“My cars, my career” (Stirling Moss with Doug Nye, 1987)

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Having recently looked at F1 driver autobiographies from two different generations (Alex Zanardi and Niki Lauda) I decided to turn to another, even earlier subject – Stirling Moss. He collaborated on this fascinating autobiographical work with Doug Nye in 1987. Its structure is a simple chronological ‘guide’ to every car he ever raced, interspersed with … Continue reading “My cars, my career” (Stirling Moss with Doug Nye, 1987)

“Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004)

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I wonder if Michael Schumacher will ever write an autobiography? I doubt it very much – he apparently has little interest in Formula One beyond the time at which he was active in it. It’s a shame – doubly so given how poor most of the biographies of him are. But if there’s one contemporary … Continue reading “Alex Zanardi: My Story” (Alex Zanardi with Gianluca Gasparini, 2004)

“Chasing the Title” (Nigel Roebuck, 1999)

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For many F1 fans, the week isn’t complete without grabbing five minutes to read Nigel Roebuck’s Fifth Column in Autosport. A shame, then, that he rarely finds the time to create an extended volume of his work such as this. “Chasing the Title” broadly covers anything and everything Roebuck chose to turn his mind to … Continue reading “Chasing the Title” (Nigel Roebuck, 1999)

“Grand Prix Yesterday & Today” (Bruce Jones, 2006)

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Coffee-table picture books about motor racing are ten a penny. So what makes this one special? As the title suggests the theme of the book is ‘then and now’, and each spread places two photographs from different periods side by side and compares the two. It’s a simply but effective approach that has produced an … Continue reading “Grand Prix Yesterday & Today” (Bruce Jones, 2006)

“The Lost Generation” (David Tremayne, 2006)

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After James Hunt’s World Championship victory in 1976 there wasn’t another British champion until Nigel Mansell in 1992. Even though British teams like Lotus, McLaren and Williams won championships in the intervening period, of British champions were none. That might have been very different had it not been for the untimely deaths of three promising … Continue reading “The Lost Generation” (David Tremayne, 2006)

“Grand Prix Century”?? (Christopher Hilton, 2005)

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Christopher Hilton’s history of Grand Prix racing from 1906 to 2005 is not for the faint-hearted: Both in terms of reading it, and lugging the 500-page hardback around with you. He attempts to condense a century of motor sport into a single book – an extraordinary task – and the end product is a unique … Continue reading “Grand Prix Century”?? (Christopher Hilton, 2005)

“The Last Road Race”?? (Richard Williams, 2004)

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I’ve always been fascinated by the Pescara track. It is an anomaly in Formula One history, used only once for a World Championship race. And, at 25.5 kilometres (15.8 miles) in length, the longest circuit ever used for F1 – though many might automatically assume that record belongs to the Nurburgring. So I was delighted … Continue reading “The Last Road Race”?? (Richard Williams, 2004)

“1?? litre Grand Prix Racing 1961-65” (Mark Whitelock, 2006)

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There is nothing new under the sun. Just as the FIA provoked intense debate when they imposed 2.4-litre V8 engines from 2006, so there was similar distaste over the imposition of 1.5-litre engines after the 1960 season. This new book from Mark Whitelock turns the spotlight on this “largely overlooked” period of Grand Prix history. … Continue reading “1?? litre Grand Prix Racing 1961-65” (Mark Whitelock, 2006)

“Schumacher: The Life of the New Formula 1 Champion” (Timothy Collings, 1994)

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Carrying on our recent theme of Michael Schumacher book reviews, this very early book dates back to the winter of 1994 when the German had just seized his first world championship. This book makes especially interesting reading in the light of everything Schumacher has accomplished in the 12 years since his first World Drivers’ Championship. … Continue reading “Schumacher: The Life of the New Formula 1 Champion” (Timothy Collings, 1994)

Inside Ferrari (Jon Nicholson with Maurice Hamilton, 2006)

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Few of us ever get the chance to get up close to Formula One cars. Unless you can blag a paddock pass, it’s difficult to get much of an impression of what goes on behind the scenes at a race weekend. “Inside Ferrari” puts the inner workings of the Scuderia on display through 285 pages … Continue reading Inside Ferrari (Jon Nicholson with Maurice Hamilton, 2006)

“Team Schumacher” (Timothy Collings, 2005)

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Michael Schumacher is heading for retirement, so place your bets now on how many new Schumacher biographies will be out in time for the Christmas market. There are plenty of books on the controversial seven-times champion already, though, one of the most recent of which is Timothy Collings “Team Schumacher”. This is not so much … Continue reading “Team Schumacher” (Timothy Collings, 2005)