Book Review: The Formula One Miscellany by John White



Title: The Formula One Miscellany
Author: John White
Photography: n/a
Publisher: Carlton Books
ISBN: 978-1-84442-095-7
Year/Edition: 2007
# of pages: 158
Photos: none
Cover: hardcover
Size: 12cm (W) x 19cm (L) x 2cm (thick)
Weight: 250g



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Small F1 trivia booklet


No photos

Posted August 10, 2012 by

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I stumbled across John White’s The Formula One Miscellany in the bargain shelf of a local bookstore. This book appealed to me mainly because I am a sucker for any well bound hardcover book with a good dust jacket and ribbon bookmark. The addition of Stirling Moss’ and Mark Webber’s recommendation quotes inside also made me curious. So is it worth reading or buying?

The Formula One Miscellany is a slightly unique book as it’s just a small pocket book compilation of various F1 trivia from 1950 to 2005. John White provides short information tidbits on drivers, teams, GP circuits, season points ladders and his “fantasy starting grids” made up of drivers belonging to a certain category e.g. British drivers, French drivers, etc.

Although I personally wouldn’t buy this book at its full price, if you can find it cheaper and like F1 trivia, you might like this book. Knowledgeable F1 fans will probably already know a lot of the information here but there will the occasional story of interest.

This is one book that could easily be an e-book without losing any appeal.


Wow Factor or the Money Shot: Well, there are no photos. Maybe the tidbit about “Nelson Piquet almost has orgasm in his car”….


Suitable for: Casual sports fan or reading on the way to work or in the airport lounge…




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    The Formula One miscellany (John White) a very likeable book, Mr White try hard to give us highlights of F1 history, anecdotes, and do it quite varied and interesting. It is attractive to any F1 Fan who wish to have easy to reach DATA..but as ”human we are”, a few errors are found, Ex:page 153 wrote Piquet as the first driver to win a race with active suspension(Italy 1987)..In reality was AYRTON in Monaco 1987 Lotus T / ANOTHER: page 62, 1983 Monaco GP minus McLaren: Prost took pole with RENAULT ..Was no a McL driver (Lauda & Watson) ..despite this..a GREAT aid to F1 fans & pro broadcaster

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