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Williams F1: The Greatest Story in British Motor-racing Told by Those Who Were There Paperback – 20 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Airport / Ireland / Export ed edition (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932688
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 763,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The definitive oral history of the Williams F1 team - as told by those on the inside --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Maurice Hamilton has been covering Formula 1 as a freelance journalist since 1977. He has attended more than 450 Grands Prix, including every race since 1984. The author of 19 books, Hamilton also commentates on the Grands Prix for BBC Radio 5 Live.


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Format: Hardcover
I looked forward to reading this book from the moment that I heard it was coming. I have been a fan of Williams Formula 1 team since the FW06 (where the hell did they come from?) days. Well, here is where they came from.

All the stories that have done the rounds regarding Sir Frank, Patrick and the team are here as you would hope. But this time the people that were there are coming clean...ish.

If you have read the authors previous works regarding Williams as a Grand Prix team then most of the anecdotes will be familiar, but even so reading Dickie Stanford, Alan Jones,Frank Dernie (even Ron Dennis) telling it how they remember it is great fun. It is also very moving. Piers Courage still seems to be an inspiration to Frank and a rightly so, although Alan Jones still seems to be the the template for a Williams driver.

Why only 4 stars?

The book is printed on cheap paper in a small format and the photographs are few, far between and uninspiring. Except for the last one.

I love this book, but would have happily paid more money for a more satisfying and tactile volume.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a book I took on holiday with me, and I could not put it down. It gives a real insight in to the philosophy of a true Grand Prix team, and the determination of Sir Frank Williams and his business partner, Patrick Head.

In summary - a riveting read, but let down by the lack of photographs (seeing some of their past drivers in their winning cars would have been nice).
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very good read charting the life of Frank Williams and the development of the F1 team. The man is a legend who is up there with Enzo Ferrari. Extremely well respected by all who talk about him on the book. Never realised the special relationship with Patrick Head. A must read for all serious f1 fans.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has a different format from most on F1 because of the various people who have written their accounts within it, this makes it very enjoyable and a good read. Having such a range of people adding content is probably a reflection of the respect F1 has for the Williams team. It provides various view points of the key events in Willams F1 history, from the tragedies to the immense success the team had. It shows how F1 used to be and the hard work, skill and risks taken by Frank williams and Patrick Head in getting to the top as well as a view on the transition from the 'old' f1 of the 1970's to the current sport as we know it.

Unfortunately the version I received did not have any pictures, which seem to be present in an earlier publication I saw, whether this is by error is unclear and the only reason why I only gave it 4/5 instead of a maximum 5.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is really in the un putdownable category,very well researched and the comments of the contributers are really interesting.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A fascinating insight into the development of a racing team. An interesting book in that it records many of the participants personal memories through the years of striving. I would have liked to have seen a bit more technical detail of the cars. It is a book that I am pleased to have in my collection.
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Format: Hardcover
it is good but it doesn't cover much of the new williams in which i got it for it talks mainly about the old
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book proofs how much a great British team they are. A lot of British companies could learn how to run a highly competitive business from Sir Frank. There are lots of good input from various people not just Sir Frank. Great read.
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