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Art of the Formula 1 Race Car Hardcover – April 5, 2010

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“I think there is little doubt that any F1 fan – or any motorsport fan, for that matter, and perhaps a wider swath than that – will enjoy this book. It’s more than worth checking out.” – Formula1Blog.com  

 

“April 12, 2010 will see another coffee table book on Formula One. This desirable new entry from Motorbooks International, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car, features studio photographs of some of the most significant cars of the post war championship era. The photos serve to make the book gorgeous, the words that accompany James Mann’s photos, plus archive photos from LAT and teams, are from Stuart Codling. Codling has covered Grand Prix racing for over a decade and was picked by Peter Windsor for the book when Windsor couldn’t accept the assignment. Gordon Murray adds his own perspective with comments on the cars selected for the book. Murray worked on and designed several so his knowledge is first hand. This is a book destined for the libraries of any true motorsports fan, not just those who love Grand Prix racing. Not every great development started with a great team. You may be surprised where some ideas started. Look for the Art of the Formula 1 Race Car at your local book seller. You’ll be glad you bought it.” – MotorSportsForum.com



“In a chance to see Formula One cars when they are not moving at high speed, the book aims to display the vehicles as works of art. The collection of images covers nearly 60 years of motoring and, although the top speeds of the cars may have changed over time, it is clear to see that the beauty of their designs remains as captivating as ever.” – CNN.com

 

“I can’t put this book down.” - Autocar.co.uk

 

“Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” has instantly placed itself among my favourite motorsport books. What marks this book out from your regular coffee table F1 photo album however, is Stuart Codling’s wonderfully written commentary. Stuart perfectly captures not only the stories behind the concept, design and realization of these magnificent cars, but also manages to provide a history of their racing careers whilst also reflecting the heartstring-pulling passion which their sumptuous lines evoke. And with expert analysis from design legend Gordon Murray, you’re pretty much in F1 heaven.” - Willthef1journo.wordpress.com

 

“Codling’s pairing with Murray, a former chief designer at Brabham under one Bernie Ecclestone, is pretty ingenious, as it adds a technical but also lyrical perspective to the historical focus of Codling’s writings. But it probably is not going to be either of their work that immediately grabs – and holds – readers’ attention. It will be the stunning and artful, often intimate, photograph by James Mann, whose work has appeared in too many magazines and books to name. His photograph captures a key aspect to the history of Formula 1, the changing and evolving designs of the machines in which drivers both fearless and slightly mad have done battle for 60 years. It’s pretty cool, for sure. And the front and rear shots of the car are nothing but beautiful. It’s more than worth checking out.” – Formula1Blog.com

 

“April 12, 2010 will see another coffee table book on Formula One. This desirable new entry from Motorbooks International, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car, features studio photographs of some of the most significant cars of the post-war championship era. The photos serve to make the book gorgeous, the words that accompany James Mann’s photos, plus archive photos from LAT and teams, are from Stuart Codling. Most F1 fans will speed through it then keep coming back time after time, reviewing and learning some new bit of information every time.” – The MotorSports Forum

 

“… book filled with the most beautifully-captured selection of Formula One’s most evocative machinery. Sorry to come over all gushing but we really do love this book this much – we waited with eager anticipation and were not disappointed.” – VivaF1.com

 

“Each car is brought to live in page after page of close-up pictures exposing their intricacies fabulous detail. If F1 car technology is your thing, you simply have to buy this book.” – F1Fanatic.co.uk

 

“Stuart Codling's "Art of the Formula 1 Race Car" is best described as a book for everyone, for everywhere, written by one of the most naturally gifted writers I have had the pleasure of meeting in the F1 paddock, and without doubt one of the most talented wordsmiths to have graced the world of F1. Along with the well-written prose, the stunning photography by James Mann of 18 of the sport's most iconic and innovative cars marks it out as a must-have book for any motorsport fan.” – Manipef1.com



"With additional commentary by Gordon Murray and stunning studio photography by James Mann, this work is the perfect blend of pictures, analysis and the racing history of these remarkable racing machines." - Road & Track

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A feast for the eyes of motorsports fans and photography aficionados alike, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car profiles sixteen Grand Prix cars, covering nearly sixty years of Formula 1 history. From the Alfa Romeo 158 that carried Giuseppe Farina to the first F1 world championship in 1950 to Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 title-winning McLaren MP4-23, every era of the sport’s history is covered with breathtaking photography by James Mann, engaging historical profiles by Stuart Codling, and insightful commentary from championship-winning designer Gordon Murray.

