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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845842308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845842307
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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.


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IAN Wagstaff is one of our favourite authors, and he researches and writes his books superbly. This biography on Tony Robinson ... is no exception. There's information on Robinson's early life, anecdotes from colleagues and brilliantly detailed race reports, plus stunning pictures and huge depth. A great read for Fl fans. --Auto Express

Grand Prix racing has changed beyond all recognition in the past 50 years, a fact underlined by this biography's superb opening chapter ... entertaining, and the pictures are highly evocative. --Classic & Sports Car (UK)

Filled with fascinating accounts of life behind the scenes of big time racing in the '50s and '60s, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of this period of the sport's history. --Vintage Racecar/Vintage Roadcar

The anecdotes flow thick & fast in this readable and entertaining book. New Zealand Classic Car --New Zealand Classic Car

Filled with fascinating accounts of life behind the scenes of big time racing in the '50s and '60s, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of this period of the sport's history. --Vintage Racecar/Vintage Roadcar

About the Author

Freelance journalist Ian Wagstaff won the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his 2006 book, The British at Le Mans. This was followed, in 2010, by The British at Indianapolis. He wrote for Autosport and Motoring News before becoming press and promotions manager at Silverstone in the late 1970s. His current work for titles such as Racecar Engineering and Zytek Motorsport takes him to races throughout Europe and the USA. In addition to his work in racing, he has also written extensively on the automotive components industry, and has won the Pierre Dreyfus award for his work with The Economist Intelligence Unit.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W BRIGHAM on 8 Oct. 2012
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A good read and good value for money. I would have liked more technical detail on the work done (as in the Alf Francis book ). The detail in the first chapter on the 1957 German Grand Prix was excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Tison on 28 Mar. 2013
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Motor racing seen from the mechanics' angle.
The story of BRP. from F2 to Indy, is interesting to read. Not very often this subject is treated.
Tony Robinson is the unsung hero of that period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By c m preston on 9 Feb. 2013
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Quite a good read but not a patch on the Alf Francis biography.Lacked detailed technical information and the stories of relationships between drivers , mechanics, owners, and sponsers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. C. Anderson on 18 Dec. 2012
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I found this a very engrossing book. A very welcome addition to my motor sport library.
Get it soon, well worth the modest outlay.
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