Who is Bernie Ecclestone? The family man? The shrewd but honest businessman? The controversial Labour Party donor? Or, as he has been described in the media, the Godfather of Formula One, the feared ringmaster of the motor-racing circus? This book reveals how the former schoolboy wheeler-dealer and second-hand car salesman became one of the richest men in the world. Interviews with Ecclestone's former colleagues and partners have revealed allegations of shadowy dealings, not all of which can be easily accounted for by envy and sour grapes. What emerges is a ruthless but brilliant businessman whose urge to dominate the industry has sometimes taken him close to the line with the authorities.