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on 31 January 1999
A beautifully-produced, diligently-researched and extremely penetrating portrait of two of Britain's racing heroes of the Fifties. Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. Hawthorn is the man who is better known, partly because of his extrovert personality and his rather lucky World Championship; this biography expands on his own brief but enjoyable writing in "Challenge Me The Race" and "Champion Year", and is the first full length survey of Collins, possibly a better driver and certainly another fascinating character. This huge book studies their lives and careers in parallel and covers and their friendship during their final years at Ferrari in much detail.
As a portrait of two great drivers, of motor racing in the fifties and of a friendship based on an exbuerant approach to life, this is a superb book.
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on 24 January 2008
This is a glorious book, captures the era, hard to put down, any motor sport fan who remembers black & white film will thoroughly enjoy it; prepare to shed a few tears too.
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The classic work on the careers of Pete Collins and Mike Hawthorn . Thoroughly researched and well written . Read in conjuction with Hawthorns 'Champion Year ' and 'Challenge Me the Race ' plus Ed Mcdonoughs more recent 'Peter Collins:All About the Boy' this book will provide the reader with a full appreciation of these two fine English racing drivers of the 1950's destined always to live in the shadow of the legend that is Stirling Moss . A highly recommended book even at its present price level.
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on 9 December 2013
Good informative bio with plenty details of a short life lived to the full. The story is descriptive of a bygone era of motor racing where danger was ever present and the machinery was rapidly evolving. Regarded by many as the 'Golden Era', the truth may be less shiny when the number of lives lost is taken into account.
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on 11 June 2015
Brilliant book
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