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#6151 midgrid

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 15:28

There's a full-page advertisement in today's Autosport for Tom Rubython's latest book, In the Name of Glory: 1976 the Greatest Ever Sporting Duel, apparently on sale from this weekend (but already available from Amazon). As he recently authored a biography of Hunt, I'm wondering if it's just a rehash of the relevant parts of that book, or if it's a genuinely original effort.

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 17:03

There's a full-page advertisement in today's Autosport for Tom Rubython's latest book, In the Name of Glory: 1976 the Greatest Ever Sporting Duel, apparently on sale from this weekend (but already available from Amazon). As he recently authored a biography of Hunt, I'm wondering if it's just a rehash of the relevant parts of that book, or if it's a genuinely original effort.

It's Tom Rubython - need we say more?

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 20:40

LONDON'S DISUSED UNDERGROUND STATIONS
J. E. Connor
Capitol Transport Publishing (www.capitaltransport.com)
ISBN 978-1-85414-250-4
It was first published in 1999 as an A5 paperback and this is the latest enlarged version reprinted in 2008. It's not about old racing cars/drivers/circuits et al so my apologies for introducing it here but I found it fascinating and hope others will do too.


I spent a good half hour some time ago looking through the original version in Borders. I agree with Paul's comments. It is the sort of book which answers lots of questions and educates. Good social history too.
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#6154 helioseism

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:13

Can anyone confirm that the following books either do exist, or were never published? They are listed at the back of "Davidstow - A History Of Cornwall's Formula 1 Race Circuit" by Peter J. Tutthill, published by West Country Motor Books in 1996. Thanks in advance.

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Trengwainton Speed Hillclimb

#6155 PRD

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 06:43

Can anyone confirm that the following books either do exist, or were never published? They are listed at the back of "Davidstow - A History Of Cornwall's Formula 1 Race Circuit" by Peter J. Tutthill, published by West Country Motor Books in 1996. Thanks in advance.

Devon's Motor Industry

Trengwainton Speed Hillclimb


I've got a copy of the Davidstow book, don't know about the others but the Trengwainton one sounds familiar.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 10:24

Can anyone confirm that the following books either do exist, or were never published? They are listed at the back of "Davidstow - A History Of Cornwall's Formula 1 Race Circuit" by Peter J. Tutthill, published by West Country Motor Books in 1996. Thanks in advance.

Devon's Motor Industry

Trengwainton Speed Hillclimb

Neither ever appeared.

In your search for "books that never were", you might find COPAC useful: it's an ever-expanding unified search engine for academic and institutional libraries: among the databases it searches are the five UK copyright deposit libraries (BL, Bodlean, Cambridge, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales).

http://copac.ac.uk/search

If it's not in at least one of those and it was announced by a UK publisher you can be 99.99999% certain it doesn't exist.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 14:31

It's Tom Rubython - need we say more?


I'm not sure that Hunt v Lauda was even the greatest F1 or Motorsport, let alone Sporting, duel, therefore the hyperbole of the title puts me off slighlty.

#6158 Vitesse2

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 15:02

There's a full-page advertisement in today's Autosport for Tom Rubython's latest book, In the Name of Glory: 1976 the Greatest Ever Sporting Duel, apparently on sale from this weekend (but already available from Amazon). As he recently authored a biography of Hunt, I'm wondering if it's just a rehash of the relevant parts of that book, or if it's a genuinely original effort.

Perhaps a bit of a "spoiler" for Ron Howard's forthcoming movie "Rush"?

http://www.thesun.co...-the-movie.html

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 10:33

I've got a copy of the Davidstow book, don't know about the others but the Trengwainton one sounds familiar.


I went to talk that the author gave about ten or twelve years ago and I think that's where my vague memory of the Trengwainton book comes from.

