Working the Wheel

Martin Brundle collaborated with esteemed journalist Maurice Hamilton to bring out Working the Wheel, detailing the sheer adrenaline rush of motor racing as told by one of motorsport’s best commentators.

Interweaving his motorsport experiences and anecdotal accounts through the book, Martin gives a thoroughly detailed – but not overly technical – account of driving some of the world’s best motor racing circuits, all from the view of the cockpit.

The reader is transformed into the role of the driver, and Martin’s visceral descriptions will give you the closest description to lapping these tracks yourself.

Great race tracks such as Monaco, Spa Francorchamps, Monza, Le Mans and Silverstone are lovingly and painstakingly described. Additionally, circuits that I wouldn’t necessarily consider as being “great” per se – Detroit and Jacarepagua, for example – are included because of their significance in Martin’s career.

There is perhaps a slight tendency for certain sections to appear a little repetitive, simply on account of the chapters being split into the various circuits being profiled, but it’s a minor issue for the reader.

Rarely is an autobiographical motorsport account written with such candour and good humour, but Martin’s trademark style is evident throughout this very enjoyable book and one that I’m delighted to have as part of my bookshelf collection.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Working The Wheel…

Working the Wheel (© 2004, Elbury Press, hardcover edition) is available at

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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.