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- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Headline Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Nov. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQBDGE
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Then, after he retires from auto racing for good at the end of the 1973 F1 season, thinks go downhill. I mean, really downhill. All of a sudden, the book becomes a self-indulgent tale, a thing that surprised me, since his humble beginnings ad relative humility.
Than, all Jackie can talk about is how he got to know princes, princess, kings, queens, corporative moguls (whom he thinks are the best men in the world, it seems). Ok Jackie, it's not everybody that can go to the Mayo Clinic once a year to make a complete check-up. Congratulations, you made it pal, I got it since the moment you were F1 World Champion. You didn't have to keep reminding the reader all the time.
Everybody in the book (again, mainly the top corporate men and the kings and queens) are either "fabulous", "tremendous", "fantastic", "bright", "enthusiastic" people. The book almost becomes disgusting, when he keeps talking and talking about hunting birds with the rich men, playing golf with them, etc. At least, he was involved in a lot of charity work.
Unusually, for this type of book, Sir Jackie wrote it himself without a ghost writer and it is all the better for that. And it is not only about motor racing it is about life in general with lots of self-help and business advice included. It is also quirky with a chapter on Sir Jackie's dogs that cannot fail to move anyone to tears. Anyone who buys this book - or gets it for Christmas will be totally delighted.
So – a great man, triumphant in one of the most demanding professions – has he written a great book? I don’t think so. The racing aspect is well-catered for but so much of it is self-promoting, promoting for others and name-dropping with almost gasp-producing regularity.
All credit to Sir Jackie for his achievements but at 562 pages, this book could have been edited to half that number and been all the better for it.
To be honest, Stewart was never one of my favorite drivers and I found his acknowledgment of the late Denis Jenkinson a little sour given that Jenks spent so many column inches dismissing many of Stewart's ideas on safety. Clark was my first hero, then mainly the Lotus drivers that followed him like Ronnie, Mario & Emerson, but I was really interested in Stewart's take on an era where so many of the true greats are no longer around to tell their tales. After the racing period, with the exception of the PSR section, I found it a chore that I felt I had to finish to see if there was some great nugget buried in the text. Having said that, some of the odder chapters came close - especially the one on his dogs, but then I am a dog owner and could empathise.
So, if you want good racing stories, stop reading when he retires. You won't get much detail on what happened to Tyrrell later on for example. But as someone else said, you will learn where to get your suits made, how to handle replies to letters and what great guys Fred the Shred and Thatcher's favorite industrialist Lord King are.