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ISBN: 9780857040626
AUTHOR: Bryan Apps with a foreword by Nigel Mansell
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The years 1985 to 1997 were memorable in the annals of the British Grand Prix. They witnessed four spectacular wins by Nigel Mansell, and one each by Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert, but these bare facts don’t begin to tell the story of the excitement and drama of the races held during those years.

In this, the author’s second book based on his remarkable collection of photographs and memorabilia, he recreates the ‘up-close’ excitement of the paddock and the pits during the twelve British Grands Prix races held at Silverstone, and one at Brands Hatch.

As with his book When Motor Racing Was Fun, the author’s almost unique relationship with the team owners and drivers, coupled with his inexhaustible passion for the sport of motor racing, provides the reader with an insight rarely achieved. His superb collection of personal photographs, the detail of his recollections and his boundless enthusiasm is transferred here to the page, bringing the reader ‘Closer to the Action’ of some of the most exciting and innovative years of British motor sport.

In his Foreword to the book Nigel Mansell (the most successful British F1 driver of all time in terms of race wins with 31 victories) writes:

"The British Grand Prix crowds occupy a unique place in the hearts of the British drivers who, like me, are ranked amongst its winners. Of all the events in the calendar it is the one they most want to win because, in spite of the noise of the cars and the insulating effect of the helmets, they can feel the enthusiasm of the crowd which is worth a second a lap to them."

A sample spread from this fascinating book is shown below:

Bryan Apps has been an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Winchester for nearly 50 years. His passion for motor racing was ignited at the age of twelve by a visit to Goodwood in 1949. He corresponded with Raymond Mays, who was both the originator of the E.R.A. and the instigator of the B.R.M. project in the 1950s, and in later years was the guest of Ken Tyrrell in the pits at Silverstone.

His paintings of racing cars and drivers from the earliest days of the Sport, and which appear in When Motoring Racing Was Fun, are wonderful evocations of their period and they have led to lasting friendships with many of the most famous racing drivers from before and after the Second World War.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 062 6, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2010.

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In this fascinating and highly illustrated book, Rev Bryan Apps appeals to the child in us all by recalling the toys and games of our past. From dolls and prams to model locomotives and tin plate toys, the reader is taken back to a pre-electronic age when the imagination was the main ingredient of childhood play.
When Motoring Was FunWhen Motoring Was Fun - £19.99
Tom Tyler is a self-confessed auto-nut, at least as enthusiastic as Mr Toad, and a good deal more knowledgeable. In this book he has selected over 270 photographs of the golden period of motoring.
When Motor Racing Was FunWhen Motor Racing Was Fun - £19.99
This fascinating book by Bryan Apps offers a unique record of the days when motor racing was fun, as seen through the eyes of those who were famously, and sometimes hilariously, associated with it. Anecdotes abound, and the text is supported by motor racing memorabilia and the author’s own paintings, many of which are now the treasured possessions of the drivers themselves.
Northamptonshire The Glorious CountyNorthamptonshire The Glorious County - £14.99
Those who know the county well will delight in Bob Caddick's wonderful photographs, appreciating the ‘inside knowledge’ of a photographer who has sought out less well known locations as well as the principal places of interest.
Web Price: £19.99
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