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Author: Ian Wagstaff
Publisher: Evro Publishing
The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is delighted to support Formula 1's Unsung Pioneers by Ian Wagstaff which has just been published by Evro Publishing.
This is the previously untold story of a very special British racing team. The British Racing Partnership (BRP), which operated from 1958 to 1964, is best known for its association with Stirling Moss, who was driving a BRP-entered car at Goodwood on that fateful day in 1962 when a serious crash ended his career. Less familiarly, BRP became the first fully sponsored team in Formula 1, partnering with Yeoman Credit, a go-ahead finance house, in an initiative that led to a transformation of the sport. This book tells the entire history of BRP in unprecedented detail, thanks to the author’s prodigious research and numerous interviews over the years with many leading participants, including Moss himself, team boss Ken Gregory, top driver Tony Brooks, chief mechanic Tony Robinson and many others. Lavishly produced and illustrated with more than 300 period photographs, this book will be treasured by all motorsport enthusiasts.
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The author, Ian Wagstaff, began writing motor racing reports in the early 1970s, having started work in the production department of Motor Sport magazine, and became press officer at Silverstone circuit towards the end of that decade. His interest in BRP was nurtured soon after when he worked for Ken Gregory, the team’s co-founder, as the editor of a trade magazine. He has been a freelance journalist since 1986, writing for The Economist Intelligence Unit and Financial Times Automotive Division as well as the motor racing press. He has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy as well as its Pierre Dreyfus award, and he has also received the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association’s ‘Book of the Year’ awards. He lives in Oxfordshire.
In addition to the initial financial support from the MSMT, the author also received the 2022 Michael Sedgwick Award for this book. The award, presented annually to the best book on a motoring subject, is decided by an independent committee, organised by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and includes a £250 cheque from the MSMT.
The book is available from the publishers via the link Evro Publishing