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Off Topic: When racecar engineering is a puzzle to be solved

“Those who can, do,” motorsports most famous enthusiast Murray Walker used to say of his vocation in typically modest fashion, “those who cant, talk about it.” Taking that adage further still, some of us are just happy to read about it, and ever since I fell in love with cars driving in circles fast Ive read everything I could lay my hands on on the sport and those who pursue it. In parallel with my love of video games, enabled and enhanced by the words and articles of fellow fans in magazines or even on sites such as this, reading about motorsport and the fascinating stories surrounding it can be just as rewarding as heading to a race track itself.

Some books are better than others, and there are the staple reads Im sure anyone with a passing interest in motorsport will have read already: AJ Baimes Go Like Hell, for instance, chronicling the war between Ford and Ferrari that was played out on the likes of Daytona and Le Mans in the 60s, or Michael Cannells The Limit which so vividly paints a human portrait of motorsports most brutal era.

There are recent masterpieces like Adrian Neweys How to Build a Car (something that does the unthinkable and makes Red Bull Racing, self-appointed villains of F1s new Drive to Survive reality TV era, actually quite likeable), underlining Neweys place in a lineage alongside the likes of Colin Chapman and Enzo Ferrari as one of the sports all-time greats. Or if you want to read about some of those older legends theres fare like Brock Yates Enzo Ferrari: The Man and Machine, if you want to find out more about Il Commendatore before it gets the Hollywood treatment via Michael Mann next year.

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