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Watching the Wheels

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Paul Panting
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.

Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.

Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his teammate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. Hill was faced with swirling emotions in light of the death of Senna, which was a defining moment for his generation of drivers, and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing.

Courageously honest and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face of or near certain death.

©2016 Damon Hill (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Brilliant Job, Even Sounds like Damon!

Fantastic book, well worth a listen for any big F1 fan. Narrator sounds like Hill!

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Great Book

Loved it. My new hero. Damon Hill. Great insight to a crazy period of F1

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A really good listen about the craziness of F1

I couldn't put it down. Fantastic insight in behind the scenes of of an underrated world champ.

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A modest Formula 1 World Champion's moving story.

Thoroughly entertaining, and well narrated, Hill presents as a down-to-earth man who earned every single break, half-luck and, ultimately, also earned arguably the sports world's Top Prize: Formula 1 World Champion.

I learned much about Hill's background against his famous & glamorous father's accomplishments, and the punishing trauma for the whole family of his (father's) untimely death.

Owning every inch forward, against quite remarkable odds he moves up in unlikely steps through various formulae to the pinnacle of motor sport, taking chances with minor teams just to get a drive and get paid so that (literally) he could feed his family. In the end it all pays off, but even at that sparkling zenith of success he was questioned and disrespected by his own team, and others.

The drama continued beyond retirement, when demons long suppressed found space to fill his mind with doubt and grief, which he details in the book.

Happily, the book ends with his current good fortune and joyfulness in life, family by his side, as a Formula 1 expert commentator.

It left me highly respecting the man and his immense efforts to get where he got. I highly recommend this book.

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Honest

Great emotional story with some awesome F1 insights for any racing fans. Thanks Damon ☺

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  • C. Wicks
  • 01-12-2016

A Champion and a Gentleman

As a fan of Damon's back in the glory days of F1 it was humbling to be allowed to enjoy such a frank honest appraisal of his time in F1. It was fascinating to learn of his struggles in formula 1 within the context of the mental challenges he has been put through. From the years leading up to his father's tragic accident right the way through to his tough (and from the outside, confusing) final year at Jordan, this book is fascinating for its motoring and human insights.

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  • Christopher Horton
  • 10-05-2017

Watching The Wheels

Fascinating insight behind the scenes of Damon's career, highly recommended. A must for Formula One fans

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  • rob
  • 24-11-2016

great listen

Very good insight to Damons life.
the tears laughter and cheers for are F1 Champion.
only problem about chapter 20 Narrator ends the book ....

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  • Mr. Christopher Draper
  • 02-11-2016

URGENT EDITING REQUIRED

This is a brilliant book.

However 3 hours and 33 minutes left it is interrupted by several retakes of audio. The narrator says sorry a few times before re reading sections. PLEASE look at this before too many people download this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2016

Brilliant!

A really interesting and inspiring insight into Damons life experiences, mind and the world of Formula One. After reading this I respect his achievements even more, a true champion! Damon, thank you for sharing.

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  • Coffeeholic
  • 29-11-2016

Amazing - beyond my expectations

OK, I wouldn't normally read books about people. Books for me are fiction; escaping from reality. However, this book changed my view. The honesty, and intelligence with which it is written is extraordinary. I have. Nothing to say, but please read this!!! (What let's it down however, is the messy editing of the recording; leaving the middle part of the book confusing due to studio error I imagine; as an X broadcaster myself. I'm sure you will never read this Damon, but thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2019

Loved to watch Damon and still respect his accomplishments

A boring listen guaranteed to put any genuine F1 fan asleep with in minutes.The narrator is crap and monotone.

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  • Phil A
  • 14-08-2019

Outstanding

incredible warts and all story of an ordinary guy who was fought for greatness. he pulls no punches and leaves no stone unturned. highly recommended

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  • Gazza63ph
  • 23-07-2019

A good 📖

Love the story, as its the parts you do not see of hear about. Well told, but would have been better in one way if read by author. But still a good book

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  • Mr M W Fluke
  • 23-06-2019

Very insightful

I did not know half of what has gone on in Damon Hill’s life. Fantastic book highly recommend.