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Rapid Response: My Inside Story as a Motor Racing Life-saver Paperback – 1 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; Reprint edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184425982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844259823
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Saturday Star "(CAN), Dec. 9, 2006"The coming year's best-seller in motorsports books is bound to be Rapid Response."" " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr Stephen Olvey was Medical Director for Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in the USA, having served in that position from 1978 to 2003. In this capacity he helped save Alex Zanardi's life - hence Alex's foreword to the book.

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Superb read for anyone interested in motorsport. Graphic in places, but that's the point. Would recommend highly.
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It is not unfair to describe this book as an American version of Professor Sid Watkins 1995 book 'Life at the Limit'. Both are entertaining tales by the Chief Doctor of a major open-wheeled racing series. Both tell stories of triumph, tragedy and comedy, and both detail the improvements made to motorsport safety since the 1960s. However, I fear that this book will not receive much attention outside of racing fans because it's not about Formula One. And if it's not about Formula One, nobody wants to know. If this happens it will be unfortunate, especially as anyone wearing F1-only blinkers will be missing out on stories of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Mario Andretti and Alessandro Zanardi. All of whom raced in CART as well as F1. Of course there's also stories of Greg Moore, Rick Mears and A.J. Foyt, but if you're one of the 0.00001% of people in Britain who know those names, you've probably already got this book.

The book covers forty years of racing and a whole range of experiences. Dr Olvey's career wasn't just confined to working in racing so he can tell stories of both superstar drivers and regular doctors and nurses. The book opens with the story that demonstrates just how much can be done even in the most desperate circumstances; that of Alex Zanardi's crash in Germany in 2001. Both of Zanardi's legs were severed above the knee in a high speed collision, yet he survived thanks to the skill and speed of the medical team. Compare this with the norm in the 1960s and '70s. The author recalls a time when safety precautions were so haphazard that an Indy 500 winner could roll out of the back of an ambulance strapped to a gurney!
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Almost as good (and macabre) as the F1-equivalent written by Prof Sid Watkins. Racing fans interested in the history of (lack of) safety in racing will find this fascinating.
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Fascinating incite and a really interesting read. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for any race fan 25 Nov. 2013
By racerjoe - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Stephen Olvey tells about the often-forgotten side of auto racing - the fatal side. The book is a collection of stories dealing with drivers killed or seriously injured while driving open wheel race cars. Also mixed in are stories about Olvey's personal life, both away from and at the track.

The stories go through the years with the first ones taking place when Dr. Olvey was new to the sport and they progress on throughout, ending up close to the present day. His recollection of the Alex Zanardi incident in all its gruesome detail is masterful, yet terrifying to read.

The book also touches on safety advancements made during Olvey's time in the sport, but here is where the book has a weakness. Olvey makes it clear he does not like NASCAR and judges the organization quite unfairly throughout the book when it comes to safety. He focuses on the negative aspects and omits many positive ones NASCAR has taken during the last decade.

That being said, it is still a great read and I would recommend it to any race fan, regardless if they watch American open wheel racing or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for Anyone Interested in Indy Cars or Racing Safety in General 4 May 2016
By dbh1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually don't read books straight through, but I read this one cover to cover in 2 days. Once I opened the package and started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. An easy read, but really entertaining--like sitting around with an old friend telling stories. Each chapter is a self-contained story that is a mix of the human side of racing, hard facts, and an interesting story all wrapped together. I worked in Indy cars 1986--1988, so I experienced some of the events in the book first hand, and was acquainted with Dr. Olvey.

If you're at all interested in the inside story of Indy Cars or safety aspects of racing, I highly recommend this book. It is both entertaining and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life or Death in the Crash Zone 5 Dec. 2015
By Mark M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was glued to my seat, um, the page. The book was hard to put down once I got into it. It revealed how little I knew about the behind the scenes effort of the safety crews involved at race venues around the globe. And here I thought I was a well informed race fan! The medical center "turf Wars" by the hospital staffs was a shocker, especially given the severity of injuries and consequences of surgical methods that could end a driver's career in an instant.

If you are a race fan, you will enjoy this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a powerful book about the cruel part of ... 3 Mar. 2017
By shag - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a powerful book about the cruel part of Indycar racing that is rarely discussed in depth. Dr. Olvey not only saved drivers lives, but also helped make racing a whole lot safer for today's drivers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read for Any Race Fan 5 Jun. 2015
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought the paperback directly from the author. Very good read for any race fan. Loved reading the inside story of bringing safer cars to the CART series. Was always a Indycar fan but lost interest when the "Split" happened. Renewed my interest again this year after going back to Long Beach again this year. If you enjoy racing you will enjoy this read even though some of it makes you sad to read. Lost too many good people along the way.
Thank you Dr. Steve great book and thank you for the signed copy.
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