As a newbie diecast race car collector, I need good reference material to be able to identify and familiarize myself with a plethora of race cars, especially the more obscure and forgotten race cars of yore. Actual photographs are indispensable for this purpose but not always helpful in scrutinizing car details, an aspect in which I find well rendered, accurate illustrations particularly helpful, if not just plain nicer to look at. This book Mythical Formula One has those illustrations. They are cleanly and painstakingly made, and accurate as far as I can see. They are a joy to behold.
But wait. The beauty of this book does not stop there. The truth is, I was reluctant at first to buy the book because the word "Mythical" in its title led me to suspect it might only be another repository of the usual popular and famous cars like Lauda's Ferrari 312 T2 or Senna's Lotus 99T. Illustrations of these cars abound everywhere. While this book does these cars justice, it lunges for the trophy by including less known and downright obscure (but still historically interesting) cars. Take the Rebaque HR100, Brett Lunger's McLaren M23 and Lella Lombardi's March 751 as but three examples.
Lastly, this book makes for a good read. Correa projects himself not only as a talented artist and knowledgeable F1 aficionado, but a witty one as well. History is not just retold, technical specifications are not just spewed out. They are presented in interesting context that lead one to see them in a new light. Chew on these subtitles to whet your appetite: The Weaker Sex? (Divina Galica), Arrogant Noses (Tyrell 019), and Long Live the Depression (Lotus 79).
I am not claiming to have read hundreds of F1 books and will not compare this one with any. What I will claim is I enjoy this book and will proudly show it to my fellow collectors. Too bad it is not an autographed edition.