Following a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in
1967 a chance meeting with the Advertising
Manager of Agfa Gevaert gave photographer
Roger Lane a unique assignment: to capture the
colour and atmosphere of international motor
racing, concentrating on the cars, drivers, action
and behind the scenes activity. Un-restricted by
the demands and deadlines of photo-journalism,
Roger's photographs capture a unique and candid
view of a sport on the brink of massive and
Whether trackside or in the paddock,
be it Silverstone or Monte Carlo, Roger and his
camera were there to record in intimate detail
not only the thrills, excitements and disappointments
of perhaps the most glamorous sport in
the world, but also the scenes the public never
saw Ė the hard work, grease and grime and
intense preparation that made it all possible.
Danger was ever-present and Roger makes
comparison with the clinical conditions of today's
highly computerised and sophisticated, yet
much safer sport.
Rogerís 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
now 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.
Roger Lane was born in Dorset and has
lived in the area all his life. Following a 44
year career in the aerospace industry he
retired in 2004 to pursue his interests in
photography and writing.
A keen motor sport enthusiast, Roger
was commissioned by Agfa Gevaert in
1968 to photograph the international
motor racing scene. He has since produced
audio-visual sequences: Steamdream
featured wildlife artist David Shepherd
with commentary by the late Wynford
Vaughan-Thomas and In Pursuit of Nature
portrayed the life of Claude Monet and
his garden at Giverny. Photography and
writing is now Rogerís focus and his
coverage of the landscapes of the French
Impressionists has been widely featured in
a number of publications.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 925 7, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published September 2009.