Lifetime with Cars

9780952586302: Lifetime with Cars
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From the Archive of MotorSport, October 1999: "The world of motorsport has lost one of its most charismatic and enduring stars with the death of Alec Francis Rivers-Fletcher, one of the last links to the Bentley Boys of the 1920s. Known to motoring enthusiasts throughout the world simply as 'Rivers' and a Brooklands race track habitué from his early teens, his big chance came in 1928 when Malcolm Campbell needed a riding 'mechanic' small enough to squeeze into his monoposto Grand Prix Delage. The 15 year old Rivers got a seat more on account of his size and bravery than any mechanical ability and the pair were the first to take the chequered flag. Signing autographs after the race decided the boy's career among cars and racing stars and Rivers became apprenticed at Bentley Motors under the tutelage of WO Bentley himself. By his penetrating look alone. recalled Rivers,WO could wither any apprentice caught mistreating a tool or a casting - no words were needed. Rivers went on to work closely with great drivers such as Raymond Mays, Woolf Barnato, Dr DJ Benjafield, Sammy Davis, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss,Jackie Stewart, Froilan Gonzalez and Richie Ginther. He later become known as a motorsport documentary film maker - he was a pre-war pioneer of colour cinema, a writer, journalist and broadcaster. Less acknowledged are his efforts in keeping the spirit of motor racing alive during the war. He organised the very first post-war event and served as Assistant Clerk of the Course at the British Grand Prix. Until his death he was the chairman of the ERA racing car club. A rare 'double member' of the British Racing Drivers' Club (his organisational work was recognised by Earl Howe who appointed him associate and patron, and he later become a racing member after his successes at the wheel of a Grand Prix Bugatti) Rivers inspired as much affection as he did respect."

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Rivers FletcherRivers Fletcher
Published by Vintage Car Publishers (1995)
ISBN 10: 0952586304 ISBN 13: 9780952586302
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Book Description Vintage Car Publishers, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. An excellent guilt edged book packed full of period black and white photos of rare and exotic cars, intermingled with comment and tales by Rivers. A must for any serious fan of the Bentley Boys. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # GrpD1-12a

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