I had the great pleasure of visiting Wheels Automotive Bookstore in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta today, and picked up a couple of great F1 titles to add to my continually expanding F1 collection!
Christopher Hilton’s latest Ayrton Senna biography (rather obviously) entitled Memories & Mementoes From A Life Lived At Full Speed has only recently been published and released, and it is completely different to any other Senna biography past or present. This is almost a folio of the great driver’s life, containing individual copies of many letter, awards and artefacts from the three-time world champion’s career.
I’ve searched high and low for my next purchase without having to resort to paying a ridiculous price on eBay, and I was in raptures to find this gem of a book on the shelves. Simon Vigar’s Forza Minardi! chronicles the 21-year history of the Italian Minardi team in particularly good detail, and is a great example of a specialist publication concentrating on a very specialist aspect of a subject.
It contains countless photos from the team’s history, and quite detailed summaries of each season in which the team participated. My one criticism would be that the period of 1994-2000 seems to be written with much more brevity than the other chapters, but the author has succeeded in interviewing a lot of key personnel and former drivers in the process of writing the book. It is truly a refreshing and insightful read into the team’s history, and if you are a true fan of the sport, then I’d strongly encourage you hunt down a copy of this book.
I also found this excellent encyclopaedia by Alan Henry called Formula One: Driver By Driver, published in 1991, which chronicles each F1 driver to have ever competed in F1 in the modern era. Henry is one of the most esteemed F1 writers, and this book carries his usual attention to detail alongside his wry (but fair) observations as to driver’s skills or lack thereof!
Although Wheels Automotive Books’ website is still in development, it already contains an enormous catalogue of books, videos, DVDs, pictures and other treasures that will occupy you for hours. The staff are as excellent as the prices, and it is always a pleasure to deal with them.