Working the Wheel Hardcover – Oct 14 2004
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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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.