Another decent-sized book I’ve been wading through is — the story of the Crossle racing-car manufacturer, from just outside of Belfast. I was surprised how much John Crossle had in common with our own George Begg — both were born within a few months of one another, and came from farming backgrounds. Both had become involved with agricultural machinery, both raced motorcycles before moving on to building a racing car. At about the time George was installing a Daimler V8 into the back of a Brabham-esque single-seater, Crossle was putting together a big-engined car of not dissimilar appearance. Both built pukka F5000 cars in 1969.
However, whereas building racing cars was only ever a hobby for the redoubtable Southlander, Crossle became a major player in Formula Ford from 1969 until the early-to-mid ’80s. I haven’t seen this book for sale here, and at £60 [about $120] it is expensive.
Speaking of good-quality books, it’s interesting to note that Howden Ganley began work on his long-awaited autobiography — — on January 8, 2005, the 50th anniversary of what Howden calls, “The day that changed my life.” Ten years later we visited Ardmore, and I captured New Zealand’s latest septuagenarian author photographing the very spot where he, his father and brother Denis had watched the running of the 1955 NZ Grand Prix.