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Gerry Marshall: His Authorised Biography Hardcover – 8 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Jeremy Walton, a well-respected freelance motoring writer, wrote the classic Gerry Marshall book Only Here for the Beer, his first book, in 1979 and has since written over 30 motoring books. Gregor Marshall, Gerry's son, has a comprehensive archive of photographs and memorobilia from his father's racing career.
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"Gerry Marshall was a legendary figure in British motorsport from the mid-1960s until his death in 2005. A larger-than-life character in every way, Gerry's outrageous behaviour, humour, outspokenness and legendary capacity for alcohol combined to ensure that no social event with his presence will ever be forgotten, while his amazing car control, tenacity and natural showmanship provided wonderful entertainment for thousands of racegoers over a 40-year career in which he won more than 600 races. This lavishly illustrated tribute will be treasured by all of Gerry's fans."
This book fills in very comprehensively Gerry's earlier career in Minis (where he once proudly beat Roger Williamson's Anglia before Roger moved up to F3 then F1- see "The Lost Generation") and also in TVRs and Elans.
The book accompanies Gerry into Historic racing, and continues through the 80s and 90s right up to his death in 2004, with a great variety of period photos, personal accounts of his sometimes complicated private life, his friendships with people like Tony Lanfranchi, Barrie Williams and Roger Clark, a complete race results listing compiled by his son Gregor, and even extracts from his funny and informative magazine columns in Motor and Triple C.
An excellent account of the busy life of a formidable racer, a well written and very enjoyable mix of narrative, photos, personal comments, and facts & figures.
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