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Over the past two decades, Life in the Fast Lane has grown to become a true staple of Formula 1 literature. In essence a monthly diary of a Benetton grand prix mechanic, this essential book gives a behind-the-scenes account of daily life in the trenches of F1 during the tragic and turbulent 1994 season.

The author's unique point-of-view makes this book indispensable listening for any serious motor racing enthusiast. But Life in the Fast Lane is much more than an intelligently written, informative diary of this highly exclusive multimillion-dollar world. Its remarkable insider setting, its exceptional subject matter, its unfolding tension, its ease of narration - all of these thrilling ingredients - have been wonderfully blended, mixed together to be truly captivating. From January through to December, the enthralled listener is simply compelled to follow the author's stunning racing year from start to finish.

Written and narrated by popular author and Formula 1 television personality, Steve Matchett, Life in the Fast Lane is Matchett's first book (three more soon followed), and its immediate success proved the catalyst to take him from a life in the pit lanes of F1 to a new life in America. For the past 20 years, he has been a broadcaster with FOX and NBC television, and now is an eloquent narrator of his own audiobooks. However, he was unknown outside of his highly clandestine industry. He was a Formula 1 race mechanic, a member of the Benetton grand prix team working alongside celebrities like Flavio Briatore, Michael Schumacher, and Ross Brawn. His fast-paced story of the frantic, unending backstage activity to become the fastest and best in the world gives a fascinating, unparalleled insight into Formula 1 during some of its darkest and most difficult days.

©1995 Steve Matchett (P)2018 Steve Matchett

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an f1 fan must read

what an amazing look into the life of a f1 mechanic. I was glued to the book from start to finish. I could actually picture myself beside Steve as he recalled the 1994 season.

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Snapshot of one of F1's most turbulent seasons

#funny #clever Read by the author, Steve Matchett, this book is adapted from a diary he kept during the 1994 F1 season. The season was one of the most notable in F1 history as the sport gained a new World champion and lost its greatest driver of all time. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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great listen for F1 fans

great behind the scenes glimpse into the 1994 Formula 1 season and the beginning of Schumacher's reign.

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The 1994 F1 season from an insider's view.

I greatly enjoyed Steve's in-depth, passionate insider's look into what still is an exceptional F1 season.

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Very entertaining!

A unique inside look at F1 life in the '94 Season. Being a recent F1 fan it was interesting to get a feel of history from times past. And the beginning of a career of a young Michael Schumacher. Amazing year he had despite all the adversity.

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it's good to hear Steve matchett talk of F1 again

I have Steve matchett to thank for learning all about F1 how it works how the cars work the rules, all the technical stuff that makes it so much more interesting. I miss him on the television during the races, I'm so very grateful he wrote these books. I'm anxious for the third one. what a very nice man.

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I had blended or forgotten some of the events of 94 until reliving them here. Some great moments, some tragic. Having listened to Matchett in TV for years made the words even more interesting, better than just reading I imagine.

Anyone with an interest in detail and precision for motor racing can relive the moments as if there. At least I did! As with most enjoyable things I’ll be listening to it again and likely picking up even more detail.

Definitely better all round than anticipated. Well done Mr Matchett, we miss you on F1 TV in California.


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Phenomenal

An absolutely incredible look into the life of....well, really, any race mechanic. But, more specifically, an F1 mechanic. I’ve never so taken away by a book. And I don’t know that anything will top this one.

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An excellent accounting of the 1994 season!

If you are a Formula 1 fan, you must get this book... Steve is well versed in the world of F1 and his insights and observations are vital to understanding what really goes on behind the scenes. His writing is crisp and clean... and hearing the book in his voice is outstanding...