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Working the Wheel [Hardcover]

Martin Brundle , Maurice Hamilton
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Oct. 14 2004
Martin Brundle first came to the public's attention when he raced wheel-to-wheel with Ayrton Senna and gave the great Brazilian the toughest challenge of his early career. A regular podium winner with Williams, McLaren, Jordan and Brabham, Brundle began commentating with Murray Walker in 1997. He is now ITV's main commentator and speaks to an estimated 40 million English-speaking people around the world. In this unique book the reader will have his armchair converted to the laid-down cockpit of a Formula One car and be swept around the world's classic motor racing circuits. He will experience the extraordinary sensations, the adrenaline and the atmosphere as told by the sport's best analyst. Together with F1's respected journalist, Maurice Hamilton, Brundle brings his infallible humour and insight, his experiences and opinion, to each of the circuits and its classic races. From the camber at Monaco, which will leave your wheels hanging in the air, to Melbourne and the dynamics behind the most dramatic crash of the decade. Encompassing such essential details as neck-snapping acceleration, smashing cars worth a quarter of a million and the amount of sweat a driver will lose in a race, this is a rare F1 book - funny, opinionated, evocative and dramatic.

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"A nail-biting account of driving the great race-tracks of the world, told through a Formula One driver's eyes" -- Sir Stirling Moss "A pithy and entertaining account of motor racing as a professional driver" Saturday Telegraph "A must for any F1 fan" Sunday Express "Martin Brundle is by far and away the best grand prix commentator around ... Working the Wheel is a modern classic ... A must for serious race fans" Car magazine "a fascinating look at his experiences in and out of the car. A must for any F1 fan" Sunday Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Martin Brundle's 12-year F1 career gave him 8 podium finishes. He is Director of the British Racing Driver's Club, shareholder in the Brundle motor dealerships in his Native Norfolk. He has received 2 Royal Society of Television Awards for his commentary. Maurice Hamilton has been a freelance writer of F1 for 25 years. He has won 4 awards and written 15 books including ghosting Damon Hill's bestselling account of his 1994 season. He is motor racing correspondent for the Observer and F1 commentator for Radio 5 Live.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book June 7 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I very much like Martin Brundle's television F1 commentary - I think he is one of the best thing's about Formula 1 - so buying this book was a no brainer for me.
I found the book a very easy read and very enjoyable. Each chapter is devoted to one particular track (Le Mans, Monza, Montreal, etc.). Martin Brundle will describe how each circuit is to drive and recall various memories he has of the place and the surroundings - including the people.
He writes in a down-to-earth kind of way and never gets too technical. And, like his on-air commentating, his words are laced with (seeming) honesty, knowledge, humility and humour.
I am not a racer but I am a big race fan. And I found he balanced the technical aspects of each race track with entertaining stories that surround it very well. I definitely feel like I have a far better understanding of not only the tracks he describes, but also the areas and the people surrounding them.
The only disappointment I had was that I had hoped to read more about himself and his life. It's not that he does not give lots of details about these things - he definitely does. It is just that I foolishly assumed the book was more of a biography and less a book about racing and his life in it. Even though a quick glance at the pages would have told me otherwise.
But, that minor disappointment aside, I found the book every bit as charming as he seems to be on television and I highly recommend this book for both those that are racing obsessed and those who are more casual in their passion for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Working The Wheel Sept. 21 2007
By Irvine Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You may be forgiven for thinking that this book is more about Martin and F1 then it is anything else. Well you'd be wrong. This is for the serious F1 fans only and being one for 27 years I still found plenty of excuses to put it down. It's not that I don't like Martin Brundle, because I do, that's the point! I thought this was all about him and his racing career instead it's a step by step account of 18 race tracks around the world. Only a certain amount of how a chicane bends and how rough the asphalt is can be found interesting.
Hopefully Martin will bring out a biography at some point because lets face it: with 12 years F1 driving and nearly 10 behind the microphone the man has plenty of stories to tell.
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