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Doctor on the Grid [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Tony Goodwin
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Book Description

6 Feb 2012
This story tells how Dr Tony Goodwin's passion for motor racing drove him to combine his medical career with 463 races in 21 countries and four continents over six decades. Through his autobiography the author recalls how by displaying a combination of passion, determination, adrenaline and relentless energy and the assistance of many equally dedicated friends he was able to combine a demanding profession with an unquenchable hobby.

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Motor Racing Publications Ltd (6 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899870849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899870844
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a rich picture of privateer life around Europe and the Far East, with amusing tales of earning a bonus for crossing the finish line backwards, or driving his F3 car into town when the van broke down..... It s clear that fun outweighed stress by a big margin' --Gordon Cruickshank, Motorsport Magazine

'an absorbing read, packed with anecdotes, which recalls in fascinating detail the cars, people and places on the club racing scene and beyond right across the decades, from the fifties to the present day' --Speedscene Magazine

' 'BOOK OF THE MONTH'…this is a fine book and a fun look at racing that is far removed from most big-name biographies' --Richard Heseltine, Octane Magazine

About the Author

The author's medical career took him from Guy's Hospital to general practice in the Home Counties, on to a Royal Air Force short-service commission in the Far East, back to surgical partnerships in the UK and on to specialisation in aircrew testing at Gatwick. 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 lives with his partner Marian in Warlingham, Surrey, but retains his link with motor racing as President of the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association and through his racing driver son Chris, who like his father also 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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Motorsport to many seems very glamorous and elitist. The average man in the street may feel that they can't get involved, or compete with the big boys. Tony shows that through determination, focus and a ingenuity you can get involved and sometimes play with the big boys.

The sacrifices that he and his mechanic and their families made, were well worth it, in that they created experiences that will live with them and their families forever.

If you are wanting to start out in Motorsport or find yourself struggling to make your way in the sport, this would be a worthwhile read as it'll highlight the ways in which you can progress even without money. If you enjoy motor racing tales and want to discover a little about the backgrounds to some of racings biggest names you'll also enjoy this book as told from someone who knew and dealt with them, when they were just starting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, entertaining read 9 Mar 2012
An entertaining read about this aspect of motorsport. Goodwin tells a great story and provides an interesting insight into his motor racing career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. DoMuch! 4 July 2012
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Fascinating insight into a busy life of dedication to a dream turned reality. So many memories recorded which will be shared and identified with by many readers. Thoroughly recommended read.
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