryce's death, or Roger Williamson's, won't need convincing of that. But F1 was un-regulated in terms of safety and anyone who spoke out or tried to change things (step forward again, Sir Jackie) was branded a coward by many other drivers, team owners and circuit managers (and the latter of course, would have to spend money to implement any safety changes).Read more ›
In this book, he tells the story of his involvement in Formula One racing. He covers the years from 1978 to 1994 with a few notes about the following year. The book treads a path between autobiography and history or documentary.
My first comment about this book is that it is well written and a really enjoyable read. Of course, the author covers the many accidents which he has attended in his work. Beyond that, he writes about the personalities involved and also the process by which the current high standards of medical care have been introduced into the sport.
In that latter area, one character stands out. It is clear that without the force of Bernie Ecclestone behind them, many of the improvements to medical care would not have taken place. The two men each understand their own and the others job and they do not get in each others way and trust each other immensly.
Reading parts such as the description of the death of Gilles Villeneuve brought a tear to my eye. Other parts, such as the tale of Gerhard Berger testing the indestructability of Ayrton Senna's new carbon fibre briefcase had me laughing out loud.
Professor Sid Watkins has been and is still one of the leading personalities of F1 racing for 20 years or more. One day, with luck, a book which any F1 fan will keep and re-read again and again will be written by Prof Sid, with the help of a professional writer similarly steeped in motor racing. Until then, read his two books by all means but be prepared to feel very disappointed
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're a fan of Formula One, especially F1 in the 1970s through 1990s, you really ought to read this.Published 5 months ago by Nickja
A great disappointment . The book is poorly written, and badly arranged, leaping from anecdotes about races, to a rather self important view of the writer as a political figure... Read morePublished 6 months ago by christopher storey
Sid Watkins should have stuck to what he knew. Writing he knew not. It feels like the only reason he wrote this book, was to prve to the world that he and Senna were as thick as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark V
Arrived quickly,only downside is its a little scruffy looking - was going to give it to someone as a present but il keep it
Arrived quickly only downside is that its a... Read more
Good F1 read of other aspects in a Multi -Billion IndustryPublished 12 months ago by stephen bainbridge
If you like F1 from 70's to 90's then you must read this book. I read it on my kindle and was surprised it finished at ~80%, the last 20 % had facts & figures and copies of forms... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laserman59
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