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How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer by Adrian Newey

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You don’t even have to be a lover of Formula 1 racing or race cars to enjoy this, you just need to be a lover of good stories and good writing. The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 grand Prix Circuit reads like a novel and tells the story of Phil Hill who rose from relative obscurity to become a record breaker– the first American-born driver to win the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship.

It not only tells the story of Hill, but the story of the people that surrounded Hill during that iconic 1961 season. The story tells of a time when the people who took to the circuits were going there to risk their lives, where deaths on the race tracks occurred with worrying regularity. This is a tale for everyone, a tale that captivates from its quiet beginning to its pulsating and heart-stopping climax.