The season is 1970 -- the Grand Prix year in which the exciting new Formula One car, the March, was launched with more...

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THE CHEQUERED YEAR: The Story of a Grand Prix Racing Season

The season is 1970 -- the Grand Prix year in which the exciting new Formula One car, the March, was launched with more optimistic press clippings than careful automotive planning; the accident-filled year in which Jochen Rindt became the first posthumous World Champion in Grand Prix history and Bruce McLaren and Piers Courage also died on the track; in other respects a typical eight-month year in which the 13 international events comprising racing's most prestigious competition followed the sun from South Africa to Madrid, Monte Carlo and other European spots to Watkins Glen and finally Mexico City. A prissy snob who luxuriates in the footling exclusivity of Grand Prix history, jargon, and manners, Simon tags along the tour, constantly buttonholing and bootlicking the drivers and their retinue and waxing sycophantic about everything from tires (""so broad and black, so square and heavy"") to motors (""the first bark of an engine on the first practice morning is as sweet as the first lark in summer"") to the racers' studied imperviousness to danger (""inside his modern Bell-Star helmet a driver is as inscrutable as a Teutonic knight""). You can learn a lot about Grand Prix racing from Simon if you can stomach his gushy radiations.

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1972

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1972