Insight makes a clear Mark
MARK Skaife has always been a little one-eyed. His loyalty to Holden in recent years has been a total red wash, even if he began his topline racing career with Nissan and also did some long-distance cameos with Mazda.
And now I think I know why. One of Skaife’s eyes was injured when his Nissan GT-R Godzilla crashed in practice for a supporting race at the 1990 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.
The crash was on the same high-speed righthand bend where Mika Hakkinen was almost killed after a tyre failure on his F1 McLaren.
The eyesight incident is one of the gems that pops out from his new book, Skaifey— Life in the Fast Lane.
There have been several Skaife books but this one, written with long-time race fan Andrew Clarke, finally digs deep enough to satisfy people who want to know more about the most successful racer of his generation.
He goes soft on details of the final years with the Holden Racing Team, and the lead-up to his decision to retire, but otherwise it’s rich on detail and insight.
Skaifey can get a bit muddled and repetitive at times, as the author tries to wrap his story around the years and races of his long career, but the book covers all the big-ticket items, from his early motivation and training to his on-track rivalries and his business dealings.
It’s the first in a series of race-theme books to be published in coming months and sets the bar pretty high.
Craig Lowndes is working with journalist Mark Fogarty on his first book, Jamie Whincup has a diary of his championship year, and there will be another Peter Brock book with a new perspective before Christmas.
As usual, Skaife has taken pole position and — though it’s not perfect— Skaifey is a good read with plenty of genuine insights.
The book is published by Ebury Press and is priced at $34.95.