Fast Forward; The World's Most Famous Race Tracks and Race Cars; Adam Skinner, illustrated by James Gilleard
Young petrol heads and aspiring racing drivers can get their fix of life in the fast lane in this over-sized non-fiction read that shines a light on the exciting world of motor racing.
Cruise around millionaire’s playground on the city streets of Monaco, steer your way through one-hundred-and-fifty-six turns as you race up Pikes Peak, get your speed on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway taking part in the ‘greatest spectacle in racing’. Follow in the footsteps of Peter Brock and Jim Richards and blast around Bathurst in a Holden Torana A9X, master the world-famous corkscrew at Laguna Seca in a Dodge Viper ACR and battle the sand dunes in the epic Dakar Rally. It’s time to buckle your self in, rev your engine and experience life in the fast lane…
Fast Forward is full of fast tracks, fast cars and fast drivers. It is a brilliant compilation of motor racing history and the stylish pages are adorned with spectacular circuits, iconic cars, racing legends and memorable moments. With a standard layout throughout, readers can quickly jump to the information that most interests them.
Across the book, there is a great variety of the classic and the modern. From the legendary circuits of the Nürburgring, Spa Francorchamps and Monza that are circa one-hundred years old to the ultra-modern Shanghai International Circuit and the Bahrain International. Racing personnel spanning the generations are nicely represented including; Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Rathmann, Roger Ward, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. Equally impressive is the collection of cars that features a Porsche 911, McLaren MP4, Maserati 250F, Aston Martin DB5 and an electric eO PPO3.
It is clear that much love, time and attention to detail has been put into the creation of the book, the amounts of statistics, facts and historical stories are testament to that. Want the lowdown on each track, Fast Forward has got you covered with an outline layout, key features and essential stats including: length, turns, top speed, gear changes and downforce level. Need to know about the cars that have made their mark, that’s covered too with brilliant artistic impressions that add a wonderful classic vibe - which is appropriate for many of the cars - and are accompanied by technical specifications that car fanatics go mad for: power, top speed, gearbox, drive and chassis. And then there’s the memorable moments that cover all sorts of racing incidents; on track bust-ups, record-breaking feats, unsportsmanlike conduct and plenty of high-speed drama.
Kids who feel the need, the need for speed will find much to like in this stylishly presented compilation of motor racing history.
Recommended for 7+.