David Coulthard: In the Wheeltracks of Legends, by Jim Dunn
Paperback, © 1997 Haynes, ISBN 9781859604069

David Coulthard: In the Wheeltracks of LegendsJim Dunn regards David Coulthard to be one of the most honest, straightforward drivers he has ever met.

He describes the trials and triumphs of Coulthard’s debut seasons, from entering Formula One, first as a test driver for Williams, to his promotion to race driver following the untimely death of Ayrton Senna, to his maiden win in Formula One at the 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix.

Coulthard’s first taste of speed and power was in the family paddock where he and his big brother played with motorcycles their father had bought for them. When David expressed interest in karting, his parents Duncan and Joyce had no trouble supporting him.

Dunn follows Coulthard’s successful career in karts, where he raced with fellow Scotsman, Allan McNish, who was the driver to beat in karts and always seemed to be one step ahead of him – McNish also makes small contributions to the book.

Dunn then tracks Coulthard’s progress to when he first started with Paul Stewart Racing in Formula 3000 where he also held a test driver role with Williams.

David Coulthard, 1995Accompanying the book is some great photographs, ranging from Coulthard’s karting days to taking the chequered flag for his first Grand Prix win with McLaren.

As detailed as Jim Dunn writes, I felt like the timeline bounced around too much. One point Dunn will be talking about Coulthard’s 1990 season and then all of a sudden we’re talking about his first drive for McLaren.

Also sometimes the wording felt a bit clustered. I sometimes read certain sentences where Dunn had tried to include too much information for one sentence; luckily this didn’t happen too often. These minor problems aren’t too noticeable in an otherwise great book, full of information and attention to detail to Coulthard’s career.

Dunn cannot speak highly enough of Coulthard and if you’re a fan, there’s no doubt you will enjoy reading about his very successful career in this title.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award David Coulthard: In the Wheeltracks of Legends


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