The Limit by Michael Cannell
Just finished reading this book. If you're at all interested in the history of 50s/60s sports car and F1 racing, I strongly recommend it.
The book is "about" the 1961 F1 season and the championship battle between Phil Hill and Count Wolfgang von Trips, both driving for Ferrari. But in order to tell that story, Cannell basically tells the life stories of Hill and von Trips, while touching on many other drivers, Enzo Ferrari and other personalities in the sport.
It's not technical at all. The descriptions of on-track action and car development and technology are brief and simple. It's a story about the people, not the cars. And it's a terrific read.
We see all we have in racing these days, helmets, nomex, roll cages, fire systems, HANS, SAFER barriers, etc. And it's just staggering to read how these guys raced (and often died or were maimed), how spectators stood right by the track (and often paid the price), and how it was just part of the sport. Absolutely amazing. These drivers were men of remarkable courage and nerve.
Anyway, if you're interested in motorsports history at all, pick it up. I don't think you'll be sorry.
Also try The Unfair Advantage by Mark Donohue. It's a terrific story as well, although MD was a better driver/engineer than he was a writer.
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