Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Northern California, USA
In The Name of Glory by Tom Rubython
“In the Name of Glory: 1976 The Greatest Ever Sporting Duel” by Tom Rubython (November 2011, The Myrtle Press UK).
I highly recommend this book! It tells the main story of the fabled 1976 Formula One season in a good amount of detail. Some may feel the off track personal lives of racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda are covered in a bit too much and sometimes graphic detail. However I think that these details add to the overall perspective of what each driver went through in their bitter race to the championship. It was amazing to read how a virtual non-entity (before 1976) like James Hunt was able to secure a ride with the ultra competitive McLaren team. It was even more amazing to read how Niki Lauda, the defending F1 champion driver for Ferrari in 1975, was able to race after all he endured in 1976; the broken ribs from the tractor accident, the horrific crash & fire that greatly disfigured his face and nearly destroyed his lungs. Not to mention the “lady problems” that Hunt and Lauda seemingly brought upon themselves. It is a huge wonder how these guys were able to maintain a focus on any serious undertaking at all, let alone F1 racing! There is not much coverage in the way of Alfa Romeo, except for the mention of Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team using the “thirsty” Alfa engines in their cars. All in all, In the Name of Glory is very well written and easy to read. Although at times the transitions between some chapters seem a bit disjointed and there is a somewhat repetitive nature that comes through as the same subjects are repeated several times. There are a couple of neat color photo sections located in the middle pages of the book and it is nice to place a name with a cira 1976 face. At any rate I thought I'd read the book before it becomes a movie and I am very happy I did! Ron “Opie” Howard, is supposedly making a film based on this book, can't wait 'til it comes out and to see the larger than life characters of Hunt and Lauda portrayed on the screen. I think all serious racing fans and history buffs of F1 will enjoy reading In The Name of Glory and adding it to their personal libraries. Cheers.
Last edited by Timo; 07-12-2012 at 10:01 PM.