Editions Drapeau a Damier, £19.95.
This is the fifth appearance of the F3000 yearbook, a glossy celebration of one of motor racing’s best kept secrets. If only the formula had a PR package that was as well put together. . .
The bi-lingual text was much improved a couple of years ago when direct translation from French to English ceased; for the first couple of years, this task appeared to have been carried out by Martians.
Now, separate scripts are put together either side of the Channel. These are short and to the point. Much of the story of the season is told in pictures, all colour, of which the reproduction quality is superb, though one or two shots have become a little grainy when blown up.
Coverage of the European season is complemented by brief reviews of the domestic seasons in both Japan and Britain, and a results section mildly flawed by messy typography. The big question? Who buys it? The crowd at your average European F3000 race is no more than a couple of thousand. Hopefully there are sufficient customers to justify its continued existence. This is just the sort of vibrant publication Formula 3000 needs to promote its cause. SA