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A Life of Chance

ALAN MANN - A LIFE OF CHANCE
The story of the fabulous racing Fords
Alan Mann in collaboration with Tony Dron
(November 2012)

Alan Mann was one of the great motor racing team managers of the 1960s. A successful race driver himself, he played a key role in Ford’s ‘Total Performance’ programme, preparing and running iconic cars like Ford Falcons, Mustangs, Cobras, GT40s, Cortinas and Escorts for racing and rallying and building the sensational Ford F3L sports-prototype and monster Can-Am racers. His drivers included star names such as Frank Gardner, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Jackie Stewart and John Whitmore. This is his personal story of one of the most exciting eras of motor sport.

To produce his autobiography, Alan Mann collaborated with author and racing driver Tony Dron. The work was completed late in 2011 and Alan Mann died, after a long illness, early in 2012. Alan Mann Racing lives on, fielding cars in historic events, with Alan’s son Henry continuing its success on the race tracks.

Tony Dron worked with Alan Mann for several years in the preparation of the book. He says in the introduction: ‘From Day One in 1964, Alan Mann Racing was preparing and running a huge variety of Ford cars for many of the greatest drivers of the day. Alan’s remarkable recall of detail brought the story to life for me.’

The book includes a comprehensive results supplement covering every event in which Alan Mann Racing (and its predecessor Alan Andrews Racing) participated from 1962 to 1969.

Chapters:
Growing up in World War Two
A painful life-changing accident
My bid to become a grand Prix star
A summer season on the water
It’s back home and down to work
Avoiding the hazard of backmarkers
Rural idyll with The Wayside Garage
The promising link with Ford begins
Team boss, I decide to go it alone
Setting up a world-class Ford team
Falcons, Mustangs and Cortinas
An enjoyable interlude in Argentina
John Whitmore, European Champion
World GT Championship for Ford
Whitmore retires at the very top
A missed opportunity to progress
The painful path of development
Ford finally triumphs at Le Mans
We move from Cortinas to Escorts
Revealing our vision of the future
Mator disaster at the Nurburgring
Challenges in the film business
Project 77, Honker II and Can-Am
Alan Mann racing is revived
Event-by-event history

268 pages * 273 X 215mm * 220 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-85-1
£45.00

 
Doctor on the Grid

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

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

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

   
The British at LeMans
THE IDEAL
GIFT BOOK
THE BRITISH AT LE MANS
85 Years of Endeavour
Ian Wagstaff, Foreword by Derek Bell MBE

Every year, scores of British drivers converge on Le Mans to compete in the world’s most gruelling motor race; hundreds more support them in the pits and paddock, and many thousands of Union Jack-waving enthusiasts make their annual pilgrimage to cheer them on from the grandstands and spectator terraces. These are their stories of what many regard as the ‘British race held in France’.

In 32 chapters and scores of side bars, THE BRITISH AT LE MANS pays tributes not only to the people who sat behind the wheel, but to all who have shared in their successes and disappointments over the years. Car designers, engineers, team managers, timekeepers, flag marshals, truckies, caterers, press officers, journalists, broadcasters, photographers and cameramen are all part of the support troops for the annual battle against the 24-hour clock and the foreign opposition, but are all too often forgotten when the champagne corks are released. In this wide-ranging book, the author takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal their stories behind the stories, many of them as fascinating as the main drama played out on the track.

Chapters
The British at Le Mans 1923-1930
W.O.’ and the Bentleys
Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin
What makes it so British?
The British at Le Mans 1931-1939
Hindmarsh and the Lagondas
Marcus Chambers
The enthusiasts
The British at Le Mans 1949-1958
The C-type and D-type Jaguars
Rolt and Hamilton
Ecurie Ecosse
The British at Le Mans 1959-1969
The Rover-BRM
Jackie Oliver
John Wyer
The British at Le Mans 1970-1981
The Gulf GR8 and the Cosworth DFV
Richard Attwood
The British on film
The British at Le Mans 1982-1991
Tony Southgate and the Silk Cut Jaguars
Derek Bell
Gordon Spice and the C2s
The British at Le Mans 1992-1998
Gordon Murray and the McLaren F1 GTR
Andy Wallace
The class contenders
The British at Le Mans 1999-2005
Return of the green cars
Guy Smith
The green goes green
Appendices: British drivers at Le Mans
British cars at Le Mans

280 pages * 286 x 236mm * over 400 b&w and colour illustrations * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-80-6
£40.00

   
BRM Vol 1 BRM: THE SAGA OF BRITISH RACING MOTORS
Volume 1: Front-engined cars 1945-1960
Doug Nye and Tony Rudd

An award-winning book having been described as the most detailed and authoritative history of a grand prix team ever published, this first volume of a planned four-volume set covers BRM’s tortured birth, the complexities of the troublesome V16 cars and their replacement with the 4-cylinder 2.5-litre cars of the 1950s. The team’s creator Raymond Mays, its great benefactor Alfred Owen and BRM drivers of the calibre of Moss, Fangio, Brooks and Gonzales figure prominently in this remarkable saga, for which the authors have had access to and permission to reproduce documents from the company’s private archive.

