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Last of the Gentleman Racers



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Piers Courage: Last of the Gentleman Racers by Adam Cooper
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Piers Courage was the first man to drive for Frank Williams in Formula 1, and tragically died in a Williams-run car at the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix. Now available in paperback, this enthralling biography, written with his family's co-operation, chronicles the life of the charismatic old Etonian, including the wild Formula 3 days when he and chums roamed Europe surviving on their wits. Recalling a more relaxed era in motorsport, the book features dozens of people who knew Piers including Frank Williams, Bernie Ecclestone, Jackie Stewart and, of course, his wife Lady Sarah, daughter of pre-war racer Earl Howe.

Table of Contents

Competing with a Lotus Seven and Merlyn sports car. Driving for the works Lotus Formula 3 team but abandoning a long-term contract with Colin Chapman. Struggling in Formula 1 with BRM and in Formula 2 with a private McLaren. Successful privateer effort in the 1968 Tasman series, and scoring McLaren's first single-seater win. F1 in Tim Parnell's semi-works BRM, and joining up with Frank Williams for an F2 campaign. Second places in the 1969 Monaco and US GPs with Frank's private Brabham. Final season with Frank's new de Tomaso, in which he perished at Zandvoort. Golden memories, superb illustrations.

Author Biography

Adam Cooper is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Motor Sport, Autosport, Road and Track, GQ and FHM. He lives in Belgium.
Release date Australia
April 8th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations (some col.)
J H Haynes & Co Ltd
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