Book Review: Behind the Scenes in Motor Racing by Anthony Howard

 

 
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Title: Behind the Scenes in Motor Racing
 
Author: Anthony Howard
 
Photography: Various (including LAT Photographic and John Townsend)
 
Publisher: Partridge Press
 
ISBN: 185-225-1824
 
Year/Edition: 1992
 
# of pages: 143
 
Photos: color
 
Cover: hardcover
 
Size: 22cm (W) x 29.5cm (L) x 2cm (thick)
 
Weight: 950g
 
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Good insight into car preparation and strategy

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None, although studies an F3 team rather than an F1 team


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Posted November 2, 2012 by

 
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My last post on the Williams FW14 diecast comparison, reminded me of a very nice cut-away drawing in Anthony Howard’s “Behind the Scenes in Motoring Racing”.  This old 1992 book is showing its age but is still relevant today. It was written from a unique perspective of how motor racing teams operated in the 90s – from driver selection, sponsorship, team personnel, chassis design, engine, tyres, testing, race tactics to starting grid preparations.

The only other books with similar content that I know of are probably the Williams Renault Formula 1 Racing Book and Gerald Donaldson’s TeamWork.

James Hunt has written the foreword and the rest of the book is divided into chapters covering different aspects of race team management. Howard was given access to the West Surrey Racing F3 team with Mika Hakkinen to give a real life context to putting together a race team.

The best parts of the book are the actual insights into the design and engineering aspects – chassis, engine, brakes, tyres, etc. and race preparation including testing and qualifying. The book tries to give a quick layman’s introduction to some of the technical stuff like telemetry and race tactics.

There a plenty of good color photos from that era and many great shots of Hakkinen’s Ralt Mugen Honda F3 car too.

 

Wow Factor or the Money Shot: Not your average F1 book – by covering most aspects of motor racing team management (using Hakkinen’s 1990 F3 season as an example) it is written from a unique perspective. Great engine shots – The engine section is better than many of the more expensive books. Mika’s qualifying report sheet at Snetterton 1990. Tom Mathews’ cutaway drawing of the FW14B of course.

 

Suitable for: Fans of early 90’s F1 and Mika Hakkinen fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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One Comment


  1.  

    This is a great book passing under the radar, now seen to be a great insight on early 90’s motorsport and real history, increasingly valuable snapshot of the time. I return to this for research and pleasure quite often.





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