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ISBN: 9780857041128
AUTHOR: Bryan Apps
Open Cockpits & Straw Bales
Open Cockpits & Straw Bales
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The 1950s was a great time to be British: we had just won the war, with a little help from our friends, and we were to celebrate both the Festival of Britain and the Queen’s Coronation.

The Empire held sway and we proudly watched her sons conquer Everest, run the first four minute mile, and produce the world’s first jet airliner.

The post-war decade was also a great time to be a motor racing enthusiast. To begin with there were the Alfa Romeos and E.R.A.s, dusted off after six years of enforced rest, and in 1952 the brief appearance of Hermann Lang in a 1939 Grand Prix Mercedes in Argentina.

Entirely new racing cars were being crafted in England, Italy and France in what was little more than a cottage industry and, also in the 1950s, Jaguar and Aston Martin echoed the epic victories of the ‘Bentley Boys’ at Le Mans.

In Straw Bales and Open Cockpits the author, through his superb paintings, captures the excitement of the cars and drivers who risked everything in what turned out to be the final days of unrestrained competitive motor racing, when cars were still operated by controls which any motorist would easily recognise today, racing drivers were clearly visible in their open cockpits, often with only thin leather helmets to protect their heads.

National colours and large racing numbers made the cars and their drivers easy to identify as they sped past only yards away from where one stood. But with the thrills came increased dangers for the drivers with little more than straw bales between them and disaster. So many great racing drivers lost their lives in the course of those ten years and all of them are remembered here.

This book inevitably majors on the Formula 1 World Championship series which began at Silverstone in 1950, but some notable non-championship events are also included and, in addition, the Monte Carlo Rally, the Mille Miglia and Le Mans.

Bryan Apps, an Oxford graduate, has been an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Winchester for nearly 50 years. When he was a young curate in Andover his 97hp Mobile Church attracted the interest of the international Press. His passion for motor racing was ignited at the age of twelve by a visit to Goodwood in 1949, and he corresponded with Raymond Mays,who was both the originator of the E.R.A., and the instigator of the B.R.M. His paintings of racing cars and drivers from the earliest days of the sport are wonderful evocations of their period and they led to lasting friendships with Manfred von Brauchitsch, Ken Tyrrell, and many of the most famous racing drivers from before and after the Second World War. His previous books for Halsgrove include When Motor Racing Was Fun, Silverstone Shadows and When Toys Were Fun.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 9 780 85704 112 8, hardback, 210x297mm, 160 pages. Published October 2011.

Silverstone ShadowsSilverstone Shadows - £19.99
In this, Bryan Apps' 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, in those memorable years between 1985 to 1997 which witnessed no less than six wins by British drivers.
When Toys Were FunWhen Toys Were Fun - £19.99
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.
Out of the ShadowsOut of the Shadows - £24.99
Roger Lane's now historic photographs, most of which have never been published before, provide a nostalgic look back at this era of the sport. Together with his first hand experiences we can re-live the days of Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Jochen Rindt amongst others. This book is a unique testament to a vanished but much lamented world of magnificent men and their magnificent machines.
The Goodwood RevivalThe Goodwood Revival - £14.99
The spirit of The Goodwood Revival is captured in this stupendous new book by master-photographer Andy Stansfield, containing over 140 action-packed images which exude nostalgia for the glories of Britain’s motor racing past.
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.
Web Price: £19.99
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