My family moved to Tintagel in 1965 and as a treat Dad used to take us up to the derelict airfield at Davidstow and let us drive his car! Heady stuff for an 11 year old. I know the Camel Vale MC used to hold sprints there, but I'd never heard of it as a serious race circuit until I saw a poster at a Coys Silverstone meeting. There was pretty much zero interest in motor sport when I was at secondary school in Camelford (the nearest town to Davidstow) so there wasn't any "memory" of motor racing events from the 50's. None that reached me anyway!

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 14:52

I'm not sure that Hunt v Lauda was even the greatest F1 or Motorsport, let alone Sporting, duel, therefore the hyperbole of the title puts me off slighlty.


I feel the same way.

It would be great if somebody like David Tremayne or Adam Cooper could write a definitive book about the 1976 season.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 15:14

Eoin Young wrote a pretty good summary..."James Hunt Against All Odds" had lots on it.

#6162 Simon Davis

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 13:50

Maurizio Tabucchi has written a new book about Clemente Biondetti called "CLEMENTE BIONDETTI. UNA STORIA LUNGA CINQUANT’ANNI". Published by Edizione C&C it is only in Italian but there are 312 photos over the 192 pages. It costs 32 Euros. Apparently many of the photos have been sourced from the collection of Biondetti's nephew. Sounds promising.



Further to my previous posting I have received a copy of the above book. The photo reproduction quality is poor but nevertheless there are some rare images which are of interest. The book also features leading Italian racing rivals such as Nuvolari, Varzi, Farina plus some of the minor Italian drivers. All in all a niche book on a rarely-written-about driver at a reasonable price.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 14:05

Has it got a decent pic of the Ferrari-Jag at the 1950 Italian GP?

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 17:03

And does it say anything about this? :)

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 18:13

And does it say anything about this? :)

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http://forums.autosp...showtopic=45949



Vitesse2,

NO!! I contacted Tabucchi in July 2011, to this one--as I haven't found anything in his book.

This is what Tabucchi answered:

''i know nothing of this car mentioned by
Giovannino Lurani, but i am sure that it is not never existed. ''


Best regards Michael

#6166 Simon Davis

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 21:11

Has it got a decent pic of the Ferrari-Jag at the 1950 Italian GP?



No picture from the Italian GP. However, the Ferrari-Jaguar is shown in sports trim (headlights and cycle wings) at the 1951 Giro di Sicilia and Susa-Moncenisio hillclimb.

#6167 Tuboscocca

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 17:15

Autocourse and eBook

Maybe not new:

In Autosport I found an ad of Autocourse: if buying the coming 61st Autocourse from their homepage , they throw in an eBook of the 1971 edition..

More digital versions and how to gain acces on

http://www.autocourse.com/

Best regards

Michael

#6168 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 17:20

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#6169 Tuboscocca

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 18:08

Dallara

There is 'finally' the first book on Dallara!! In Italian and English. Obviously it deals with ALL Dallara activities.


http://www.libreriad...sp?idbook=11823

Can't say anything on the book--just found.

Regards Michael

#6170 David Birchall

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 00:37

I posted this on the Formula Racing Association thread but it occured to me that it should be here too:
http://www.500race.o...th America.html

#6171 Graham Gauld

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:10


My copy of ELva by Janos Wimpffen arrived. It is a monumental piece of work that has taken a good few years to come to fruition.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 20:28

My copy of ELva by Janos Wimpffen arrived. It is a monumental piece of work that has taken a good few years to come to fruition.


Graham:

From a pro such as you, that's high praise. It was good of everyone involved in this long-needed book to invest their time, skills, and money on what will likely be a low-volume (yet long-term) seller. It's available from David Bull Publishing.

Frank

#6173 Tuboscocca

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:55

Ferrari DINO

for the 'deeper pocket brigade'

new Dino Compendium:

http://www.dino-book.com/

The page is at the moment a teaser. The author is a real authority on (street) Dinos

Regards Michael

#6174 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 14:15

Ferrari DINO

for the 'deeper pocket brigade'

new Dino Compendium:

http://www.dino-book.com/

The page is at the moment a teaser. The author is a real authority on (street) Dinos

Regards Michael



Long anticipated.

