(ONLINE Ð The Limit) AUTHOR Michael Cannell – instanbooks.live

Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, eI loved thisra of Formula one racing and Le Mans too The 1950s was one of the most dangerous times during the history of motor racing This book delves into the life of American F1 hero Phil Hill German hero Wolfgang Von Trips and car designer Enzo Ferrari who had both the racers on his A Fairly Honourable Defeat elite motor racing teamIt is buzzing withxcitement and ye witness accounts of many fatal crashes including Le Mans 1955 "Old time greats come into this historical account I honestly could not put this book down It was a creaking read "time greats come into this historical account I honestly could not put this book down It was a creaking read you love the history of Motorsports you ll njoy this Smashing read I have not Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue enjoyed anything like this in a long timeCA Powell The Last Days of Thunder Child Amazing storyracing as it should bedangerous Exciting If I were inclined to be snarky it would beasy to pick holes The reference to 180 degree first corner at Monaco Gasometer it s actually the last corner or the comment about the Sharknose Ferrari with it s 450BHP V6 The Man Without a Face engine I m not surexactly how much power it was putting out but given that six years later Cosworth struggled to get 400BHP from their DFV despite the fact it was twice the size I d guess not than 200BHP Michael Cannell is not a racing journalist and as someone who grew up with the sport in the background from the age of about 5 this is sometimes glaringly obvious The thing is it s perhaps because of the outsider s perspective that he brings that this is one of a uite small number of books about motor racing I d recommend to people with no interest in the sport In fact as with the recent box office Success Rush It Might Even Rush it might ven if you aren t interested Cannell has described his Approach As Novelistic Non Fiction And It S An Apt as novelistic non fiction and it s an apt of what he does The book centres on the story of America. In THE LIMIT Michael Cannell tells the nthralling story of Phil Hill a lowly California mechanic who would become the first American born driver to win the Grand Prix and on the fiftieth anniversary of his triumph brings to life a vanished world of glamour valor and daring With the pacing and vivid description of a novel THE LIMIT charts the journey that brought Hill from dusty California lots racing midget cars into the ranks of a singular breed of men competing with dare. S first Formula 1 World Champion Phil Hill and his rivalry with his team mate the "German Count Wolfgang Von Trips "Count Wolfgang Von Trips it s not so much a book about the nuts and bolts of who won what races as an insight into what drew a certain kind of individual to compete in a sport which at that time had a frightening fatality rate of the 21 drivers on the grid at Phil Hill s debut Grand Prix at Reims in 1958 8 would die behind the wheel of a racing car Cannell focuses on the fact that for all that both Hill and specially Von Trips were born into considerable wealth and privilege they both had difficult upbringings hill never got on with difficult upbringings Hill never got on with parents described in the book as functioning alcoholics who rowed incessantly and were dismayed when their only son dropped out of college to go work as a mechanic Von Trips found himself drafted at the age of 16 to clear bodies out of towns ruined by the bombing of the Rhineland fought briefly at the Belgian front and fled his castle in the face of the invading US army he later returned there and apparently got on well with the GIs stationed at the castle This might go some way to xplaining a fatalistic attitude towards sudden violent death than most Indeed reading this book I couldn t help thinking that it was only the context of two Threads Of The Shroud enormously brutal World Wars which allowed for a culture in which death was considered routine in what is after all merely a sport Having said that a recentncounter with AE a few months in which I woke up on a stretcher after a cycling accident with no idea how I d got there back left me thinking that there are worse ways to go The death and danger is sometimes slightly overplayed the reference to James Dean s fatal car crash seemed beside the point and a number of other drivers are in. Devils for glory on Grand Prix tracks across Europe Facing death at All Seated on the Ground every turn these men rounded circuits at well over 150 mph in anra before seat belts or roll bars an ra when drivers were crushed burned and beheaded with unnerving regularity From the stink of grease smothered pits to the long anxious nights in lonely European hotels from the tense camaraderie of teammates to the trembling suspense of photo finishes THE LIMIT captures the 1961 season that would mark the. ,



Troduced into the narrative seemingly mainly in order to recount the manner of their demise and Monza was never known as the death track any than the Nordschliefe was known as the graveyard A Rush solecism That One Lurking In The Background Is one Lurking in the background is would be opera star and by this account at least frustrated prima donna Enzo Ferrari He
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himself once as an of men with no great ngineering or driving talent of his own he was undoubtedly for a time very good at drawing together those who did have such ability and playing them off against ach other to his own benefit A complex character who deserves his own book and of course has several I recommend Richard Williams biographyAs a tale of two sports stars who for all that they were not uite among the greats were accomplished and intriguing complex personalities and the day before yesterday world they inhabited Cannell s observation that their jet setting on the road lifestyle was than a little "Like That Of Rock Stars Ten Years Later Was Well "that of rock stars ten years later was well I thought it s well worth a read While I m not a huge sports fan and have no real interest in motor sports at all I can t deny that The Limit is a thrilling read and a genuine page turner Michael Cannell s retelling of vents surrounding the 1961 European Grand Prix race circuit is developed as well as any novel with richly defined characters gruesome plot turns and an ultimate resolution that is simultaneously Against All Odds elating and depressing I m much too young to have known of thesevents as they were actually happening but this book really brings them alive as a grand metaphor for post war technological triumph paired with a disregard for safety and a tolerance for casual carnage that is shocking by today s standards Just a great read all around. High point of Hill's career It brings readers up close to the remarkable men who surrounded Hill on the circuit men like Hill's teammate and rival the soigné and cool headed German count Wolfgang Von Trips nicknamed Count Von Crash and Enzo Ferrari the reclusive and monomaniacal padrone of the Ferrari racing mpire Race by race THE LIMIT carries readers to its riveting and startling climax the final contest that would decide it all one of the deadliest in Grand Prix histo. ,
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