I went traipsing through the Sydney CBD on the weekend, and visited the 2nd-hand bookselling institution, Berkelouws on my journey.
I hadn’t been there for some years, but was delighted I did make a visit this time when I found a copy of Jacques Deschenaux’s Marlboro Grand Prix Guide 1950-1995 and the self-authored Murray Walker’s Grand Prix Year, with his analysis of the 1987 Formula 1 season.
Deschenaux’s Grand Prix Guide is a bilingual French-English bible of F1. At over 1000 pages, it is officially the largest book in my collection, summarising every race result, constructor and driver profile, and all manner of statistics you would possibly wish to consider. It is a monumental work and a true labour of love from the author. I can guarantee you that if you’re a stats nut like me, you will love this book.
After buying these books, I sat down a read Murray Walker’s Grand Prix Year from cover to cover in a matter of a few hours. It is an excellent analysis of the 1987 season won by Nelson Piquet, and contains a wealth of beautiful photos and insightful analysis of each grand prix weekend. Particularly pleasing is his own nutshell summary of each team and driver performance from each Grand Prix, and it is great to see that he discusses the battles and issues all the way through the field, and not just limited to what happened at the pointy end of the field like many other works do.