Life in the Fast Lane: 20th Anniversary Special Edition

by Steve Matchett

Over the last twenty years Life in the Fast Lane has become a staple of Formula 1 literature. In essence a monthly diary of a Benetton grand prix mechanic, this essential book gives a behind-the-scenes account of daily life in the trenches of F1, each page written throughout the tragic and turbulent 1994 season.

The author’s unique view alone makes this book indispensable reading for any serious motor racing enthusiast but Life in the Fast Lane is much more than an informative diary of this highly exclusive multimillion dollar world: its remarkable insider setting, its exceptional subject matter, its unfolding tension, its ease of narration, all of these thrilling ingredients have been wonderfully blended, mixed to produce a truly captivating page-turner. From January through to December, the enthralled reader is simply compelled to follow the author’s stunning racing year from start to finish.

Written by popular Formula 1 television personality Steve Matchett, Life in the Fast Lane is Matchett’s first book – two more soon followed – and its immediate success proved the catalyst to take him from life in the F1 pit lane to life in America, working first with FOX and now with NBC television, a commentary position from where he has called all the live grand prix racing action for the past sixteen years.

When Matchett wrote Life in the Fast Lane, however, he was unknown outside of his highly technical clandestine industry; a Formula 1 race mechanic, a member of the Benetton grand prix team working alongside celebrities like Flavio Briatore, Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn. His fast-paced story of the frantic, unending backstage activity to become the fastest and best in the world gives a fascinating, unparalleled insight into Formula 1 during some of its darkest and most difficult days.

Matchett was the rear jack man in Benetton’s pit crew, and was himself engulfed in the terrible fire in Hockenheim where Jos Verstappen’s race car dramatically exploded. In Life in the Fast Lane he reveals the full inside story of the momentous 1994 season, including the death of Ayrton Senna, the Hockenheim fuel fire and the numerous fines, penalties and disqualifications that embroiled the sport as the Benetton and Williams teams battled tooth and nail for the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships. The final showdown came in Adelaide, Australia, the last race of the year, complete with that still controversial title-deciding racing collision between Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill.

First edition hardback copies of this classic motor racing title have risen in value to become near unobtainable, expensive collectors items. Fortunately, this Twentieth Anniversary Special Edition e-book version for Kindle readers makes Life in the Fast Lane readily available to a whole new audience, and for a reassuringly affordable price.

The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom

by Mark Gallagher (Author)

In this riveting insider’s account of over 30 years in the Formula One industry, Mark Gallagher explains what it takes to succeed in a competitive business with high technology, high finance and immensely high stakes.
Like any global business, Formula One demands the best from its people. To thrive within it requires impeccable leadership and communications skills, as well as the ability to design, manufacture, develop and bring to market a constantly improving high-technology product and constantly work to immoveable deadlines with an immense supply chain and tight regulations.
The Business of Winning sets out a one-stop management guide for executives keen to emulate this high-speed, high-impact approach to business. Based on hard-won experience and practical examples of how owners, drivers, teams, technicians and sponsors deal with the full range of management questions and issues they face every day, Mark Gallagher brings the drama of the Formula One business to life in vivid detail.

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Grandprix.com white T-shirt

This white t-shirt has the Grandprix.com logo on it. If you are an auto racing fan and whether watching the Italian Grandprix at Monza, or sitting poolside at Monaco this TShirt will show that you are a true fan of the sport and show that you follow what is going on like an insider.

 

Formula 1: All The Races

by Roger Smith (Author), Alain Baudouin (Illustrator), David Croft (Foreword)

This remarkable book is the third edition of an acclaimed work of reference about Formula 1. It has been meticulously researched and written to capture the character and essence of every one of the 935 World Championship races held from the beginning of Formula 1 in 1950 to the end of the 2015 season. Each entry highlights the key events of each Grand Prix from qualifying through to the final outcome as well as spotlighting those incidental happenings so unique to F1 that influenced a race or an unfolding championship battle. Nothing is missed in this unique book of record.

Fully updated three years since publication of the sell-out previous edition.

