Reviews - What do customers think about Autocourse 2004-2005: The World's Leading Grand Prix Annual (Autocourse)?
Simply The Best Mar 4, 2005
I have been a collector for the last 31 years with every year book from 1973 1974 to date. For the best photographs and every race detail its without a doubt the yearbook to buy.
Probably the best F1 Annual on the market (for now) Feb 19, 2005
I have been collecting Autocourse for several years now, religously buying each edition as it comes out. In all that time, Hazelton have never really done much substanial changes to the general format of the book bar the typical font changes to update the look of the book.
This year (unfortunately) Hazelton have done away with the usual jacket size image of the year's Drivers World Championship winning driver. Instead, as well as a large image of Schumi in his Ferrari, arms triumphantly raised, there a number of smaller images clustered together under the title banner. This just plain looks untidy, not a good start.
The cover abberation aside, inside, the book contents are as usual. Alan Henry, the editor, compiles the Top 10 drivers list, while adding a commentary on the seasons events in his introduction. There are the usual feature articles, one of which this year discusses Jenson and his season. Eric Silbermann and Nigel Roebuck discuss the evolution of F1 and qualities of the ideal number two driver respectively. The teams roundup is as usual, the bigger teams getting 3 pages, the lesser lights 2 pages. Race commentaries are as in previous years, although there are the odd irritating errors, particularly with the graphics of the grid which sometimes does not correlate with the times and positions detailed in the qualifying chart. The photography as always is simply superb.
Formula One is the focus of the Autocourse annual, but as with previous editions, there are the usual F3000 and F3 roundups, plus the Touring cars, sports and GT reviews. Gordon Kirby contributes the commentary on the US racing scene.
As can be seen, very little has changed (aside from the cover) so for this reason I'm sure many people will buy and continue to buy Autocourse. A high quality product, probably the best on the market for now, which won't disappoint those who have brought the series before.