[Epub] Burning Rubber By Charles Jennings – serv3.3pub.co.uk

[Epub] Burning Rubber By Charles Jennings – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❰Read❯ ➭ Burning Rubber Author Charles Jennings – Serv3.3pub.co.uk A fully updated turbo charged account of 60 years of Formula One endangering the lives of its drivers and thrilling its fans since 1950  Viewed rationally of course there was something not uite r A fully updated turbo charged account of years of Formula One endangering the lives of its drivers and thrilling its fans since   Viewed rationally of course there was something not uite right about Gilles Villeneuve This is true of many if not all top sportsman one way or another but in Villeneuve's case it is hard to escape the conclusion that he was a natural both in the sense that he was naturally gifted as a driver; and that bits of his personality were defective or had simply gone missingA white knuckle drive through the bends straights chicanes and pit stops of Formula One's checkered history this is the fast and dangerous story of motor sport's premier competition It explores the lost world of the s racetrack the irresistible rise of British constructors in the s the impact of technological changes from the late s the advent of the high profile team boss in the s and the revolution wrought on the sport by computers in the s Throughout there are memorable profiles of the drivers who have risked life and limb on circuits from Monte Carlo to Monza—the ebullient Stirling Moss the champagne gargling James Hunt the cerebral Prost and the mercurial Senna whose combined brilliance was exceeded only by their mutual loathing the adenoidal Nigel Mansell the metronomic Michael Schumacher the precocious Lewis Hamilton and the reborn Jenson Button.

10 thoughts on “Burning Rubber

  1. Chris Chris says:

    This book is SO close to being an absolute must for all sports fans let alone motorsportF1 fans to read but for a fatal and unforgiveable amount of errors in itThe book starts off well It gives a brief histroy of each turbulent decade throughout the history of F1 and before and spends the odd chapter here and there focussing on a certain driver such as James Hunt or on rivalries between two drivers such as Senna v Prost But the you read the you wish the book was just well really There are entire seasons not mentioned legendary drivers who have only a fleeting mention both of these seem to feature unfortunately around Mika Hakkinen and his title winning seasons of 1998 1999 of which only a couple very brief sentances cover Hakkinen's titles whereas the focus of these years is on Schumacher re building Ferrari2005 is only mentioned as a 'flashback' of sorts barely detailing the rise rebirth of Renault and the emergence of Fernando AlonsoHowever a book can only be so long and when covering the history of an entire sport and a sport such as F1 in particular must focus on certain things or risk doing justice to nothing at all It's just a shame the book wasn't another 20 pages long in order to ensure that these chapters of the history of F1 were coveredWhere this book lets itself down though is in the research Or maybe precisely the fact checking There are countless errors the ones that stand out the most areDetailing that Senna hit Prost at turn 1 in Suzuka in 1991 when both drivers were still driving for McLaren then a paragraph later saying that Prost had been uite correctly driving a Ferrari in 1991 Nigel Mansell winning his title in 1994 Then a few pages later correctly saying that he had won his title in 1992Saying that Silverstone is in Leicestershire when it's in Northamptonshire or Buckinghamshire depending on what part of the circuit you're standing on These are small things but small facts and inconsistencies that should have been picked up during the proof reading of the material before going to press Whether these have been altered in subseuent editions I have no idea however there were many similar silly little errors dotted throughout the bookThese things are compounded by the authors far too often use of French to give 'gravitas' to his book It was as though he was writing a book for sports fans who happened to have a masters from Cambridge The all too often use was unnecessary and clunkyThe book is by no means a disaster or a failure It's a very good read for F1 fans and motorsport fans alike For both the casual viewr or like me the die hard fan But because of it's minor but often issues it will probably never become a must read for sports fans in general Shame really Because it started so well and had so much potential In a way it's like the history of F1 littered with teams and drivers who were so close yet not uite close enough

  2. Paul Paul says:

    Whilst I enjoyed this it a a broad brush history of F1 compressed into just under 300 pages Jennings picks up on some details but doesn't always expand on the really interesting bitsI read the updated version but it skates over the recent history of F1 where we have 6 world champions in the runningRead if you're a F1 fan leave if not

  3. John Parker John Parker says:

    The perfect book for any newly obsessed fan of Formula One Dry Wikipedia articles and RacingReference stats can only go so far This scratches the itch if you're looking for a good general history of F1

