New York-based luxury book publisher Assouline has made a true gift to racing enthusiasts and historians with Formula 1: the impossible collection. The newly published 228-page Formula 1 Meditation traces the rich and complex history of motorsport, examining the 100 pivotal moments that have brought F1 from its debut as a 1950s gentlemen’s club to the legendary global sport that it is. she is today.
Many books have romanticized F1 over the years, but it seems The impossible collection may be the most comprehensive and the most important. Organized by F1 journalist Brad Spurgeon, the handcrafted coffee table book highlights the skilled drivers and technical innovations that have built the sport, with a specific focus on several important names including Juan Manuel Fangio, Bruce McLaren , Enzo Ferrari, Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, and of course, Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Better regarded as a collector’s item that is now part of the F1 heritage, the large linen hardcover book comes in a deluxe clamshell case with a metal plate, which itself is carried in a crimson red canvas tote bag. White gloves were included, just to reiterate how exclusive it all was and to position the book as something closer to a work of art, as opposed to just an everyday coffee table book that you would choose in Dymocks.
As F1 ranks third among the most popular sports in the world, just behind the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, Formula 1: the impossible collection is easily among the most valuable sports books published in recent memory. The fiery tribute to a 70-year-old sport reinforces all of those words with over 175 illustrations and images, delving deep into all facets of F1 and the mechanics, technicians, engineers and team managers behind the scenes.
Between this book and watching Netflix reruns Drive to surviveFormula 1 connoisseurs have never had such a powerful celebration of the sport’s legacy so easily accessible. Although a Netflix subscription will cost you a change of pocket compared to what Assouline wants Formula 1: the impossible collection.
The book comes with a price tag of US $ 955 (AU $ 1,225), which is still reasonable for what is essentially your own exposure to Formula 1 and its unmistakable legacy.