'Ian Wagstaff is one of our favourite authors, and he researches and writes his books superbly.' Auto Express.
Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and a former press officer at Silverstone circuit, he writes for a number of magazines in both Europe and the USA such as Autosport, Motor Sport, Racecar Engineering, Vintage Racecar and Classic Motoring. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book 'The British at Le Mans'. In 2012 he was awarded this trophy for the second time for a biography of former Stirling Moss/BRP/Cooper mechanic Tony Robinson. He was also given the Guild's Pierre Dreyfus Award in 1986 for work with the Economist Intelligence Unit.
A follow-up to his Le Mans book, entitled 'The British at Indianapolis', was published in October 2010 and, like 'The British at Le Mans', has been Octane magazine's 'Book of the Month'. The day before the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association gave this its 'Book of the Year' award. He has twice been shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards.
In 2011, his 'Audi R8' was published by Veloce. This was followed by the Tony Robinson biography, another 'Octane 'Book of the Month', and a Haynes 'manual' on the Lotus 72. Ian has since written a further three racecar 'manuals, on the McLaren M23, Maserati 250F and the Lotus 49. His next book, to appear in mid-2015, will be a detailed 'auto-biography' on the 1970 Le Mans winning Porsche 917-023, which will be published by Porter Press International.
About the Author
Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. He writes for numerous magazines in both Europe and the USA, including Racecar Engineering, Race Engine Technology, Autosport and Motor Sport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book The British at Le Mans. He is the author of Haynes's Lotus 72 Manual, McLaren M23 Manual, and Maserati 250F Manual. He lives in Oxfordshire
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Got this book last week and sat down to enjoy reading it over the weekend. Or so I thought... The edition on this book is simply appalling and makes it almost impossible to read. The text from one page to the next simply does not follow through and you need to navigate the pages trying to find the linkage between words. I am not exaggerating. Just few examples: page 21 continues on page 24; the text on page 19 I still have not found out where it continues neither I know where the first column of text on page 20 comes from; I guess after page 26 one should continue with 22 although I am not completely sure... Seriously this is a bad joke. Pity for us enthusiasts and shame on the publishers. The subject deserves far better than this. Haynes needs to do something about this