Edited by Jack-the-Lad, 23 November 2011 - 14:15.


#6175 Tuboscocca

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 14:48

Long anticipated.



Jack, did you (already) know of this project????

Michael

#6176 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 15:14

Jack, did you (already) know of this project????

Michael



Yes, it has been discussed in the Dino forum at www.ferrarichat.com

#6177 Tuboscocca

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 16:03

Yes, it has been discussed in the Dino forum at www.ferrarichat.com

Thanks Jack!
I'm not regularly in ferrarichat...
Regards Michael

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 12:31

As also seen in the Watkins Glen thread:

My sincere congratulations to Michael Argetsinger and publisher David Bull on their nomination for the 2011 Dean Batchelor Award book category with Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix, 1961-1980. Another outstanding effort.

Well done and good luck to all of the nominees.

Dean Batchelor Award Finalists 2011 ...

Motor Press Guild Selects 2011 Dean Batchelor Award Finalists

Established in 1995, the Dean Batchelor Award recognizes excellence in automotive journalism as exemplified by the man it is named after–Dean Batchelor.

The Award singles out individuals demonstrating outstanding achievement in the profession of automotive journalism. Each year MPG presents the Dean Batchelor Award to the journalist judged to have produced the single piece of work which best represents the professional standards and excellence demanded by Dean Batchelor during his life as an editor, writer, and chronicler of the automotive industry.

The winner of each category receives the MPG Best of the Year award in that category. The Dean Batchelor Award is then chosen from among the four category winners.

The 2011 finalists are:

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Jay G. Fitzhugh, "Protesters Sign Here," Rodders Journal, Winter 2010;
Preston Lerner, "Last Call for the Town Car," Automobile Magazine, July 2011
Tom Stahler, "Questor Grand Prix," Vintage Motorsport, July/August 2011

Audio/Visual Category

Todd Deeken & Paul Schmucker, "Chevrolet Volt," Everydaydriver.com, May 24, 2011
Michael Mandt, Neil Mandt & David Houston, "Rolls Royce Ghost," The Car Show, July 13, 2011
Asif Kapadia & Manish Pandey, "Senna," August 12, 2011

Book Category

Michael Argetsinger, Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix, 1961-1980, David Bull Publishing
Stuart Codling, Real Racers, Motorbooks
Janos Wimpffen, Elva, the Cars, the People, the History, David Bull Publishing

Photography Category

Paul Barshon, "Viva Italia," Automobile Magazine, March 2011
Brian Blades, "Absolute Power," Road & Track Magazine, February 2011
Reinhard Klein, "Everybody's a Photographer," Road & Track Magazine, September 2011

The Best of the Year and Batchelor awards are given at the annual awards banquet, this year scheduled for December 13th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

In addition, the Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award, selected separately by the Motor Press Guild Board of Directors, is presented on a case-by-case basis to individuals for outstanding contributions to the automotive communications industry.

The Dean Batchelor Award was first presented posthumously to Dean Batchelor in 1995 for his seminal book on hot rodding, The American Hot Rod, which was published after his death in 1994.

http://www.motorpres...tePageId=130373



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Posted 25 November 2011 - 20:08

Picked up today, 'Porsche And Me', by Hans Mezger with Peter Morgan. For tech buffs a must, for all others wonderful, despite poor picture reproduction.

Edited by continental, 25 November 2011 - 20:10.


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Posted 26 November 2011 - 02:13

Picked up today, 'Porsche And Me', by Hans Mezger with Peter Morgan. For tech buffs a must, for all others wonderful, despite poor picture reproduction.


Continental:

I've been waiting for that book for a long time. Are you in Europe or the US? Where did you buy it?

Thanks,

Frank

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:26

Continental:

I've been waiting for that book for a long time. Are you in Europe or the US? Where did you buy it?

