"Anyone who is genuinely interested in Formula 1 will want to read this work, as they know that the sport is made up of more than just he cars driven by those on the podium." – Australian Classic Car
Australian Classic Cars, April 2008
Review by Patrick Quinn
The history of motor sport and especially Formula 1 is littered with cars that were designed with great enthusiasm but never quite made the grade. Some actually arrived on the grid while some others never left the workshop. This book is about cars that were built for the 3-litre formula that ended in 2005 but never made a mark for themselves or achieved victory. Frankly, I was surprised at the major players involved and honestly expected to read about cars built by unknowns. However, there were cars from Toyota, Honda, McLaren and Lola that are now sadly parked away gathering dust, overtaken by technology or simply found lacking. Other manufacturers include Dome from Japan, the French DAMs team and the Premier F1 car designed by English constructor Reynard.
The historical detail author Collins provides is very extensive and the photos used, both of the cars when new and today, make this an engaging book. Anyone who is genuinely interested in Formula 1 will want to read this work, as they know that the sport is made up of more than just the cars driven by those on the podium.
If a Formula 1 car was built and raced, chances are it is documented in detail in some book or website. Technical specifications, designers, the drivers who raced it, complete qualifying and race records. Everything you wanted to know about that car can be found somewhere. But, what about those Grand Prix cars that were built but never raced? They fall through the historical record keeping cracks. Sam Collins saves some of those cars from obscurity in his Unraced ... Formula One's Lost Cars.
Octane, July 2007 - UK magazine
Here's an intriguing footnote to F1 history: nine cars from the 1993-2003 era that never actually raced. Ranging from the big names – Honda, McLaren – to the less well known (Premier 1's abortive attempt to link football clubs with F1 ...), their stories are accompanied by rare photos.
Autoracinghistory.com, September 2007
“If you enjoy a tale, sometimes a mysterious one, about success and failure, this book is for you.”