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It seems like an age since I finished it – that’s because it is! The Art of the Formula 1 Race Car, with words by me and excellent bespoke studio photography by James Mann, rolled off the presses last week. It’ll be on sale from mid-March.

The book features a range of Formula 1 cars from the Alfa 158 to Lewis Hamilton’s championship-winning McLaren Mercedes MP4-23. The Alfa we photographed is one of only two left in the world and it is the actual car in which Farina won the first world championship grand prix in 1950.

In between is a miscellany of machinery, each of which has an interesting tale to tell as well as fitting into what TV scriptwriters would call Formula 1′s ‘story arc’.

If you fancy a taster then you can see a selection of the photographs and some adapted text in the most recent issue of F1 Racing magazine.

You can order a copy here. I’ll put in one of those fancy windows-in-the-sidebar as soon as I can work out how to do so without utterly wrecking the site.

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  1. I seem to remember talking to a photographer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed who said he’d done some pictures for a book with a similar theme to this one. Who did the photos for you?

    • Stuart C
    • February 7th, 2010

    It’s James Mann – he’s an expert in doing studio photographs of cars. He also did a Goodwood calendar a couple of years ago in the retro style; in fact he pulled off the style so accurately that some old soak threatened to sue, claiming that one of the pictures was actually his!

  2. Aye that’s the chap! Looking forward to seeing the book.

    • Jeffrey Zuehlke
    • February 10th, 2010

    “It seems like an age since I finished it – that’s because it is!”

    I think you meant to write, “that’s because it HAS BEEN.”

    Your beloved editor,


    P.S.: The book is brilliant.

    • Stuart C
    • February 11th, 2010

    JZ – as ever, you are right…

    Just goes to prove the maxim that nothing is unimproveable, only unimproved. Now, who said that..?

    • Jeffrey Zuehlke
    • February 11th, 2010

    @Stuart C
    I think it was Peter Windsor…?

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