432 pages * 273 x 215mm * 411 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-0-947981-37-2
£70.00
   
BRM Vol 2 BRM: THE SAGA OF BRITISH RACING MOTORS
Volume 2: Spaceframe Cars 1959-1965
Doug Nye and Tony Rudd

An award-winning book having been described as the most detailed and authoritative history of a grand prix team ever published, this first volume of a planned four-volume set covers BRM’s tortured birth, the complexities of the troublesome V16 cars and their replacement with the 4-cylinder 2.5-litre cars of the 1950s. The team’s creator Raymond Mays, its great benefactor Alfred Owen and BRM drivers of the calibre of Moss, Fangio, Brooks and Gonzales figure prominently in this remarkable saga, for which the authors have had access to and permission to reproduce documents from the company’s private archive.

368 pages * 273 x 215mm * 380 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-00-4
£70.00
   
BRM Vol 3 BRM: THE SAGA OF BRITISH RACING MOTORS
Volume 3: Monocoque V8 Cars 1963-1969
Doug Nye and Tony Rudd

Due for publication during 2007, this third volume will continue the BRM saga through the racing life of the monocoque Formula One and Tasman single-seaters and sportscars of the mid-Sixties, offering the same dedication to detail, accuracy and behind-the-scenes revelations which have earned the two previous volumes such high praise by reviewers and book collectors.

368 pages * 273 x 215mm * over 400 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-64-6
£80.00
   
Grand Prix Cars GRAND PRIX CARS 1945-65
Mike Lawrence

After outlining the formulas under which motor racing operated during the first 20 of the postwar years, the author amazes the reader by managing to assemble and describe, in alphabetical order, almost 100 different makes of racing car which took to the track during this period. As well as a reminder of the cars which dominated the scene, this book offers a fascinating journey around the constructors whose optimism, ingenuity and determination was not always match by the success they deserved. A remarkable work of reference from A.F.M. to Walker-Climax.

264 pages * 242 x 188mm * 214 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-39-4
£19.95
   
March MARCH:
The Rise and Fall of a Motor Racing Legend
Mike Lawrence, Foreword by Robin Herd CBE

This is a gripping and at times emotional story of four people – Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd – who began with little more than a telephone and a dream and created a racing team, designed a series of single-seater racing cars and built a factory in which to make them, all in the space of a few hectic months in 1969. Over the next few years they built and sold over 1500 cars, dominated the American racing scene, but fared less well in Formula One and eventually succumbed to the collapsing economic climate and ultimately factors beyond their control. It is a story without a happy ending, but an inspiring one nevertheless. Chapters: Silly season; The longest March begins with a single step; Lubricating the deal; Mad March days; March hares; Learning curve; Team shoestring; March makes the bones; Year of the lemon; Bavarian honeymoon; Formula Two steamroller; Ins and outs; Return of the Crown Prince; Drought of March; Big fish, small pond; March builds a Williams; March discovers America; The right package; Period of adjustment; Wearing the business suit; Sports car interlude; March versus Lola; Back to Formula One; Decline and fall; Dynasty II; La Ronde; Endgame. Appendix: March production and racing record.

272 pages * 270 x 198mm * 238 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-54-7
£27.50
   
Powered by Jaguar POWERED BY JAGUAR:
The Cooper, HWM, Lister and Tojeiro sports-racing cars
Doug Nye

This new and expanded edition of the author’s highly-respected history of these four makes of Jaguar-engined sports-racing cars incorporates a comprehensive 32-page chassis register, the result of painstaking research over several years into the ownership and competition life of all known cars, many of which have enjoying a second active life as the stars of the historic racing scene. An important addition to any serious motor racing library. Chapters: The Jaguar XK engine; The first Jaguar-powered specials; The HWM-Jaguars; The Cooper-Jaguars; The Tojeiro-Jaguars; The Lister-Jaguars; Later lives and Lister mysteries; On test; Chassis Register.

208 pages * 246 x 186mm * 190 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-77-6
£29.99
   
A Century of Grand Prx A CENTURY OF GP MOTOR RACING
Anthony Pritchard, Foreword by Sir Stirling Moss OBE

The author’s flowing text is interspersed with a compilation of contemporary writing to trace the history of Grand Prix racing from the heroic days of the pioneering era through to the technical sophistication of the last days of the 20th century. Contents: 1895-1914; The Roaring Twenties 1919-30; Alfa Romeo and the Silver Arrows 1931-40; The supremacy of the supercharger 1946-51; The substitute formula 1952-3; British racing revival 1954-60; At the expense of speed 1961-5; Return to power 1966-80; The turbocharged era 1981-88; The 3.5 and 3-litre era 1989-98.

272 pages * 248 x 198mm * 250 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-38-7
£19.95

   
No Time to Lose NO TIME TO LOSE:
The fast moving world of Bill Ivy
Alan Peck

Originally published in 1972 and reissued in a larger format in 1997, this book tells the story of one of Britain’s most popular motorcycle racers. Bill Ivy, a pocket rocket of a man, raced works Yamahas against team mate Phil Read and racing superstar Mike Hailwood to become World Champion and a legend of the Isle of Man TT races. He later raced on four wheels in Formula Two before returning to two wheels where tragically he met his death at the motorcycle Grand Prix of East Germany in 1969. Chapters: Born mobile; Ivy climbs up; Uncle Tom Kirby; Yamaha; Service and courage; William the conqueror
Just William and the image; The needle; Indecision; Motor racing and Jawa; Epilogue.

184 pages * 224 x 152mm * 40 illus * Hardback
ISBN 978-1-899870-21-9
£14.99

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