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DOCTOR ON THE GRID
Dr Tony Goodwin
Foreword by Bruno Senna
(February 2012)

Dr Tony Goodwin's autobiography should be an inspiration for anyone who believes their quest to go motor racing has been thwarted by lack of funds or opportunity. His life story proves that a combination of passion, determination, adrenaline, relentless energy and endurance, while being prepared to suffer discomfort and at times to indulge in the life of a nomad, was all it took to indulge in the seemingly impossible -- to embrace a demanding medical career with a passionately active hobby which saw him race on the proverbial shoestring 463 times in 21 countries throughout Europe, Asia, South Africa and America over six decades.

His medical career took him from Guy's Hospital into general practice in the Home Counties, on to an RAF short-service commission in the Far East, back to medical partnerships in the UK and on to specialisation in aircrew testing at Gatwick Airport. But this much-travelled medic covered far more ground in his 'other life' as a prolific amateur racing driver, driven by his unquenchable passion for motorsport.

Finally retired, he retains his links with motor racing as President of the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association and through his racing driver son Chris, who like his father contrives to handle two 'day jobs', as chief test and development driver for McLaren Automotive and as manager of the Brazilian F1 driver Bruno Senna, who has contributed the Foreword to this evocative book.

Chapters:
Broadway 90
Eleven Seventy-two
Monte Carlo or bust
Go East young man
Macau
Gipsy
Another door opens
Tests of endurance
'Big D'
Martin
Indian summer
Repeat prescription
The fever returns
The flag is out

184 pages * 250 x 207mm * over 150 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-44-4
£35.00

 

POETRY IN MOTION
Autobiography of a supreme grand prix driver
Tony Brooks
(March 2012)

It has taken 15 years of relentless persuasion to convince Tony Brooks that he should write his autobiography. In the 1950s he revealed himself to be one of Britain's foremost grand prix drivers, yet throughout his career he shunned publicity, preferring to let his on-track performances speak for themselves. This is why Sir Stirling Moss, on many occasions his team-mate in Formula One and sports car races, has described him as "the greatest 'little known' driver of all time".

His motor racing career began at Goodwood in 1952 at the wheel of his mother's Healey Silverstone sports car. Three years later, having never previously sat in a Formula One car, he drove a Connaught to victory in the Syracuse Grand Prix, beating the entire Maserati works team at a time when the Italians dominated the sport; it was the first GP victory for a British car and driver for 31 years.

Tony's unique combination of speed and smoothness, which has inspired his choice of Poetry in Motion as the title of his book, was to lead to works drives with Aston Martin, BRM, Vanwall and Ferrari, bringing him Grand Prix and sports car victories on Europe's three most challenging circuits - Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring and Monza.

Through his extensive autobiography, he explores in great detail the fundamental differences between the hazardous sport of motor racing in his day with the safety and electronically aided business environment in which Formula One operates today. From an era when death on the track was all too commonplace, he survived two major accidents to complete a career trilogy embracing dentistry, motor racing and the motor business. Now retired, he retains strong links with the sport and is frequently to be seen at major events which honour the history of the sport and its participants.

Chapters:
Learning the hard way
Catching the bug
Cutting my teeth
First steps on the ladder
A taste of the big time
Flying without wings
The breakthrough
BRM baptism
Love and disaster
Ciao BRM, ciao Vanwall
Spa'Ring partners
Racing the Polizia
Spa's healing waters
The Eifel challenge
A classic trilogy
By 'royal appointment'
Peaks and troughs
Ferrari on strike!
Six down, two to go
Missed sabbatical
BRM again!
A podium for a swansong
Driving into the sunset

276 pages * 273 x 215mm * 250 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-83-7
£49.50

 
FROM DRAWING BOARD
TO CHEQUERED FLAG

Tony Southgate

This is the autobiography of one of the world’s most famous, accomplished and versatile racing car designers, whose professional career has embraced Formula One, sports-racing and endurance racing cars and has even included an international rally challenger.