Thanks,

Frank


Hi Frank,

I'm living in the Netherlands and my local bookstore imported it from Chaters' wholesale operation. In places the book reminds me of the 'Gordon Wingrove 917 book' (for which Mezger wrote the foreword). At GBP 45.-- it's quite expensive, but still very worthwhile.

Regards,

Mick



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Posted 26 November 2011 - 17:43

100 years of British Automobile Racing Club

I just found this book:

http://www.thehistor...acing-Club.aspx

Does anyone know this or even has bought already?? Worthwhile??

Many thanks in advance

Michael

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 19:25

100 years of British Automobile Racing Club

I just found this book:

http://www.thehistor...acing-Club.aspx

Does anyone know this or even has bought already?? Worthwhile??

Many thanks in advance

Michael


The synopsis doesn't bode even remotely well: "The BARC were also the first to stage a UK round of the FIA Touring Car series." :rolleyes:

Probably yet another book that leaves you thinking how the hell it got published. I am still annoyed with "The Unfulfilled Dream: The Story of Motor Racing at Aintree" - which is just so annoying I've shredded it!!!

#6184 Vitesse2

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 20:29

The synopsis doesn't bode even remotely well: "The BARC were also the first to stage a UK round of the FIA Touring Car series." :rolleyes:

No doubt the early years will be dismissed in a few pages - the first fifty were pretty well covered by Rodney Walkerley in "Brooklands to Goodwood" though.

#6185 Tuboscocca

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 21:31

No doubt the early years will be dismissed in a few pages - the first fifty were pretty well covered by Rodney Walkerley in "Brooklands to Goodwood" though.



Thanks MCS and Vitesse2 for saving my money!!
IMHO (MCS) the Aintreebook is not SO bad

Regards Michael

#6186 MCS

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 21:43

Thanks MCS and Vitesse2 for saving my money!!
IMHO (MCS) the Aintreebook is not SO bad

Regards Michael


The Aintree book spends more time in most of the main chapters outlining the Grand Prix season (elsewhere, obviously) than events at Aintree, which are, in any case, just regurgitated race reports from the weeklies of the day. Absolutely atrocious (in my view).


#6187 PRD

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 17:30

I keep getting adverts for JYS' Collage book on my FB page.

http://www.genesis-p...d-edition-book/

I'm also getting the "what would you like for Christmas?" from the better half :kiss: , so what's the consensus-worth getting?

#6188 Mark Godfrey

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 22:23

Reading between the lines, this appears to be a biography of the semi-fictionalized, dramatized variety, containing accounts of conversations and encounters which "could" have occurred. Descriptions such as "a vivid and atmospheric recreation" make me think the author will play a bit fast and loose with the facts and not let them get in the way of a good story.

Still, I could stand an entertaining read and the subject matter is square in the middle of my area of interest. I ordered my copy a few days ago and it should arrive later this week!


My copy of "The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One's Most Dangerous Era" by Michael Cannell happened to arrive the day of the Phil Hill tribute diner at the Petersen Museum. (There I asked Derek Hill if he was familiar with the book, he indicated he was contacted early on, but wound up not being involved in the book.) The author did interview a number of people including journalists Denis McCluggage & Robert Daley, racer Bruce Kessler, and Peter Collins' widow Louise King. The author also made great use of material previously published in English and German language periodicals & books, as well as an audio interview done by Bill Pollack with Phil Hill in 2001. The notation of direct quotes are well handled, unobtrusive yet extensive. The back matter also includes a very complete index. The few photos are reproduced in a limited tonal range and provide atmosphere, but are not what we would typically see in a book dealing with auto racing. The writing leans decidedly toward the vivid and atmospheric and at times it is apparent the author cast himself against type in writing a book about racing. As the publisher of the 2nd edition of "Phil Hill: Yankee Champion" by William F. Nolan, I was glad to see some information not readily known about Phil Hill. As an English language reader, I was glad to see any information of Wolfgang von Trips.

