Ken Tyrrell: The Authorised Biography

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9780007143764: Ken Tyrrell: The Authorised Biography

One of the most respected figures in Formula 1 for nearly four decades, Ken Tyrrell discovered Jackie Stewart and went on to win 33 grands prix and three world championships as an independent team owner.

Despite many requests, Ken Tyrrell would never agree to publishing his autobiography. 'People would not be interested,' he said. The subsequent fulsome obituaries and massive turnout at his memorial service after his death in October 2001 indicated otherwise.

Tyrrell was held in high regard across the motor racing community. His biography, written by leading motor racing journalist Maurice Hamilton and with the blessing of his family, provides an excellent expose of the man himself, and an intriguing insight into the drama and excitement of the world of Formula 1.

The former timber merchant arrived late on the F1 scene at the age of 28. Early successes in the 1950s were followed by a move into team management, where he scraped and scrounged the money to build his own F1 team. His biographer charts Tyrrell's dramatic debut, how he persuaded a young Jackie Stewart to join his new team, a triumphant World Championship win in only their second season, and how the car, with Stewart at the wheel, went on to win 25 grands prix for the team.

The book goes behind the scenes at the team HQ in Surrey, where Tyrrell built his prototype six-wheeled F1 car under cloak-and-dagger secrecy. It examines Tyrrell's relationship with drivers such as Jody Scheckter, Ronnie Peterson and Stewart, and his vital role in the development of the sport. And it delves into the murkier side of F1 – the politics, the battles between the have's and the have-nots – as well as Tyrrell's moving battle against the cancer that eventually took his life.

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‘He was one of Formula 1’s greatest figures and was truly loved for the passion he brought to the sport’ Martin Brundle

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Despite many requests, Ken Tyrrell would never agree to publishing his autobiography. 'People would not be interested,' he said. The subsequent fulsome obituaries and massive turnout at his memorial service after his death in October 2001 indicated otherwise.

Tyrrell was held in high regard across the motor racing community. His biography, written by leading motor racing journalist Maurice Hamilton and with the blessing of his family, provides an excellent expose of the man himself, and an intriguing insight into the drama and excitement of the world of Formula 1.

The former timber merchant arrived late on the F1 scene at the age of 28. Early successes in the 1950s were followed by a move into team management, where he scraped and scrounged the money to build his own F1 team. His biographer charts Tyrrell's dramatic debut, how he persuaded a young Jackie Stewart to join his new team, a triumphant World Championship win in only their second season, and how the car, with Stewart at the wheel, went on to win 25 grands prix for the team.

The book goes behind the scenes at the team HQ in Surrey, where Tyrrell built his prototype six-wheeled F1 car under cloak-and-dagger secrecy. It examines Tyrrell's relationship with drivers such as Jody Scheckter, Ronnie Peterson and Stewart, and his vital role in the development of the sport. And it delves into the murkier side of F1 – the politics, the battles between the have's and the have-nots – as well as Tyrrell's moving battle against the cancer that eventually took his life.

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