The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit


The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit In THE LIMIT, Michael Cannell tells the enthralling 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 daredevils for glory on Grand Prix tracks across Europe Facing death at every turn, these men rounded circuits at well overmph in an era before seat belts or roll bars an era 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 theseason that would mark the 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 soign and cool headed German count Wolfgang Von Trips nicknamed Count Von Crash , and Enzo Ferrari, the reclusive and monomaniacal padrone of the Ferrari racing empire 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 history



10 thoughts on “The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit

  1. Jeff Jeff says:

    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 events 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 th


  2. Judy Judy says:

    A car gets me from one place to another and as long as it works I am happy So one might wonder why I was attracted to read this book It jumped off the new books non fiction shelves at the library because I had heard the author interviewed on NPR and thought it would be interesting to read The book is supposed to be about Phil Hill, a race driver who grew up in Santa Mo


  3. Matthew Dixon Matthew Dixon says:

    I m not a car racing guy but this is a really interesting story about how ridiculously dangerous formula one racing was in the 50s and 60s was for racers went 180 mph and didn t even wear seat belts and for spectators who were pretty routinely killed when cars and parts thereof would go hurtling off the track the book focuses on a couple of drivers, one being phil hill, st


  4. Patrick Patrick says:

    If I were inclined to be snarky, it would be easy 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 engine I m not sure exactly how much power it was putting out, but given that, six years later, Cosworth struggled to get 400BHP from their DFV despite the fact


  5. L.C. Fiore L.C. Fiore says:

    The author calls this book novelistic nonfiction, and I think that s perfect Cannell tells a riveting story about Formula One racing in the 1950s and 60s by following two racers in particular Peter Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, both of whom raced primarily for Ferari I m not much of a racing enthusiast although I always suspected NASCAR couldn t hold a candle to these guys, and now


  6. Shaon Castleberry Shaon Castleberry says:

    The story of Don Hill and his experience racing in Formula 1 cars before driver safety was an issue No seat belts, no roll bars, and fire always a problem as many drivers were engulfed in flames after the gas tank exploded Mr Hill was one of the lucky few to live through his career An engrossing readplease


  7. Jim Dolan Jim Dolan says:

    Amazing storyracing as it should bedangerous Exciting


  8. Chris Chris says:

    The Limit was nothing short of a fantastic book.Some have criticised it for some errors, and yes as a fan of Formula 1 you can see that there are a few, but this book was written by an outsider of the sport, someone who doesn t have a great interest in it, and that helps capture the story evenThe fact that a non fan can be captivated by the stories of Phil Hill and von Trips shows how great a


  9. Joanie Joanie says:

    As a new fan to F1, this wasn t as much as a book about the Phil Hill vs Wolfgang Von Trips for the 1961 championship as it was a primer on the era I didn t know how any of the races would turn out or which drivers weren t going to make it, so this book was full of surprises I recognized a few of the names but that was about it Michael Cannell manages to cover a lot of different stories and chara


  10. C. A. Powell C. A. Powell says:

    I loved this era 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 elite motor racing team.It is buzzing with excitement and eye witness accounts of many fatal crashes, including L


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