In an unmatched career that spanned almost five decades of high-end motorsport, he helped to create a wide variety of state-of-the-art single-seater and sports cars for many of the prominent specialist teams, such as Lola, Brabham, Eagle, BRM, Shadow, Lotus, Arrows and Theodore, and in endurance racing he contributed to the international competition successes of major teams such as Ford, Jaguar, Toyota, Ferrari, Nissan and Audi.

Cars that started their lives on Tony Southgate’s drawing board have won what is widely recognized as the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport – the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Major success on the race track came early in his career, which got him off to a great start and meant that he was always in demand. Throughout his professional life he was admired for his clear thinking and a spirit of innovation that ensured that whether they were instantly successful or not, his new designs were always interesting.

This important autobiography is packed with fascinating insights into the development of racing car design and engineering during the second half of the 20th century. But it is also a very personal story, revealing that for Tony Southgate, life at the cutting edge of motorsport was always an adventure. He writes about the high-pressure demands of his job as a designer, of moments of euphoria and occasionally of great sadness, and he records many fascinating anecdotes of times spent with some of the sport’s most compelling personalities he encountered along the way during his long journey though the sport.

Chapters:
1940-62: Growing up
1962-67: Making a start
1967-69: Over to the USA
1969-71: Back home at Bourne
1971-72: Breakthrough with BRM
1972-73: Creating Shadows
1974-76: More success in the USA
1976: ‘The White Tornado’
1977: Skirts and wings
1977: A tempting offer
1977-78: Laws and orders
1979-80: A different approach
1980-82: The Teddy and Sid show
1982-83: From F1 to Group C
1983-84: The rally game
1984-85: Endurance with TWR
1986-87: Group C breakthrough
1988: Mission accomplished
1989-90: Turning to turbos
1990-91: A different culture
1991-93: Transmission troubles
1994-95: A Ferrari for IMSA
1996: Increasing Storm force
1996: Le Mans with Ferrari
1996-98: More TWR and tunnels
1998-99: Teutonic technology
1999-2000: A fitting finale
Retirement: Time for reflections

240 pages * 273 x 215mm * over 250 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-82-0
£45.00

   
To Finish First

TO FINISH FIRST
My years inside Formula One, Can-Am and Indy 500 racing with Cooper, Brabham and McLaren
Phil Kerr
Foreword by Sir Jack Brabham, OBE
Final words by Bernie Ecclestone

A life-long friend and former co-director of Sir Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren reveals the inside story behind the successes and tragedies, the deals and disasters, of the Cooper, Brabham and McLaren teams during the 1960s and ’70s, a period widely recognised today as the golden years of international motor racing.

This lavishly produced book fills an important gap in the history of top-level motor racing during an historic era. The author was at the centre of it all, first as Sir Jack Brabham’s right-hand man during his leadership of the Cooper team, and later when he formed his own Brabham Racing Organisation. Subsequently, when Phil Kerr joined his great friend Bruce McLaren to lead an ever expanding company and achieve unrivalled success in Can-Am racing as well as being at the forefront of Formula One, Kerr and his colleagues had to cope with the tragedy of the founder’s untimely death while testing a car at Goodwood. The author’s description of how the shattered team was saved and ultimately restored by the bravery of Bruce’s co-driver Denny Hulme, already sidelined by agonising burns to his hands, is a poignant highlight of his elegantly written manuscript of more than 120,000 words. Printed on high-quality art paper and beautifully illustrated, with a balanced mix of racing and off-duty pictures, many being seen for the first time, in addition to 15 reproductions of the paintings by the renowned artist Michael Turner, this is a handsome book offered at an attractively low price.