 

Cars profiled

Alfa Romeo 158

Maserati 250F

Mercedes-Benz W196 streamliner

Lancia D50

BRM P57

Brabham BT20

Lotus 49B

Lotus 72

Tyrrell 003

Tyrrell P34

Ferrari 312T3

Williams FW07

McLaren MP4/4

Leyton House CG901

Jordan 191

Williams FW14

Ferrari F1-2000

McLaren MP4-23

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337318
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By WAYNE ZUEHLKE on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I must admit that I am not objective about this book because my son was its editor. On the other hand, I have followed and read about Formula 1 racing for forty years and this is one of the best books I have seen. The basic concept is to show the beauty of Formula 1 car designs. To do this, photographer James Mann shot eighteen cars in studios around the UK. The photographic emphasis is on both the overall chassis design as well as details of the engines, driver's compartments, etc. All of Mann's photographs are beautiful. In addition there are historical photos from the era of each car. The cars range from the Alfa Romeo of the first F1 season, 1950, to the McLaren MP4-23 of 2008. Thus it covers the entire Formula 1 era. The text is by Stuart Codling, a highly regarded UK based motorsports journalist. In addition, there is commentary by former Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray. The sum of all of these contributions is a one-of-a-kind book that is both very beautiful to look at and also a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.

The first user review says that the technical summaries are "fraught with errors". Well, there are exactly two errors. On page 95, the engine displacement should be 2,993 cc rather than 3,993; and on page 170, the year for the Jordan 191 should be 1991 rather than 1981 (the correct year is included in Codling's main text however).
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Harkens back to the days when a book like this was both fun to read, but also a conversation piece.
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Gorgeous and detailed full-color photographs show every angle and stylistic nuance of Formula 1's most iconic cars. Readers should also enjoy Gordon Murray's insightful insider commentary at the end of each chapter. In addition to the detailed automobile images and technological insights, the descriptions of the main drivers who helped realize these machines' full potential along with some of their pivotal battles adds some welcome perspective. A great read as well as a visual feast.
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It's Formula 1 presented in all of its glory. I waited 5 months to get this back order. I figured that if I could survive the off season, then I could survive the wait. Glad I did! Each chapter is organized around a specific team, for instance Lotus, Ferrari or McLaren. Each chapter provides a brief history of the team's development, along with fabulous photography of the car as it evolved, and the impact of particular investors, designers, engineers and owners. The book does not provide a detailed spec of each car each year; it is not a technical manual. If you are looking for that, you are in the wrong place. However, if you can't get enough F1 and want something to enjoy as a warm up to race day, then you are in the right spot!
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This simply beautiful book is beyond just a coffee table ornament; it has substance. A must buy for all those who appreciate photography and cars. It may even turn you into an F1 junkie if you aren't careful. Great book!
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I have no idea what makes a good F1 book, so trusted the reviews and it paid off big. My BF is a huge F1 fan and LOVED this book. He enjoyed learning the history of some of the older cars and the visuals were lovely.

My only issue is that when I received mine, it looked like there were greasy fingerprints on the jacket, but otherwise great.
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I bought this book about a year ago and it is fantastic. It's one of my favorite glossy coffee table books and for any F1 fan it is highly recommended. The photos are absolutely mind-blowing, and the cars really are treated like art by this book. The writing about each car, while short, is generally very good. My only quibbles are (and this coming from a huge McLaren F1 fan) having to listen to Gordon Murray's sometimes self-aggrandizing statements about the cars. E.g. "this part of XYZ car reminds me of when I came up with a wonderful groundbreaking new idea for my own car." Also, while the quality of the paper is excellent, the binding right in the center of the book has started to pull apart ever so slightly - just be careful and treat this book like the gem that it is and you shouldn't have any problems.
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I'd been wanting to get this gook for a while after getting his book "The Art of the Supercar", and I wasn't disappointed with the quality of the printng or the photography. The text is also quite good, and I was happy with his choice of cars, including my favorites - the Tyrrell P34, Ferrari 312T3, the Williams FW07, McLaren MP4/4 and Jordan 191. But I was surprised not to see the Lotus 78 and Brabham BT49, or perhaps the Ferrari 641 - particularly since the Ferrari is part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection - in the book. Only so much room, I suppose.
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