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Motor Racing Heroes [Hardcover]

Robert John Newman
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15 April 2014
Covering almost 100 years of motor racing history, humanity, not simple statistics, is revealed here as the true source of the subjects heroism. Take André Boillot; so tired at the end of the 1919 Targa Florio, he made a silly mistake, spinning his car backwards across the finish line yet he still won. Or Grand Prix winners Robert Benoist, William Grover Williams and Jean-Pierre Wimille, all of whom became French resistance fighters during WWII. There s David Purley s valiant attempt at rescuing a trapped Roger Williamson by overturning Willamson s blazing march with his bare hands during the 1973 Grand Prix of Holland. And Alessandro Zanardi, who lost both his legs in a CART accident, yet still came back to win races. The lighter side of motor sport is also here, with Giannino Marzotto, who won the 1950 Mille Miglia wearing an immaculate double-breasted suit. Or Giovanni Bracco, who won the 1952 Mille Miglia as he swigged from a bottle of red wine! There are so many heroes and heroines in this sport. This book is about 100 of them.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845847482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845847487
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The text is tautly written and rich in detail ... I enjoyed this personal reflection on some of motor racing's most vibrant characters. --F1 Fanatic

LOOKING in depth at motorsport s most celebrated characters, this book is made all the better by PR man Robert Newman s experience rubbing shoulders with racing s household names ... Fascinating --Auto Express

A fascinating journey with the many varied characters who raced, won and sadly often died as the sport changed so much over the years. --Club Lotus News

A useful reference source for anybody whose interest in history has just been stirred ... very much a personal interpretation of heroism a better option than adhering to familiar clichés. --Motor Sport

It is a very personal selection of heroes and heroines from the incredibly brave to the downright quirky ... Fascinating stories about 100 heroes and heroines, some of whom you will know and others you won't. --Triumph World

About the Author

Born in Ashford, Kent, Robert Newman spent almost a decade in Melbourne Australia, where he avidly followed motor racing and, in particular, the careers of his personal heroes Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, who were to become major participants in his life many years later. On his return to the UK in 1955, Newman joined the Kentish Express in his home town as a reporter, later also acting as correspondent for The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and Southern TV and continued to be an avid fan of Fangio, Moss and motor racing in general. He graduated from the National Council for the Training of Journalists scheme in 1959 and in 1965 joined Pirelli Limited, the Italian firm s British subsidiary, as their press officer, during which time he worked with some of the stars of motor racing and rallying. In 1979, Newman was asked to move to Milan, Italy, as Pirelli s international PR manager and during his 13 years with the Italian headquarters he worked with many motor racing stars, including Fangio and Moss with whom he produced the book Fangio: a Pirelli Album written by Doug Nye and Stirling Moss. Other stars with whom he worked include Gigi Villoresi, Phil Hill, Tony Brooks, José Froilán Gonzalez, Karl Kling, Giannino Marzotto, Jack Brabham, John Surtees Ronnie Peterson, Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell plus world champion rally drivers Sandro Munari, Markku Alén, Bjorn Waldegard, Stig Blomqvist and others. In 1992, Newman became PR director of Pirelli s United States subsidiary and continued his association with the stars of motor racing. He toured South Africa with Juan Manuel Fangio that same year, translating for the five times world champion at special events and on television. In 1996, Newman retired to Italy, where he translates motor sport books from Italian into English for Giorgio Nada Editore of Milan and writes a monthly column on motor racing drivers and famous cars for the American magazine Vintage Racecar Journal.

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written in a nice style, a reccomendation for every mororsports enthousiast
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