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Autocourse 60 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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"This 400-page book is a lot more than a coffee table picture book. In-depth text is by British motoring journalist Alan Henry. Wonderful photos, many of them utterly new to me, are by Bernard and his son Paul-Henri Cahier" - Road & Track
"Autocourse: 60 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing, new from Motorbooks / Icon Publishing, is a lavishly-illustrated account of the globally successful FIA Formula 1 World Championship from its roots before World War II to the present day. After the war came the glamorous era of the winning Alfa Romeos, followed by stunning victories from Ferrari and Maserati in the 1950s maintaining the Italian tradition before mighty Mercedes captured the crown; along the way technological advances causing several re-inventions. The book follows the action in over 500 images evoking the drivers - the great Michael Schumacher gets his very own chapter – cars, circuits, personalities and issues of each era. The back of the book contains a useful compendium of statistics, champions and more. With more and more countries vying with each other to gain the right to stage a Formula 1 contest, and as the calendar heads towards a twenty-race season, the book also looks forward to the megabucks sport's seventh decade as new teams arrive to take on the established giants." - Luxist.com
About the Author
Alan Henry is one of the most respected F1 journalists, and has built up good relationships with most of the sport’s leading personalities over the years. He is currently Grand Prix Editor for Autocar and regular Formula 1 columnist for The Guardian. His numerous books include a good number over the years for Haynes, including Jenson Button: A World Champion's Story and co-authorship of Stirling Moss: All My Races.
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It covers the eras of F1 racing fairly thoroughly.It also give good insight into the characters and talents of the drivers
However the prose is is not engaging and often plain clumsy.
More seriously some important topics are hardly mentioned such as tyre developments and the history of the various circuits
Safety is mentioned many times but as with most technical issues it is not dealt with sytemetically
The photographs are good but are from limited sources
I love having this book but each time I put it down I feel like starting work on a much better organised, engagingly written and disciplined history of one of the greatest of sports.
The photos are just great, some of them leaved me speeachless for a while. I've just readed the first two chapters and I can say it is fun to read. The author sumarizes a whole season in some paragraphs that are well plotted alongside the related photographs. There are short reports of certain topics that are relevant to each chapter. Each photograph has a clear description and can be esily related to the reading.
I have a small collection of yearbooks from the 60s and 70s (Louis Stanley's and Barrie Gil's), all Autocourse from 1980 to 1997, and Formula One Yearbook (Luc Domenjoz) 1998-2008. I'm extremely satisfied to have all of my books summarized in one! If you read this book and you need more detailed information of certain topic, you must go and look for it in an annual publication.
This is the absolute history book of F1, this is the best money I have invested on a book so far.
As an owner of 20+ years' worth of regular Autocourse annuals, I feared the "60 Years Of..." might be a cynical marketing ploy to elicit more money from my pocket. How wrong I was.
Featuring never before seen pictures by close personal friend to the `drivers of yore' Bernard Cahier, this is an essential close-up of the sport for anyone who never witnessed it first-hand. It is the best insight into the Formula 1 World Championship's history you could ever hope for.
Alan Henry's accompanying words are just as evocative; suitably succinct while still delivering the power and emotion of what for many years was a sport terribly cruel upon its participants.
This book breaks the boundary between `hard-core fan' and `general F1 viewer' and as such is essential to both.
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