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
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
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.