Autocourse (2011-2012)Autocourse Annual (2011-2012), edited  by Simon Arron 
Hardcover, © 2012 Icon Publishing, ISBN 9781905334612

The famous Autocourse annual continues to be regarded as the definitive account of the motorsport year, and the 2011 edition is certainly no exception.

Edited by leading F1 journalist Simon Arron, with the additional support of veteran writers Mark Hughes, Alan Henry and Maurice Hamilton, it has been long established as a genuine collector’s item.

Autocourse has an unrivalled heritage which is recognised by the entire motorsport community, and it’s hard not to see why.

The main focus is, of course, the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship season, a year dominated by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing in a manner that hasn’t been witnessed for close to a decade.

Each of the year’s races are given painstaking coverage and beautifully photographed by the best agency lensmen in the business, with all of the facts, figures and trivia items for the true F1 fan.

The book’s ‘Top 10 Drivers’ section always courts controversy. This year’s will be no exception and the naysayers will again complain that the nominees and rankings are not narrowed down objectively enough. So be it…

On the plus side, there’s good focus given to the supporting series’ that serve as the stepladder to F1, including the GP2 and GP3 Series’, as well as the FIA Formula 2 championship, Formula 3 series’ from across Europe and the WSR title fight.

The book also heads offshore to cover the American racing scene (with a fitting tribute to the late Dan Wheldon), and it gives focus to the Le Mans Racing championships and a host of GT and touring car titles as well.

Given a retail price of $AU125.00, it will remain out of reach of the everyday fan, but it’s certainly a value-for-money proposition when you consider the quality and depth of the work on display.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Autocourse (2011-2012)

 

OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE.

Autocourse (2011-2012) is available at specialist bookstores. Our review copy was supplied to us by Renniks Publications.

Renniks Publications

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