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Tales from the Toolbox – A collection of behind-the-scenes tales from Grand Prix mechanics

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Tales from the toolbox

Tales from the Toolbox – A collection of behind-the-scenes tales from Grand Prix mechanics
Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE.

By Michael Oliver
About the Author

Paperback • 148x210mm • 176 pages • 50 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-199-7

£ 14.99 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Unique insight to the realities of life as a Grand Prix mechanic
• Covers the past 50 years
• Stories told in mechanics' own words
• Recollections of the good, and bad times
• The camaraderie
• Candid views on the drivers and team bosses
• Features rare photographs from the mechanics’ own collections
• Three different indexes allow quick access


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, the mechanics 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.

Independent Reviews

A UNIQUE insight into the pitlanes of Formula One ... With unprecedented everyday access so close to famous drivers and fiery bosses, this recalls some brilliant tales - good and bad - from those who were at the sharp end.
Auto Express

The photos, many of which come from the mechanics' personal collections, are not only priceless, but properly capture the moments and tales told by the crew members. This book is a must for all racing fans

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

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!

A brilliant read, this is a book that you'll keep dipping into.
Club Lotus News

This is one of those books you can dip into anywhere … in its plainly-told tales you feel a vibe and a zeitgeist that many weighty histories don't give and which, because of ever higher technologies and regulations, is probably gone for ever.
Classic Cars

Buy this immensely entertaining book and help out a very worthy cause in the process.
Vintage Racecar

A fascinating insight into a part of the world of motor racing that is usually hidden behind garage doors.
The Marshal

This is the most absorbing motorsport 'inside story' book to be published in a long time.
Speed Scene

This small format book packs so much into its 172 pages. It's a real winner.
New Zealand Classic Car

Additional Information

Period covered: 1950s-late 1980s.

40% of all royalties to the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust


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