“I should begin by saying I have always been a huge fan of Patrick Tambay... This is one of those books I wish I had written, because it would have been such a fantastic project working with one of the sport’s true gentlemen... Massimo Burbi handles this task here very nicely. Another unashamed Tambay fan, he was seven when he started watching F1 on television, and was touched when he saw Patrick win that race. They came together after Massimo had written something on Patrick’s website, and typically Patrick gracefully acknowledges his ghost’s skills as a writer in his preface... Patrick and Burbi paint the candid story of life chez Ferrari.
“An insightful, emotive read, this book is a lovely tribute to one of the sport’s great drivers and a very stylish gentleman.”
David Tremayne, Grand Prix+ e-magazine
“A gorgeous book... There are facts, but emotions too.”
Pino Allievi, Autosprint
“It’s hard not to be won over by the enthusiasm Massimo Burbi approaches the subject of Tambay’s short Ferrari career. Enhanced by lengthy discussions with the man himself, the book sheds fascinating light on an especially turbulent time for F1’s most famous team... The book is almost over-generously illustrated with gorgeous shots of early-eighties turbo Ferraris from the Cahier archive... I reached the end of the book wishing there was more of it.”
Keith Collantine, F1fanatic.co.uk
“These were interesting times politically and emotionally and Tambay’s recollections are neatly catalogued... the thoughts of an intelligent, articulate racer were always likely to translate into a worthwhile read – and so it proves.”
“The Scuderia has been renowned over the years for its political machinations and this book, written with substantial input from Patrick himself, sheds considerable light on how it was in the latter years of Enzo Ferrari’s time at the helm... produced to Evro’s usual high standards and is lavishly illustrated... a valuable addition to Ferrari lore.”
Bulletin (the magazine of the British Racing Drivers’ Club)
“Monumental… immerse yourself in this volume.”
Grand Prix magazine (France)
“The enthusiasm with which author Burbi writes about his childhood hero is clear to see, and makes for a very enjoyable book. Combined with a great choice of photography and, of course, interviews with the man himself, it’s a seriously good read.”
“...there’s plenty to learn about the politics of Ferrari and F1, and about Tambay’s wilful character.”
“For me the book of the year! Thank you, Patrick and Massimo.”
Mèhes Kàroly (author of ‘GIlles Villeneuve – His Untold Life between Berthieville and Zolder’)
“The words are supported by many of Paul-Henri Cahier’s gorgeous photographs. The son of renowned racing ‘snapper’, Bernard, his talent for capturing essential moments is instrumental in gifting this title a very special quality indeed... Reading it reveals what we are missing in today’s clinical and often quizzical world of F1 racing, further enhanced by contributions from Ferrari’s team director of the period, Tambay’s race engineer and chief mechanic, as well as the recollections of Brenda Vernor, who was Enzo Ferrari’s personal assistant. It represents a superb insight and addition to any F1 fan’s bookshelves.”
Iain Robertson, b-c-ing-u.com
“In Formula One circles the number 27 is inextricably linked with the brilliant Gilles Villeneuve.
“But it is perhaps less well known for the talented and charismatic Patrick Tambay, who took Villeneuve’s place after his death at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982.
“Massimo Burbi’s new book, in conjunction with Tambay, tells the story of the French driver’s career in, somewhat fittingly, 27 chapters and gives an intimate and interesting account of the Italian racing team of the era.”
“Contains 27 chapters, the most poignant being chapter 15, fourteen pages describing the emotion surrounding his Ferrari win in San Marino, exactly twelve months after Villeneuve’s death… Profusely illustrated throughout.”
“Beautifully produced... This impressive 296-page book contains a superb selection of photos and the full flavour of the period comes through, both in Tambay’s own words, and in the reports of the races and happenings behind the scenes.”
Classic Driver (New Zealand)