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#6189 continental

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 22:29

I keep getting adverts for JYS' Collage book on my FB page.

http://www.genesis-p...d-edition-book/

I'm also getting the "what would you like for Christmas?" from the better half :kiss: , so what's the consensus-worth getting?



I have it. It's very nicely produced, but also quite expensive for the offered contents.

Top of my list would be ELVA, by Wimpffen.

Regards,

Mick

#6190 West3

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 08:56

Hi Mark,

Suppose I might as well jump in here with a few trivial opinions.

Having finished the book last week, I must say I have mixed impressions about it. I found it extremely readable and engrossing as it follows the early lives and careers of a couple of legends. Though I was pretty familiar with the circumstances and events, there were many factoids and personal vignettes that I'd never known or had forgotten. The collections of quotes from the many and sundry characters of the time really brought the story to life, particularly Phil Hill's articulate, dark, dry humor, which is something to savor. I had feared the book would take too many liberties with the facts, but with 21 pages encompassing over 450 reference notes, well I suppose one could say it's as accurate as the source material. And I have no reason to doubt any of that.

The information on von Tripps background and upbringing was fascinating too and most of it I was previously unaware.

My gripes are that at times it depicts events in a sensationalized and needlessly grisly manner, jumps around a bit chronologically, gets some technical facts and events humorously wrong and, unfortunately, sometimes reads a bit like a Hollywood blockbuster script.

Even so, it brought to mind Robert Daley's other book "The Cruel Sport" which I think has a great number of similarities in its general tone.

Overall I'd say it's probably a book for the anorak to avoid, but recommended for someone who would like to immerse themselves in an evocative tale over a few cold winter's nights.

-Will


My copy of "The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One's Most Dangerous Era" by Michael Cannell happened to arrive the day of the Phil Hill tribute diner at the Petersen Museum. (There I asked Derek Hill if he was familiar with the book, he indicated he was contacted early on, but wound up not being involved in the book.) The author did interview a number of people including journalists Denis McCluggage & Robert Daley, racer Bruce Kessler, and Peter Collins' widow Louise King. The author also made great use of material previously published in English and German language periodicals & books, as well as an audio interview done by Bill Pollack with Phil Hill in 2001. The notation of direct quotes are well handled, unobtrusive yet extensive. The back matter also includes a very complete index. The few photos are reproduced in a limited tonal range and provide atmosphere, but are not what we would typically see in a book dealing with auto racing. The writing leans decidedly toward the vivid and atmospheric and at times it is apparent the author cast himself against type in writing a book about racing. As the publisher of the 2nd edition of "Phil Hill: Yankee Champion" by William F. Nolan, I was glad to see some information not readily known about Phil Hill. As an English language reader, I was glad to see any information of Wolfgang von Trips.

Mark Godfrey
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#6191 Alan Cox

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:45

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If you only want one book, they are offering 40% off for internet orders.
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#6192 Roger Clark

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 15:06

No doubt the early years will be dismissed in a few pages - the first fifty were pretty well covered by Rodney Walkerley in "Brooklands to Goodwood" though.

Perhaps the Club picked the wrong author, for it has been said that Rodney Walkerley is a good journalist but no historian. Certainly chaps like Macbeth and Boddy had to vet the text with their fine-tooth combs to rid it of many errors and we believe the publication date was a little delayed in consequence. In the opinion of this reviewer it would not have mattered very much had it been postponed indefinitely.--B. J.

From the Motor Sport review of "Brooklands to Goodwood" Feb 1962. I don't know who BJ was.

#6193 rolf123

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 15:18

Martin Hines' autobio (hardback) is available in my local Poundland, maybe elsewhere too.

#6194 Mark Godfrey

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 19:50

Will, though I wrote of some positive points of "The Limit" I agree with your current assessment.

My gripes are that at times it depicts events in a sensationalized and needlessly grisly manner, jumps around a bit chronologically, gets some technical facts and events humorously wrong and, unfortunately, sometimes reads a bit like a Hollywood blockbuster script.

