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This book fills an important gap in the history of top-level motor racing during the historic era of the 1960s and 70s. The author was at the center of it all, first as Sir Jack Brabham's right-hand man during his leadership of the Cooper team, and later when he formed his own Brabham Racing Organization. Subsequently, when Phil Kerr joined his great friend Bruce McLaren, to become joint managing director of an ever expanding company, which was to achieve unrivalled success in Can-Am racing as well as being at the forefront of Formula One, he and his colleagues had to cope with the tragedy of the founder's untimely death while testing a Can-Am car at Goodwood. The author's description of how the shattered team was saved and ultimately restored by the bravery of Bruce's co-driver Denny Hulme, already sidelined by agonizing burns to his hands, is a poignant highlight of his story. Includes a balanced mix of racing and off-duty pictures, many being seen for the first time and 15 reproductions of paintings by the renowned artist Michael Turner.

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Written by a life-long friend of Sir Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren reveals the inside stories behind the successes and tragedies, the deals and disasters, of the Cooper, Brabham and McLaren teams during the 1960s and 70s, a period widely recognized today as the golden years of international motor racing.

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This book fills an important gap in the history of top-level motor racing during the historic era of the 1960s and 70s. The author was at the center of it all, first as Sir Jack Brabham's right-hand man during his leadership of the Cooper team, and later when he formed his own Brabham Racing Organization. Subsequently, when Phil Kerr joined his great friend Bruce McLaren, to become joint managing director of an ever expanding company, which was to achieve unrivalled success in Can-Am racing as well as being at the forefront of Formula One, he and his colleagues had to cope with the tragedy of the founder's untimely death while testing a Can-Am car at Goodwood. The author's description of how the shattered team was saved and ultimately restored by the bravery of Bruce's co-driver Denny Hulme, already sidelined by agonizing burns to his hands, is a poignant highlight of his story. Includes a balanced mix of racing and off-duty pictures, many being seen for the first time and 15 reproductions of paintings by the renowned artist Michael Turner.

About the Author

Sir Jack Brabham is a Triple World Champion Formula 1 driver in Cooper and Brabham cars and an elder statesman of the historic motor racing scene.
Phil Kerr was Sir Jack Brabham's partner during his World Championship-winning years, first with Cooper and then with the Brabham Racing Organization before joining his friend Bruce McLaren as joint managing director of a team which combined Formula 1 with domination of Can-Am racing and the Indy 500 scene. Today he continues to honor his late partner's memory through his McLaren memorabilia business in his native New Zealand. Sir Jack Brabham is a Triple World Champion Formula 1 driver in Cooper and Brabham cars and an elder statesman of the historic motor racing scene.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781899870813
Subtitle:
My years inside Formula One, Can-Am and Indy 500 racing with Cooper, Brabham and McLaren
Author:
Kerr, Phil
Foreword by:
Brabham, Jack
Foreword:
Brabham, Jack
Author:
Brabham, Jack
Publisher:
Motor Racing Publications
Subject:
Automotive - General
Subject:
Motor Sports
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Automotive-Racing
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080501
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
240 color and b/w ill
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10 x 7.5 x 1.25 in 3.06 lb

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Written by a life-long friend of Sir Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren reveals the inside stories behind the successes and tragedies, the deals and disasters, of the Cooper, Brabham and McLaren teams during the 1960s and 70s, a period widely recognized today as the golden years of international motor racing.
"Synopsis" by ,
This book fills an important gap in the history of top-level motor racing during the historic era of the 1960s and 70s. The author was at the center of it all, first as Sir Jack Brabham's right-hand man during his leadership of the Cooper team, and later when he formed his own Brabham Racing Organization. Subsequently, when Phil Kerr joined his great friend Bruce McLaren, to become joint managing director of an ever expanding company, which was to achieve unrivalled success in Can-Am racing as well as being at the forefront of Formula One, he and his colleagues had to cope with the tragedy of the founder's untimely death while testing a Can-Am car at Goodwood. The author's description of how the shattered team was saved and ultimately restored by the bravery of Bruce's co-driver Denny Hulme, already sidelined by agonizing burns to his hands, is a poignant highlight of his story. Includes a balanced mix of racing and off-duty pictures, many being seen for the first time and 15 reproductions of paintings by the renowned artist Michael Turner.
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