A limited edition of 27 copies

Each individual book is numbered and signed by Patrick Tambay. The quantity was chosen to honour Patrick’s race number at Ferrari, the number that both he and Gilles Villeneuve famously carried on their red cars. Hand-made by the craftsmen at Ludlow Bookbinders, the binding is in top-quality leather and the book is presented in a suede-lined slipcase.

By Massimo Burbi with Patrick Tambay

Photographs by Paul-Henri Cahier

Foreword by Alain Prost


  • This is the emotional story of Patrick Tambay’s rollercoaster Formula 1 ride with Ferrari. The saga began in 1982 with the tragedy of his friend and fellow driver Gilles Villeneuve’s death in the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder and then unfolded as Tambay took Villeneuve’s place in car number 27, achieved race victories and, as the 1983 season developed, fought for the World Championship. Told in 27 chapters, this is a tale not only of Formula 1 in those colourful years but also a rare and revealing account of life inside Maranello in the twilight of the Enzo Ferrari era, supported by magnificent photographs by Paul-Henri Cahier.

    • British GP, 1982: at Brands Hatch Tambay’s second race for Ferrari brings his first-ever podium finish, in his 51st Formula 1 start.
    • German GP, 1982: after team-mate Didier Pironi’s career-ending crash during practice at Hockenheim, Tambay lifts his sombre Ferrari team with his first Formula 1 win.    
    • Italian GP, 1982: in front of Ferrari’s emotional home crowd at Monza, Tambay finishes second, with the great Mario Andretti, his team-mate for this one race, behind him in third place.
    • San Marino GP, 1983: Tambay delivers exactly what the Scuderia’s fans desire – victory at Imola for the number 27 Ferrari 12 months after Gilles’s last race.
    • South African GP, 1983: Tambay’s farewell race for Ferrari sees him on pole position (his sixth front-row start in seven races), but a mechanical failure denies him any chance of a final victory.
  • Book specification as follows:

    • UK price: £225.00
    • Format: 280x235mm
    • Hardback
    • Page extent: 300pp
    • Illustration: over 175 photographs
    • Word count: 85,000

  • When Massimo Burbi, watching television aged 8, saw Patrick Tambay win the 1983 San Marino GP, he became a fan. More than 30 years later, he has collaborated with his childhood hero as a labour of love to create this book. Nowadays he runs his own engineering design studio in Tuscany, Italy.

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