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All I can say is: spread the word. Don't know which communities you people post at but if you can, "plug" the story as much as you can. We need to raise awareness for this is the biggest thing since the Da Vinci Code ;)
I'm glad I looked at the main page before asking "what book ? "!!
Congratulations Simon I hope things are going well! I've always wanted a nice book about the team.
However I'm not sure how I can plug this when its not released yet.
[Edited on 15-2-07 by JumpeySpyder]
Obviously, I believe there are enough Minardi fans and general F1 fans out there who would be interested in a well produced book with great photos and nice anecdotes, rather than a dry chronology. This will be in the £25-£30 bracket.
I will let you know how things go with the publisher but things move very, very s-l-o-w-l-y.
I am aware we need to strike while the iron is warmish and we have the 20th anniversary of Detroit next year.
I must thank Quig, Murph, the good Doctor, Salvo and RJ for their help, suggestions and time.
More on topic: great idea that book. Will Murph supply the pictures? I wish you lots of success making it (which should be great fun!) and also getting it published in a decent way.
This has nothing to with being overlooked for assisting with the ghost writing.
Oh...all right, good luck mate.
Murph's photos are an absolute treat; I'm sure you agree the man deserves to be published.
Seles: all donations are gratefully received! RJ will pass on my email. Photographs is the main issue at the moment as the big agencies charge a fortune. I am determined that great photos are key to this project.
Who have you interviewed so far?
and a few v interesting people behind the scenes.
to come: Fisico, Costa, Stoddie and others.
That line about the hammer still echoes in my hears.
- who helped him out with his tyre budget in 2002, getting Michelin to write off the debt?
- who helped him out with the fighting fund money even post-Montreal 2003?
Mostly Ron but also Frank. Judas, correctly, is the main focus of Stoddie's ire.
Serously - ask him the next time you. See if he has any regrets over his comment that prompted the "event".
Ron actually had a soft spot for Minardi, as one highly-placed source tells me in the book ...
It would explain all the bluster at Montreal but then his subsequent actions (which is how we should judge a man). I am convinced people should focus their criticism on TOIT, Todt, Flav, Walkinshaw (remember him?) and Judas.
Do tell us more!
If everyone is serious about a purchase then they can prepay and maybe cover the costs for overruns. What quantity were you thinking about publishing?
I am not inclined to do it as it smacks of desperation to me. If I can't get one publisher to agree this is viable then that's pretty sad but the way of the world. Although the internet is changing things, publishers still have the trade/media contacts and the distribution.
The publisher I am talking to is speaking of an initial run of 2-3,000 and take it from there.
The Frog and and Irishman have always dubious types I've thought. In Montreal, Judas was turning quicker than a straight man in a gay bar. And I never liked the look of that little froggy bastard.