Recounting a time of unparalleled access to the highest level of motor-racing, this is an informal, personal record of the people, the cars, and the events from that golden era, gloriously illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.
Coverage includes GP and non-championship F1 racing, plus Formula 2 and 3, Sports, GT and Saloon car racing.
Now, a generation later, many of the cars and drivers shown here in their heyday can be found appearing at historic race meetings, drawing crowds approaching the size of those seen at modern Formula One, touring car, and motorcycle events.
The author's personal recollections are complemented by contributions from one of the foremost racing mechanics of his day, Bob Dance. A unique combination, and a unique book.
About the author
As a schoolboy Steve’s passion for motor racing was fired by watching early television broadcasts and studying racing coverage in his father’s motoring journals.
Employment allowed Steve to start visiting Brands Hatch which could be reached from home in Essex via bus, train, ferry, another bus, and a mile and a half walk!
Car ownership opened up an ever expanding range of circuits and events to be visited always armed with his camera. It was a natural step for Steve to become a track marshal, eventually going on to compete in a Ginetta G4 sports car followed by several seasons in 750 Fomula sports-racing cars.
Steve has worked in telecommunications, aviation, and office services. Now semi-retired Steve lives in Suffolk with his wife Carol, is a founder member of the Fressingfield Oily Rag Club (FORC), and regularly competes in classic saloon car racing in an Alfa Romeo.