||Amon has long been a favorite of true racing enthusiasts. While he’s often noted for
his hard luck—in a thirteen-year F1 career he never won a championship Grand Prix
—among knowledgeable fans and fellow drivers he is still universally respected for
his speed, skill, and sportsmanship on the track. Away from it, Amon’s quick wit
and easygoing demeanor made him popular with the media and later a mentor to
younger drivers and newcomers to the sport.
While Amon and Ferrari take center stage, 1967 also looks at the other drivers,
teams, and events that shaped the campaign for the championship. The book
includes observations and memories from such leading drivers as John Surtees and
Dan Gurney, as well as informed insiders like Amon’s countryman Howden Ganley,
Enzo Ferrari’s assistant Brenda Vernor, and Grand Prix star Eva Marie Saint. It also
goes beyond Amon’s time with Ferrari, covering both his early years with the
Cooper and Parnell teams, his 1966 victory at Le Mans with Bruce McLaren, and his
later career with March and Matra.
Amon worked closely with author John Julian to explain exactly what it was like to
compete at the highest level during a unique moment in motorsports history, and
his first-hand recollections give the book a very personal quality. Julian’s vibrant
prose and extended quotes from key characters make 1967 a fast-paced read, with
a wealth of photographs adding atmosphere and excitement. And while the book
includes enough detail to satisfy the most serious fan, it also offers a wider view of
a bygone era by noting other events in the news, popular songs of the day, and
local details about each major race.