F1 Mavericks: The Men and Machines that Revolutionized Formula 1 Racing

F1 Mavericks captures the most influential and cherished period in Formula 1 racing through the lens of master photographer Pete Biro and the words of award-winning author George Levy.

From 1960 to 1982, Formula 1 underwent dramatic technological changes: front engines shifted to rear, narrow treaded tires evolved into massive slicks, and zero downforce gave way to ground effects. This era, known as the Maverick Era, saw the creation of the modern Formula 1 car.

Legendary drivers like Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Bruce McLaren, and Jody Scheckter defined this period. F1 Mavericks also highlights the maverick designers and engineers behind these cars, including Colin Chapman, Mauro Forghieri, Sir Patrick Head, Maurice Philippe, Gordon Murray, and Robin Herd. The book features a foreword by 1978 F1 World Champion Mario Andretti and an afterword by the late three-time champion Niki Lauda.

Each chapter offers a photographic account of significant races, with sidebars on key designers and technologies like wings, ground effect, slick tires, turbochargers, and the Brabham “fan” car. The story spans the globe, featuring designs from Honda, McLaren, Tyrrell, Cooper, BRM, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Matra, Ligier, Renault, Porsche, BMW, Eagle, Shadow, Penske, and Parnelli.

Strap yourself in for the story of the greatest era in Formula 1 racing—it’s all here in F1 Mavericks.