I've bought all three editions of this masterpiece. Each one improves on its successor, and given that I thought the first was magnificent you can probably guess how good I think the third is. As well as the pithy, concise biographies, extensive historical information and driver photos there's now a selection of action shots of the drivers; this marvellous new edition book is physically larger than its predecessors (so some of the photos look particularly good), hardbound, better typeset and on much better paper. An absolute bargain for any F1 enthusiast. Steve Small's thorough research into the real obscurities continues -- his quest to find pictures of (and more information about) everyone who's ever started a Grand Prix continues. This is as close as you'll ever get to a definitive compendium of information on post-War Grand Prix drivers; add it to the 1970s "Encyclopedia of Motor Sport" for a truly complete reference.
I really wanted go buy the new 4th Edition of this book by Steve Small, published in 2013, but at £70 cover price and very little discount currently available, this was too expensive to purchase. (I may buy it later when the price has dropped considerably.) However I came across the earlier 2000 3rd edition for only £2, in excellent , as new condition, and by contrast, it is superb value and at 624 pages it covers all GP drivers up until 2000 in great detail. It provides both a biography on each driver, together with his, or her (yes there were female GP drivers over the years), full and comprehensive record of every GP that they participated in, even in qualifying when they did not qualify for the race itself. There are good photographs of many of the drivers, albeit in black and white (when the 4th edition is in colour) and since I know nearly all the new drivers since 2000, I don't feel I'm missing out. But being reminded of some of the drivers from the distant past is facinating and memory jogging. Not the sort of book you read from cover to cover, but rather one you dip into when the mood inclines and there is nearly always something of interest, regardless of where you open it. Very glad I bought it. Even my wife, who is not such a GP/petrol head as myself, find it interesting !!!
This updated edition of Small's book has absolutely complete data on the F1 careers of every driver (including those that did not qualify for a GP) that entered in the World Championship since 1950. Also there is a photograph of almost every driver. The book is a must for any F1 fan and you can go through it many, many times and you will always enjoy it.