Chapters:
Bruce and I look ahead
With Jack Brabham in England
It gets better with Brabham
Denny Hulme arrives
Jack goes out on his own
Brabham Racing Organisation
Brabham breakthrough
Jack and Denny World Champions
Back to the future with Bruce
The 1968 Belgian Grand Prix
The Bruce and Denny Show
Major deals or no deals?
The Alfa Romeo experiment
Tragedy
Road to recovery
Colour me Yardley
Farewell to Can-Am
Yardley McLaren success
The Marlboro-Texaco deal
World Champion
Bernie makes his mark
End of an era
Full circle

384 pages * 250 x 188mm * approx 240 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-81-3
£29.95

   
OUT IN FRONT:
The Leslie Ballamy Story
Tony Russell

Biography of one of the unsung heroes of the British motorsporting and high-performance motoring scenes, a prolific designer whose suspension and engine conversions were only part of a repertoire which made a huge impact on competition drivers both before and after World War Two. The letters LMB (Ballamy’s initials) were at one time as well known as MG. Chapters: The early days; The first Ballamy special; L.M.B.’s reputation spreads; Brooklands and diversification; The Bentley and the Ford V8; L.M.B. and Sydney Allard; The Type 37 Bugatti; The early LMB Ford specials; Ballamy fights his corner; L.M.B. and the war effort; The Caterham years; Epoch tales and the factory that never was; Leslie moves on; The Guildford years; LMB cars on the track; Business ventures and the new Guildford factory; The new chassis and the Debonair; Back at the works; Some thoughts on vehicle suspension; The end of one era . . . ; . . . and the beginning of another; The final years; The epilogue.

176 pages * 246 x 186mm * 215 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-69-1
£19.99
   
'HAWKEYE’:
The rapid and outrageous life of the Australian racing
driver Paul Hawkins
Ivan McLeod

Few drivers have hit the headlines quite like Paul Hawkins, whose exploits on the race track were matched by his prowess for causing social mayhem out of the car. He crashed a Formula One Lotus into the harbour of Monte Carlo, but his real forte was sports car racing, where he was a factory driver for Ford, Ferrari and Porsche all in one season. His tragic death in a fiery accident at Oulton Park robbed motor racing of one of its most colourful characters, as the author reminds us in this tribute to an unquenchable spirit and a fun-loving character.
Chapters: Son of a preacher man; Up, up and away . . . ; It’s now or never; Heard it on the grapevine; Wheels of fire; Surfin’ USA; The big rock candy mountain; Sittin’ on top of the world; I’ve got to get out of this place; Everyone’s gone to the moon. Appendices: Just a thought . . . ; Paul Hawkins’ race record.

176 pages * 234 x 156mm * 40 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-67-7
£15.99
   
WORKS WONDERS:
Rallying and Racing with BMC, Rootes and Chrysler
Marcus Chambers, Foreword by Stuart Turner

This is a top competition manager’s view of a golden age of motorsport – the Fifties and Sixties – when he was centre-stage on the international scene. It was a time when you could buy a car from a manufacturer’s catalogue, take it to a tuning shop, stick a set of numbers on the side and go racing and rallying with it. Read about the Monte Carlo, Alpine, Liège-Rome-Liège and Acropolis rallies, the London-Sydney Marathon, and the Le Mans 24-Hours and Sebring 12-Hours races, of competing against the odds and a deeply etched code of sportsmanship. An enthralling tale. Chapters: What’s it all about?; The organization; The people who made it all happen; The Le Mans 24-Hours race; The Monte Carlo Rally; The Tulip Rally; The Acropolis Rally; The Alpine Rally; the Liège-Rome-Liège Rally; The RAC Rally of Great Britain; The Portuguese and other rallies; Long-distance records; The Sebring races; Interlude; My return to motorsport; Rallying with the Tigers; The Imp’s struggle to success; Politics and problems; A Marathon finale. Appendices: BMC successes in international rallies and races, 1955-1961; BMC Competition Department policy; Liège-Sofia-Liège briefing notes; Liège-Sophia-Liège spares listing; Stelvio Pass timing notes.

320 pages * 224 x 148mm * 70 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-0-947981-94-5
£9.99

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