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“The wry narrative style brings out not only the funny side of his many racing adventures, but puts the harsh realities of his personal and professional life in stark perspective.”
Bob Varsha (US motorsport TV commentator)

“Among my personal library of dozens of books by and about racing drivers and the sport we love, this is the best motorsports book I have ever read.”Jean Jennings (leading US motorsport journalist)

“It was said for a long time that Brian Redman didn’t want to write his autobiography because to do so would be to suggest that he had reached the end of his career. So those of us who longed to hear his tales and to imagine them related in that distinctive Lancastrian accent, had to sit on our hands and wait. And wait. But, as with all very good things, it’s been amazingly worthwhile.

   “...this is not a racer’s egotistical summary of his own greatness, but a like-it-was story shared by a man who, great though he undoubtedly was at the wheel, has forever remained a humble and real human being true to his roots and mores.David Tremayne, Grand Prix+ e-magazine

“Brian Redman’s long-awaited racing biography is a cracker. Frank, outspoken, amusing and often sad, it’s not only a colourful picture of one of our finest drivers, but a damn good read. Avoiding a year-by-year progression, Redman weaves biography with chapters on his highlight tracks, for example Spa, where he won four times and almost lost his life. He lucidly explains both the lure and the fear.

“Unusually, an epilogue by Redman’s wife Marion makes thoughtful points about her husband’s book – not least her summary: ‘The only way you could know more about... the racing life in this era was to have been there.’ She may well be right.”
Motor Sport

DARING DRIVERS, DEADLY TRACKS
A racer’s memoir of a dangerous decade: 1965–75 

SAMPLE CHAPTER READ NOW: CHAPTER 9 DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY


 

By Brian Redman with Jim Mullen

Foreword by Mario Andretti

Publication date: 10 March 2016

  • Format: 280x235mm
  • Hardback
  • Page extent: 300pp
  • Illustration: over 325 photographs, including colour
  • Word count: 70,000
 

  • Brian Redman is one of very few notable British racing drivers whose racing life has yet to be put on record in book form. Now that is about to be rectified. Packed with photographs, Redman’s memoir is a vivid account of his varied racing exploits, with special focus on the period 1968–73 when he won major sports car races in Ford GT40s, Porsche 908s and 917s, and Ferrari 312PBs. Highly readable, and at times both humorous and poignant, this is a very personal book that will be welcomed by this popular and highly respected driver’s legions of fans.
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    • Five themed chapters about Redman’s experiences at the greatest circuits and races of his era: Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring, the Targa Florio, Le Mans and Daytona.

    • Diving deep into Redman’s fears, friendships and mindset during his time at the top.   

    • Spa-Francorchamps: Redman won at this daunting track in four consecutive appearances in 1,000Kms races for sports cars, but was also injured in the first of his three big crashes, in the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix.

    • The Nürburgring: two big sports car wins with his greatest driving partners, Jo Siffert and Jacky Ickx.

    • The Targa Florio: in 1970 Redman won this heroic race over the uniquely punishing 45-mile circuit in Sicily – and suffered severe burns in another big crash the following year.

    • Le Mans: he led France’s 24-hour classic five times but never won it.

    • Daytona: the world’s other great 24-hour race, in Florida, brought three wins – in 1970, 1976 and 1981.

    • Stories about driving for Porsche, Ferrari and colourful privateers, plus anecdotes about the era’s most famous drivers, managers, heroes and rascals.

    • Successes in Formula 5000 (three-times champion in the USA) and 2-litre sports cars (South African champion) complete Redman’s credentials as one of the finest all-rounders in motor racing.

    • Mario Andretti provides an insightful foreword: Redman and he were team-mates in Ferrari’s sports car team (1972–73) and the top drivers in North American Formula 5000 (1974–75).

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