Tales from the Toolbox: A Collection of Behind-the-Scenes Tales from Grand Prix Mechanics by Michael OliverTales from the Toolbox: A Collection of Behind-the-Scenes Tales from Grand Prix Mechanics by Michael Oliver

Tales from the Toolbox: A Collection of Behind-the-Scenes Tales from Grand Prix Mechanics

byMichael OliverForeword byJackie Stewart

Paperback | February 15, 2010

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Tales from the Toolbox is a unique collection of behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes as told, in their own words, by former Grand Prix mechanics who have worked at the top level of the sport during the past 50 years.  On the front line of the sport, mixing with drivers and team bosses, they saw a side of it that nobody else got to see and rarely gets to hear about – and this book tells their story. Chapters are themed around a particular aspect of a mechanic’s life, ranging from what they consider the highs and lows of their career, to their opinions of drivers and team bosses, the all-nighters, letting off steam, the ‘Mechanic’s Gallon,’ nightmare journeys and customs capers. It also reveals a tale of camaraderie between teams and individual mechanics which is hard to imagine in today’s highly competitive Formula One environment.  The stories are supplemented by photographs from the archives and photo albums of the mechanics themselves, many of which are previously unseen.
Michael Oliver went to his first Formula One race when he was just two weeks old, and contends that he learned to count looking at the number roundels on the sides of racing cars. A professional writer, he has contributed features to a wide range of magazines and websites, including autosport.com, itvf1.com, Motor Sport, Octane, Class...
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Title:Tales from the Toolbox: A Collection of Behind-the-Scenes Tales from Grand Prix MechanicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 0.5 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Veloce PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1845841999

ISBN - 13:9781845841997

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"Few books have given us as much enjoyment in recent months as this compilation of tales from the less than glamorous side of motor sport. Buy it!" – Octane "Chapter themes in this enjoyable paperback range from travel to job risks, with memories of key spanner-men. Pull-out boxes make it easy to dip into ..." – Classic & Sports Car