The Piranha Club: Power and Influence in Formula One Hardcover – 8 Nov 2001
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'Collings rounds up the cast of characters and offers a rare insight into the lives of the club members.' -- The Times
'a refresher course on the men who have shaped the structure of the Formula One phenomenon.' -- The Independent
'offers a penetrating and fascinating insight ... incisive, revolutionary and entertaining ... a unique behind the scenes perspective.' -- F1 News
From the Back Cover
'Welcome to the Piranha Club' Ron Dennis to Eddie Jordan
Now fully revised and updated, The Piranha Club is the first serious study of Formula One's most fascinating and influential figures - the men who wield the real power.
Author Timothy Collings has written a riveting analysis of the Formula One paddock, explaining how it works, who runs it, how it makes money and what sort of people exist there.
The place is tumbling with excitement and interest. It is run like clockwork and the people who run it are the most intriguing of all: Bernie Jordan and the rest. They are from a variety of backgrounds, but they share the common interest of the Formula One motor racing - and finding a way of making money successfully. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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However this book does not only cover the current team managers but also those from the earlier days of Formula One including Walker, Cooper, Ferrari and, in my opinion, the best of all the late Colin Chapman. The book outlines the way in which they built up their motor racing empires and the reasons why they all, including Ferrari, ultimately became also rans and, with the exception of Ferrari, eventually left the circus. The book not only reveals how some of these managers reacted at the death of their drivers but also shows their determination and single mindedness to succeed whatever the costs, both financially and in human terms.
The profiles of these early team owners and managers set the background for how the world of Formula One has progressed over the years to the present team managers, known as the Piranha Club. From the very first chapter, which covers Michael Schumacher's first and as it turned out only race for Jordan and the subsequent contract wrangles with Benetton, it is evident that some of the teams and their managers will stop at nothing to achieve the aims and ambitions of their team.
One criticism of the book is that the publishers have obviously decided that more than a few pictures of the team managers and owners involved in the historical F1 teams and the current day teams were unnecessary.
A very enjoyable read and a worthwhile addition to the library of any motor racing fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book explaining the internal politics of F1 and why things are as they are today! Fascinating.Published 15 months ago by Rob
Like Formula one then you will find tte inside story of this world fascinating. Opens your eyes to the goings on behind the racing.Published on 16 April 2014 by sage
This was ordered for a present, it arrived very prompty and in perfect condition, ready for wrapping and giving to our friendPublished on 1 Jun. 2012 by AllanC
The recipient really enjoyed this but be warned as the 'owner' frequently (and at great length!) tells me tales from within its covers!!!Published on 28 Dec. 2011 by JanB