It’s taken a while for FOCA to get their act together with F1 review DVDs – too long, really – but the 2004 DVD delivers the goods.
If you’re putting a collection of these videos together, put this one at the bottom of your wish list. There really is nothing to commend it.
Although there are DVD reviews available for the 2000 and 2001 season, FOM took until 2003 to start putting their own DVD reviews out.
Quite a few of these F1 season review videos have perplexing titles, and this is a prime example.
The 1988 season review video boasts a strong commentating line-up: F1 legend Stirling Moss and top pundit Tony Jardine.
The simmering Schumacher-Hill rivalry of 1995 makes for great viewing.
The 1998 season video suffers from the same irritating commentary that spoils the 1997 review.
A case study in how to spoil good material with sloppy production.
A host of mid-eighties major names including Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet commentate on the 1985 season review.
A scintillating season with three drivers still in the championship hunt at the final round – and we all know what happened to Nigel Mansell at that infamous race.
The 1987 season saw Nelson Piquet take his third title after a season-long battle with Williams team mate Nigel Mansell. The championship was decided when Mansell shunted in practice at Suzuka and injured his back.
The commentary is decidedly indifferent and the actual composition of the video towards the end is decidedly dodgy. Perhaps this was rushed out for the 1996 Christmas market?
This deeply embarrassing title of this video tells you all you need to know about its content.
The drama and controversy that characterised 1989 continued into 1990, and this video is also essential viewing for F1 fans.
Grand Prix 4 comes from a truly grand dynasty of Formula One computer games.
Possibly the greatest franchise in computer gaming returns for a fourth outing.
Beverley Turner was briefly a member of ITV’s Formula One coverage team in the early 2000s.
The Mechanic’s Tale is Steve Matchett’s second book, following his account of the 1994 season, Life in the Fast Lane, and covers his entire career (with emphasis on the F1 years, of course) until his retirement from the sport in 1997.
The work of Professor Sid Watkins revolutionised Formula 1 in a uniquely important way, transforming a sometimes lethal sport.
Koen Vergeer’s Formula One Fanatic is a very different kind of F1 book.