The book in itself is a milestone in motorsport books history. It required 14 years of work from his author, who not only wrote all the texts, but also did more than 400 drawings representing all the cars from all the significant teams having entered the Formula One championship in the past 54 years! This unique feature allows the readers to see at a glance the evolution of all the Williams cars, for instance, since the creation of the team. This huge and heavy (more than 10 pounds) box, with two volumes in fabric-style covers also features more than 1200 photographs, some of them exclusive from the collection of Bernard Cahier, the famous photographer from the '50s. In its last section, the book also gives comprehensive results of all the Grands Prix of the history of F1, from 1950 until today. It features all the lap charts of all the races - despite the fact that the FIA (the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) itself thought that these lap charts did not exist before 1958! This third edition is entirely updated after the end of the 2006 season. Its page layout has also been improved since the first two editions to put more emphasis on the pictures. In France, the book will be published in its fifth edition this year. It won the prestigious award "Grand Prix du Livre" from the Automobile Festival of Chamonix.
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Nigel Roebuck (born in 1946, in Manchester, Lancashire, England) is an English journalist. Since 1971 he has reported on Formula One, and is considered one of the sport's most influential writers. Roebuck continues to write for Autosport, plus Autoweek in the USA and a retrospective column in Motorsport magazine. His flowing, laconic and self effacing style is matched only by its insightfulness, honesty and humor, and occasional, heavy-handed reference to UK party politics. In 1982 Roebuck drove a Formula One Renault turbo at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
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