“Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

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Regular readers of Nigel Roebuck’s “Fifth Column” in Autosport will know he has a couple of all-time favourite drivers. If Mario Andretti isn’t number one, he’s surely a close second to Gilles Villeneuve. But a professional closeness and admiration for someone can be a mixed blessing when it comes to writing a biography of them. … Continue reading “Mario Andretti World Champion” (Nigel Roebuck, 1979)

Gallery: Donington Grand Prix Collection

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There are 68 days days of grinding, fingernail-chewing tedium until the new Grand Prix season starts. Happily, F1Fanatic can recommend two ways to enliven the tedium. One is to head off to Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (see below for ticket information). But also make sure you don’t let the off-season pass … Continue reading Gallery: Donington Grand Prix Collection

F1 book review: “Lotus – The competition cars” (Anthony Pritchard)

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Colin Chapman’s death in 1982 was an untimely shock. But if he were still wielding his brutal, uncompromising design genius in modern times, would the restrictive regulations completely neuter his capacity for thinking the unthinkable? It’s a question you can’t help but think as you flick through the 264 pages of this exhaustive history of … Continue reading F1 book review: “Lotus – The competition cars” (Anthony Pritchard)