The Book You Must Read!

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The Book You Must Read!

Post by Henrik on Wed Aug 04 2010, 10:02

We all seem to be a bit nostalgic about the former glory that was F1, and we are all more or less bitching about the current state of affairs. Basically we are mostly old farts nostalgic about the "good old days", and we go on and on about the scandals and cheating that has been going on in F1.

Well, Greg's best friend from her F1 days who worked with McLaren for some 30 odd years has now finally published a book with his story of all these years. I know Greg often tried to convince Bob (McMurray) to write such a book because of all his experience and the stuff he knew, and I am sure that this helped in getting him to actually do so. Oh, and he had a clause with Ron Dennis for a long time stopping him from publishing such a book...

Anyway, I have not yet read the book myself, but knowing Bob this is just a book all you guys MUST read. Seriously, having had a number of conversations with the man, I always wanted to hear more. It's like as if one of us had worked for 30 years in F1 (and the 30 years we all love and miss), knew all the stuff that went on behind the scenes, and then wrote a book to tell it.

Now I don't know if the book is for sale in the US yet, but you can always order it from here:

http://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Behind-the-Pit-Wall-The-Bob-McMurray-Story/6700422/


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Post by pabs on Wed Aug 04 2010, 14:38

Great tip, Henrik. Will certainly look for it.

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Post by PLAYLIFE on Thu Aug 05 2010, 02:16

Excellent, love reading these kind of books, thanks for the tip.

Not sure if it's been mentioned here before, but will do so anyway, a2 of the better books I've read recently are:

- Life at the Limit (Prof. Sid Watkins). An account of F1 from his perspective. Really mind boggling how poor safety was even as late as the 80s. Also some insight into some of the more horrific accidents and scenes he faced, Martin Donnelly and Ayrton Senna in particular (intersting how Senna was present at Donnelly's crash).

- Crashed and Byrned (Tommy Byrne). 'The greatest racing driver you never saw'. Cleaned up in the lower formulae and had his big chance with a McLaren test drive which was 'fixed' because he didn't fit their image. He lapped quicker than the other young testers despite McLaren slowing his car. A real talent lost.
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