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.