Indeed the movie rights were optioned in 2009, before the book was completed.

To read more on the book, the author, and Michael T. Lynch's review and Errata Sheet of corrections see http://www.velocetoday.com/

Mark
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#6195 Allan Lupton

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 21:14

Martin Hines' autobio (hardback) is available in my local Poundland, maybe elsewhere too.

Who he?

#6196 Roger Clark

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 00:30

From the Motor Sport review of "Brooklands to Goodwood" Feb 1962. I don't know who BJ was.

D. W. Benkinson-Joddy?

#6197 Alan Cox

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 13:51

Who he?

http://forums.autosp...hl=martin hines

#6198 PRD

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 17:29

From the Bonhams Auction, a few interesting prices paid

http://www.bonhams.c.../results/19293/

#6199 Allan Lupton

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 21:41

http://forums.autosp...hl=martin hines

Thank you Alan. I wondered if I was supposed to have heard of him, and you have confirmed that I was not, as I have never had any interest in gocarts or their people.

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#6200 GrumpyOldMan

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 22:21

There's a full-page advertisement in today's Autosport for Tom Rubython's latest book, In the Name of Glory: 1976 the Greatest Ever Sporting Duel, apparently on sale from this weekend (but already available from Amazon). As he recently authored a biography of Hunt, I'm wondering if it's just a rehash of the relevant parts of that book, or if it's a genuinely original effort.


I was silly enough to buy this - avoid like the plague!!

Rubython seems almost obsessed by Hunt & the triangle between Hunt (whom he has written a biography on), his soon-to-be ex-wife & Richard Burton (whom he has also written a biography on). Maybe he saw this as an opportunity to display his knowledge on this "important" issue in the battle for the 1976 F1 World Championship :rolleyes: . Meanwhile, the sum total of his "insight" into Lauda appears to be lifted verbatim from "To Hell & Back". So this is hardly an even-handed treatment of the main protagonists.

It's also telling that there is no bibliography, which I think is unique in any biography I have ever read. That really should have warned me...

The level of pro-British Hunt/anti-foreigner Lauda bias is staggering (The British GP crowd are almost commended for throwing missiles on to the track, whilst the Italian GP crowd are lambasted for daring to spit on Hunt. Lauda is strongly criticised for the way he breaks up with one girlfriend, yet Hunt's serial infidelity if presented as cold fact without any comment. Lauda is described as being "high on painkillers" at the Spanish GP, yet Hunt was simply "given" pain-killing injections for the US GP), never mind the fact that it is frequently contradictory (he claims in the Foreward that Lauda DIDN'T lose the championship because of his accident, yet later in the narrative he confirms this is indeed almost certainly the case) and the proof-reading is non-existent - the results for the Japanese GP tell us that Hunt was driving a Tyrrell-Ford P34, as was Jochen Mass! Not only that, but Alan Jones was driving a McLaren-Surtees & Ertl was driving a "Hesketh-Ford-Ford" - amazing that Ertl didn't manage to win the race having the benefit of 2 engines!

He also claims that Lauda's helmet was wrenched off in the accident due to him having added extra foam padding. This may or may not be true, but it is presented as fact in the narrative without any backup from any learned authority. He then also accuses Daily Express journalist David Benson of being "probably part of a cover up to hide what really happened"! By this stage, I began to wonder if this was written whilst wearing a tinfoil hat. Unforgivably, he then twists this into an excuse to blame Lauda for the injuries he received in the crash.

Equally surprising is his presentation of the exact cause of Lauda's crash (almost down to the corner where the original component failure was allegedly caused), which is revelatory since Ferrari have never published any full results of their own investigation. How can he be so sure of the cause, when no-one else is? Where is his research, his evidence, corroboration of these "facts"?

I could go on, but you get the picture. Easily the most poorly-researched, biased book on F1 I have ever had the misfortune to read.