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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Working The WheelSept. 21 2007
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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.