Each race entry is packed with information, comprising a descriptive text supported by numerous statistics.

935 races, 206 winning cars, 105 winning drivers, 66 seasons, 32 champions.

All race-winning cars illustrated with high-quality artwork by Alain Baudouin.

Decade-by-decade structure: the 1950s (Red to green); the 1960s (From strength to strength), the 1970s (Television stardom), the 1980s (Bernie’s travelling circus), the 1990s (Going global), the 2000s (Front-page news), the 2010s (Money talks).

Appendices give overview listings, including World Champion drivers, World Champion constructors, total wins for drivers and constructors, etc.

Formula 1 : Car By Car 1960-69

by Peter Higham (Author)

This book is the first in a multi-volume, decade-by-decade series covering the entire history of Formula 1 through its teams and cars. The series launches with the 1960s, when the British came to predominate after the rule of Italian and German manufacturers in the previous decade. All ten World Champions of the decade came from the English-speaking world – Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand – and most of the successful cars were British-built too, from Cooper, BRM, Lotus and Brabham. This was an era when small teams and privateers were involved in significant numbers and they are all covered, all the way to the most obscure and unsuccessful. This book shines new light on many areas of the sport and will be treasured by all Formula 1 enthusiasts.

Year-by-year treatment covers each season in fascinating depth, running through the teams – and their various cars – in order of importance.

Works teams form the core of the book: BRM, Ferrari and Lotus participated throughout the decade, while Cooper, Porsche, Honda, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren and Matra were the other winning marques.

Privateer teams in all their colourful diversity are a special dimension of this book, topped by Rob Walker Racing, the finest privateer operation in Formula 1 history, and a winner in this decade with Stirling Moss and Jo Siffert.

Privateers range from well-known names to one-race wonders long forgotten by even the most dedicated enthusiasts.

Over 400 photos – in colour wherever possible – show every type of car raced by every team, presenting a comprehensive survey of all participants.

The sweep of the decade covers rapid technical development, including monocoque chassis, ever-wider tyres and aerodynamic wings.

James Hunt: The Biography

by Gerald Donaldson (Author)

James Hunt was a towering personality with a commanding presence, a hugely glamorous public figure who brought Formula One motor racing to the attention of a whole new audience.

Triumphing against all odds to become World Drivers’ Champion with McLaren in 1976, Hunt sank into a period of decadence and depression, only to be rejuvenated as he found true love for the first time.

With that came personal contentment and a renewed zest for living, so that one of the most colourful and controversial figures in Grand Prix racing is best remembered by those close to him as a fun-loving, caring man who had a genuinely uplifting presence – qualities that shine through in Gerald Donaldson’s compelling and moving account of his life.

Formula One Circuits from Above with Google Earth

Formula One Circuits from above with Google[trademark] Earth gives the reader the perfect insight into what makes F1 the most exciting and dramatic of all forms of motorsport. The unique photography provided by Google[trademark] Earth show each circuit’s challenges and why only the very best drivers in the world can thrive in Formula One. Television cameras (even High Definition and 3D) flatten and foreshorten racetracks making them, if not featureless, then apparently undemanding. If you were to sit at the Eau Rouge section of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, walk up to the Casino from the harbour at Monaco, or look out onto the desert at Sakhir, you would quickly realise that these are serious challenges – each entirely different from the other. Stunning photography and insightful and thoughtful writing from one of the world’s most travelled Formula One commentators, make Formula One Circuits from above with Google[trademark] Earth a fantastic volume to have by your side when you watch the F1 World Championship unfold. The colour, drama, history and excitement of Formula One will never be better displayed in this exceptional volume.

No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone

 by Tom Bower 

Lewis Hamilton 2015 Mercedes AMG F1 1:18th Model

Produced by Spark, this is a detailed replica of the Championship winning Mercedes W06 driven by Lewis Hamilton at the Australian GP. Lewis has won his 2nd straight World Championship and the team has also won back to back Constructor’s title. Features authentic sponsor decals, detailed cockpit, and detailed driver figure. Size: 10″