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on 28 November 2001
A book for all motor racing and particularly Formula One enthusiasts. The author, Timothy Collings, obviously has the appropriate passes to get into the pits and paddocks of the Formula One circuits and therefore be able to talk with the movers and shakers who run the world of Formula One today. As a consequence he has written a very interesting insight into the sport, or should one say business, of Formula One.
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.
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on 27 December 2001
I had read the opening chapter, covering M. Schumachers move from Jordan to Benetton in 1991, on a website on the Internet and found it to be very interesting. Finally a book about the inner workings of the F1 circus, how deals are done and how the politcs really work. After having read the book I unfortunately found only this first chapter to really give an insight into the Piranha Club, how the deals are done and how the politics work. The rest is more or less devoted to giving profiles on team bosses, present and past. Although these profiles are an interesting read I miss knowing more about the real power struggles in the Piranha Club, like the FOCA vs. FISA war in the early '80s, the making of the Concord Agreement. So I must say I was rather disappointet in the book.
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on 24 May 2002
I found the book disappointing. The chapters covered the individuals who collectively make up The Piranha Club, but very little is said about how The Club operates. There was a significant amount of repetition, as though the chapters had been written independently of each other and not checked. There were also factual errors throughout the book.
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on 10 April 2003
Firstly, as usual with an F1 book, several key years were wrong - why aren't F1 books ever copychecked for dates? One minute Frank William's accident was in 1986, then it was 1996! Second point - there was some repetition, and it was close together too so no excuse really. And thirdly, I've, never, seen, so, many, commas, used, in, one, book!
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on 2 July 2015
As someone who was lucky to have worked in F1 for three years, in the early eighties, I can understand better than most what goes on. This book tells it as it was and is.
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on 28 December 2011
The recipient really enjoyed this but be warned as the 'owner' frequently (and at great length!) tells me tales from within its covers!!!
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on 16 April 2014
Like Formula one then you will find tte inside story of this world fascinating. Opens your eyes to the goings on behind the racing.
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on 1 June 2012
This was ordered for a present, it arrived very prompty and in perfect condition, ready for wrapping and giving to our friend
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on 7 April 2015
great book explaining the internal politics of F1 and why things are as they are today! Fascinating.
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on 10 December 2001
Piranha Club is about the inside workings of Formula One and the book reveals the sport, warts and all, to be about as attractive as diving into a shark-infested sea. That is if you are interested in becoming a part of the business. It is a strong, well-researched, serious and funny read, reveals a lot about the characters in the sport and the way they do their business, and also reveals the complex and competitive nature of it all. Without doubt one of the best reads about the F1 business to have been published. It is well-written, well-researched and incisive and fun. Highly-recommended for anyone interested in high quality sports-writing.
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