I actually received the second edition of The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One as a Christmas present over ten years’ ago, and it was one of the the first Formula 1 books to start off my collections of F1 books that now spans over 50 titles and counting.

I only just received the first edition (reviewed here) some weeks’ ago, and is sequel carries many of the forebears of the original, parent edition, written and edited by Bruce Jones.

Looking back on some of the books I’ve amassed over the years, this series was undoubtedly one of my favourite books and I read it cover-to-cover more times than I’d dare to remember.

Perhaps the term “ultimate” – and I’m saying this when compared with similar magnums written by Jones at a later date – is a little ambitious, but this well-illustrated and very accurate volume contains all of the core statistics and stories one would hope to find in a Formula 1 encyclopaedia.

What is most pleasing is that it’s easily geared for the more casual or introductory F1 fan, and it is easy to read and not overly technical in its style.

Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula 1 (First Edition)

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One: The Definitive Illustrated Guide to Grand Prix Motor Racing (1st edition)

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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One: The Definitive Illustrated Guide to Grand Prix Motor Racing (1995, © Carlton Books, ISBN 1 86309 092 4) is available from Amazon.com

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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