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Burning Rubber: The Extraordinary Story of Formula One [Format Kindle]

Charles Jennings

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In Burning Rubber, Charles Jennings tells the fast and furious tale of motor sport's premier competition, from its earliest roots in the suicidal road races of the Edwardian age to the brave new world of Hamilton, Button, Alonso and Vettel in the 2000s. In a narrative bristling with anecdote and incident, he explores the lost world of the 1950s racetrack, the rise of British constructors in the 1960s, the impact of technological changes from the late 1970s, the advent of the high-profile team boss in the 1980s and the revolution wrought on Formula One by computers in the 1990s.

Throughout, sparkling and incisive profiles shed revelatory light on the drivers who have risked life and limb: the brilliant but inscrutable Juan Manuel Fangio, the ebullient Stirling Moss, the champagne-gargling James Hunt, the cerebral Alain Prost and mercurial Ayrton Senna, the adenoidal Nigel Mansell, the metronomic Michael Schumacher, the precocious Lewis Hamilton and the reborn Jenson Button.

Burning Rubber takes the reader on a white-knuckle drive through the bends, straights, chicanes and pit stops of Formula One's chequered history.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1044 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 337 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1849160929
  • Editeur : Quercus (4 février 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004XHMMI4
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35 internautes sur 40 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Biased British view of F1 7 février 2012
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And definitely DON'T buy if you are a Senna fan.
Touches on most classic historical F1 moments, but really trashed Senna pretty badly. Apparently Senna was so rotten that even when Schumacher ran people off the track it was Senna's fault. And when any British driver did anything wrong it is just that "boys will be boys" and they were old school hard cases. Even Senna's death was downplayed, where the author apparently single-handedly decided it was driver error, dismissing the commonly accepted explanation of a broken steering shaft.
I wish I hadn't spent my money, hope this saves someone else from doing so.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lot of interesting info but snarky and cynical 3 janvier 2013
Par Kerry O'Shea - Publié sur
You will finish this book knowing a lot more about F1 racing, but feeling a bit less interested in it. Although I'm sure he's a nice guy, the author somehow reminds me of a pub bore who genuinely knows his stuff and is eager to impress you with his inside knowledge, but lost his own passion for the subject a long time ago. As the description of a cynic goes, he seems to know the price of everything but the value of nothing. F1's real base is England, sure, but the book is still too UK-centric in its perspective. Despite all that, this is not a bad book. It compresses a lot of Grand Prix history well into a fairly fast, easy read, and contains some interesting and very original insights. I got something out of it, I just didn't really like the tone. Although if you're tired of glossy, lightweight, sycophantic or just plain ill-informed coverage of F1, this is probably the perfect antidote.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting read 4 août 2012
Par Mike Metheny - Publié sur
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It covers Formula 1 from its modest beginnings to modern day, where teams spend millions in search of the perfect car. A must read for any fan of road racing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great overview of Formula 1 at it's best and worst 28 novembre 2011
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This is a brief but very interesting overview of how Formula One has developed over the last 60 years. Although it left me wanting more information, especially about some of the early years, it did keep me interested. I have followed Formula One since I was a kid (some 50 years) but was unaware of many of the behind-the-scenes things that were going on then. As Jennings says "Formula One racing was only a footnote in American newspapers and any information more than who won or wrecked was almost unavailable". As in all sports, money has become the predominate factor in racing today and it certainly leaves me yearning for the early years when the drivers guts and abilities were the dominate feature of Grand Prix racing. That said, TV broadcasting of the races has made the most significant changes and that's the part I love about it now. So I guess I'm one of the millions who have brought about the changes that I don't like. I think anyone who has any interest in Formula One racing and it's participants can't help but enjoy this book!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 burning rubber 27 mars 2013
Par donald rasile - Publié sur
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At 65 years of age, I have enjoyed Formula 1 racing for much of its official existence. However, this author has entertained me with subtle insights from many perspectives. Drivers, Designers, Owners, Sponsors,
all tell their own stories without really speaking. Mr. Jennings does it quite well for all of them.
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