New Zealand Classic Car - - Motor Sport Flashback -

It proved to be the per­fect place to stroll to af­ter lunch — check it out on clas­sic­throt­

The other mo­tor­ing de­light to visit in Syd­ney is the Au­to­moto Book­shop on level 9 at 428 Ge­orge Street — in other words, the main drag. There are mo­tor­ing books both old and new, and, while I bus­ied my­self in the mo­tor-rac­ing depart­ment, my wife chat­ted away to Anan, who runs the place. Shortly af­ter­wards, I was sum­moned to the counter, where it emerged that their dis­cus­sion had revolved around a book I’d been search­ing for for years. It hadn’t oc­curred to me to men­tion it, but Sandy had been on to it in a flash, and, to my amaze­ment, it had “just come in as part of a col­lec­tion.” Out with a bang: Nigel Mansell’s tyre ex­plodes dur­ing the 1986 Aus­tralian Grand Prix

I’ll re­view the new books I bought once I find time to read them, but I could have spent a small for­tune just on new books, even be­fore get­ting to the sec­ond-hand gems. The se­lec­tion is vast, and Anan is an ab­so­lute en­thu­si­ast and a to­tal de­light — when you visit, ask him to tell you the story about be­ing Aus­tralia’s fastest In­dian … Check the place out at au­to­mo­to­book­

Three decades passed

It’s a lit­tle hard to be­lieve that 30 years have passed since I was in Ade­laide for the sec­ond run­ning of the Aus­tralian Grand Prix there. Un­like in 1985, when we fried in the grand­stand, in 1986, the race was run a lit­tle ear­lier in late Oc­to­ber, and it was pretty damn cool. That was the race that Nigel Mansell, Nel­son Pi­quet, and Alain Prost all went into with a shot at fin­ish­ing the day as world cham­pion, and in which the English­man had that almighty tyre blow-out in the fi­nal stages. Prost then be­came For­mula 1’s first back-to-back world cham­pion since Jack Brab­ham, who had achieved it in 1959/’60.

Be­fore the days of big screens, much of the crowd where I was, on the last cor­ner be­fore the front straight, was clearly up­set when the an­nounce­ment was made that Mansell was out. Strangely, for a coun­try with zero tol­er­ance for the whinge­ing Pom, Mansell — the ul­ti­mate ver­sion of that very thing — al­ways had a ter­rific fol­low­ing in Ade­laide.

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