“Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” – read the review and win one of five copies

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year I got talking to James Mann, a photographer who told me he’d been doing studio shots of classic F1 cars for an upcoming book.

“Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” is the product of that work, a study of 18 of the most important, interesting and, often, beautiful F1 cars ever to be raced.

Publisher Motorbooks put out a similar title only last year – “Legendary Race Cars”, reviewed here in December. But “Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” is a much more successful (and F1-centric) execution of the concept.

The 18 cars have been chosen with a degree of imagination. As well the ‘usual suspects’ – Maserati 250F, McLaren MP4/4, Williams FW14 – there are some more unusual and curious additions.

Jack Brabham’s BT20, for instance, and Adrian Newey’s Leyton House-Judd CG901. That turquoise car may never have won a race – though it certainly came close – but the detailed study of this 20 year-old car tells you a lot about why the Red Bull RB6 is the car to beat this year.

From the faintly prehistoric front-engined machines of the 1950s, through the ground effect and turbo eras, right up to F1’a aerodynamic pinnacle in 2008, “Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” takes in the full breadth of F1 car design through the decades.

F1 journalist Stuart Codling gives an expert view on both the historical and technical stories behind each car, often with fascinating details on how design decisions about the cars were made.

The “commentary by Gordon Murray” advertised on the cover starts off well but by the later pages it’s clear at what point he lost interest in F1 car design. The later cars get just a couple of sentences each. A pity, as I’d like to have heard more of his trenchant views on the “dead end” of active suspension and traction control, and the “ugly” generation of F1 cars in the 2000s.

But it’s the sumptuous photography that really makes the book. Each car is brought to life in page after after page of close-up pictures exposing their intricacies fabulous detail. If F1 car technology is your thing, you simply have to buy this book.

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47 comments on “Art of the Formula 1 Race Car” – read the review and win one of five copies

  1. RandomChimp said on 12th April 2010, 12:01

    Is our real name or F1F nickname required?

  2. will the info be used for marketing purposes or destroyed after the draw has taken place?

  3. James said on 12th April 2010, 12:38

    Sounds like an excellent book, hope I’m one of the lucky five!

  4. silencer said on 12th April 2010, 12:50

    how many times can a person submit their answer?


  5. When’s the closing date.?

  6. Nixon said on 12th April 2010, 13:45

    I would really appreciate it if you would answer the questions Kieth.

    • macahan said on 12th April 2010, 17:14

      Most if not all the answers are in the terms and conditions at the end of the competition.

      Competition terms and conditions

      1. Maximum one entry per household.
      2. The competition is not open to employees, friends or family of F1 Fanatic or Motorbooks.
      3. Closing date for entries is midnight (GMT) on Friday 23rd April 2010.
      4. In the event of a dispute the editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
      5. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
      6. Players who have won prizes will be notified by email within seven days and prizes will be dispatched within 28 days of that email being sent.

  7. LucaBadoerFan said on 12th April 2010, 13:59

    this sounds like an interesting read, i may pick up a copy sometime down the line, if i’m not one of the winning five. thanks for the review, keith.

  8. Rob Evans said on 12th April 2010, 14:12

    Ach, curses – wish I’d known about this competition before I bought the book! Never mind, it was money well spent anyway. The photography is superb and Stuart Codling’s historical & technical input is fascinating.
    Good luck with the competition you lot, but if you don’t get lucky I do strongly recommend you part with some hard-earned and go out and buy it – it really is very good.

  9. RudinhoEHV said on 12th April 2010, 14:17

    what is the size of the book? are there any pictures in it that can be framed in a4 size??

  10. SeminoleAJ said on 12th April 2010, 14:40

    This may be a good book to pick up even if I don’t win. Might be a little tough finding it in the states though…gotta look at Amazon.

  11. GeeMac said on 12th April 2010, 14:42

    I absolutely adore that Leyton House Judd CG901! A fantastic bit of Newey design. I’m not at all surprised that it gets a mention. I think I may have made it one of my picks for most beautiful F1 car ever in one of the forum discussions.

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th April 2010, 15:07

    Hi everyone.

    I’m sorry to say there’s been a problem with the contact form and it’s possible not all the entries have been received. If you sent an entry via the contact form I advise you to send a fresh entry to compeition@f1fanatic.co.uk as well to make sure it is received. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  13. steph said on 12th April 2010, 15:13

    Don’t worry about it Keith :)
    The link doesn’t work for me -I imagine my laptop is having a stroppy moment- is it possible to just send an email to that address or does it definately have to be through the link? Any help would be greatly appreciated and sorry for taking up your time.

  14. NomadIndian said on 12th April 2010, 15:43

    Is the competition open to those outside the UK?

  15. iceshiel said on 12th April 2010, 16:07

    Saw that book in singapore and had a brief flip through. It was awesome!

  16. Bien said on 12th April 2010, 17:07

    Hey Keith, I had to send two emails because I accidentally (and stupidly) forgot to put my name and address! Hope I don’t get disqualified =X

  17. DamionShadows said on 12th April 2010, 17:26

    I purchased the book the day it came out from Amazon and I loved it ( granted I skipped most of it just to read about the MP4-23). If anyone has the chance to buy it, i’m sure it wouldn’t disappoint.

  18. Reflecto said on 12th April 2010, 18:07


    Wouldn’t be fair just to let UK residents have a chance to win it

  19. silencer said on 12th April 2010, 18:27

    okay keith I’ve re-sent the answer via that e-mail

    is this competition open to all F1Fanatic worldwide?

  20. sw6569 said on 12th April 2010, 18:51

    Cheers for the opportunity to win Keith, it looks a great read. I think Will Buxton has a similarly praising review up on his blog too

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