  4. Dane Sørensen Dane Sørensen says:

    Motorsport history is traditionally a pretty dry subject but not this time There are only two books on Formula 1 that I would recommend to the ordinary non obsessed reader this one and Formula 1 The Autobiography And of the two this is the one I'd keep handy in the bathroomWhat Charles Jennings has done is collate all the driver biographies and team boss memoirs from the last sixty years basically the combined back catalogues of Gerald Donaldson and Karl Ludvigsen and condensed them into one highly readable volume It's all in there the grand years of Juan Manuel Fangio; Stirling Moss and the rise of the garagistes; the ascendancy of Jim Clark and Lotus; Fittipaldi Lauda Hunt and the 70's; the cataclysmic personal rivalries of the 80's; the commercial and technological takeover of the 90's; and the epoch of Michael SchumacherCompressing sixty years into 315 pages means much is abbreviated obviously multi faceted events and complex personalities are ground down to stereotyped caricatures of themselves and that's okay Including every nuance would have resulted in a book massive than that Wikipedia hardcopy an unreadable mess with no story you know like real life But Jennings wisely sacrificed detail and subtle truthiness for readability and the resulting tone is almost like a Cracked article minus the swearing and endless gangsta rap references making it ideal for getting some motor racing history in front of Millennial revheads That also means it's probably the most uotable book on this subject ever written Jennings says for example not only was Enzo Ferrari never seen without his Mafia Don sunglasses he gave the impression that he might even wear them in bed just to intimidate the dark Or of the switch to corner hugging mid engined cars The world of Fangio and Farina and González real tough guys who sat up and hurled big brutal cars into four wheel power slides their wrestlers’ arms working banging the gearchange around as if unblocking a drain all that was suddenly history Or of Denis Jenkinson's helpless admiration for Gille Villeneuve Such was the power of Villeneuve bearded men fell in love with himThe crowning paragraph of this book however is a musing on the nature of Formula 1 fandom itself the weird combination of cynical amusement and wide eyed passion it seems to generate That's why this book is so good it asks that uestion of why we who are stuck halfway between idealism and the real world love this overpriced overcomplicated elitist technosport and comes up with the answer that sport or no sport this thing we call Formula 1 is awesomeDon't believe us? Here's its story Read it

  5. Nilesh Nilesh says:

    The book is a good history of the journey of Formula 1 The book is important to understand the course of the sport till 1980's from where on we have documentaries and other images which are known to everyone with an interest in this sport Reading the book one does understand that the author has a huge soft corner towards Brit teams and Brit drivers and is elouent in his praises However his dislike for some recent legends Senna and Schumacher of the sport are surprising It is difficult to support a person who dislikes Schumacher and criticizes his attitude to driving and life Being introduced to the sport the height of FerrariSchumacher's dominance it is uite hard to believe the author His reaction to Senna is also surprising However if one understands the author's biases towards racersteams post 1980 then I believe that it is a good book to understand the evolution of F1 racing It is uite hard to believe the stresses and strains the drivers had to face regarding the reliability issues of the car at high speeds in fast circuits like the NurburgringOld layout and Monza for example One really understands that there is nothing a driver could do if any parts of the cardriveshaft wheel steering breaks at 200 250 kmphThe sheer number of driver accidents leading to deaths makes us understand the immense improvements that the technology has made in just making the cars reliable

  6. Patrick Patrick says:

    I'm not uite sure who this is really aimed at As a series of short character studies of key players in F1 history it's actually uite well written and engaging though not so general as to be likely to much interest the non fan It's unlikely though to tell the genuine motorsport fan anything he doesn't already know And the errors are grating Some of them are forgivable the 1957 Pescara GP was not as the author suggests a non championship race Others might be simply typos I hope someone writing a book about F1 would do enough research to know that Senna did not drive for Lotus in the mid 90s by which time both Senna and Lotus were no Others though are just embarrassing F1 stopped going to the Nordschliefe in the 80s? And Prost uit Mclaren at the end of the 1990 F1 season? I know I'm sounding like one of these beardy anorak flavoured people but if you're going to publish a book and certainly a book on something you are clearly not an expert on get someone to do a basic proof reading job first

  7. Azmi Azmi says:

    I'm wordless trying to describe the beauty of this book that it is The opening story start with the history of motorsport seems a bit bland at first and you have yet know what is coming It touched me emotionally and some parts generate the adrenaline but I couldn't find any comical portion pointed by some readers The writer talks about all interesting events occured through Formula 1 although the chapter about the 2009 season was written sloppily for I think it can be written as good as the season isThe bits about what went behind the TV screen established this book as a keeper Damn those who let go of this book The plot was arranged in a smooth flow without interrupting the timeframe The language used prevent readers from getting boring Words are seldom repeated vast vocabulary And there are so much information and story that you couldn't find on the internetI'm just wordless Go read it yourself

  8. Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell says:

    Great book that doesn't bog down in trivial detail Pick up the many themes and defining points in Formula 1 and confirms that F1 is the peak of all sports which effects our everyday livesIt does however highlight one thing for meThe modern day drivers since Schumacher and Hakkinen have introduced a young bred of drivers with little mastery of many of the overall reuirements to rival that of Senna or Schumacher leading to falling viewers worldwide and aggressive marketing for ticket sales at eventsOne thing for certain though a sport at its pinnacle needs constant change effective management and the return of fan involvement for it remain as such in the coming decadesThis book very clearly outlines the history of F1 a timely reminder of the way forward after the vacuum created in 2006

  9. Hal Hal says:

    If you're a real big fan of Formula One racing fan you might enjoy this book I'm a big fan getting up all hours of the night or early am to watch the races whether in Kuala Lampur or in Monaco It'd be hard to take such an exciting sport and make it boring But this writer didHis biases for and against certain drivers were transparent and turned me offOne problem the fault of the publisher and not the writer is that though the book is heavily illustrated the pictures can't be viewed in the e book edition

  10. Riccardo Paterni Riccardo Paterni says:

    A decent introduction to Formula 1 for anybody not familiar with the roots and developments of the sport At times it becomes laughable for the patched up information half truths and marked biases for sure the author is not a Senna fun Overall the somewhat brief overview of 60 years of Formula 1 allows to make some interesting connections and observations that help to understand why F1 got the way that it is now and what could become of it in the future

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