Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say - Ian Titch­marsh

Dar­ing Driv­ers, Deadly Tracks

Brian Red­man (with Jim Mullen) Pub­lished by Evro Pub­lish­ing RRP £50

If you en­joyed the re­cent ar­ti­cle by Brian Red­man in the March 2 is­sue of MN about his three favourite rac­ing cars, you have to have this, which quite sim­ply is one of the best mo­tor rac­ing books to have been pub­lished in re­cent years.

From the 1960s through to the end of the 1980s, Brian was a works driver for Porsche, Fer­rari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, As­ton Martin, BMW, Chevron and Lola in sportscar rac­ing and for six dif­fer­ent For­mula 1 teams. He won the Spa 1000Km on the orig­i­nal road cir­cuit four times, the Targa Flo­rio, the Nur­burg­ing 1000Km on the full Nord­schleife and the Day­tona 24 hours.

His co-driv­ers may have in­cluded the likes of Jacky Ickx, Jo Sif­fert and Pe­dro Ro­driguez but Brian’s pace and con­sis­tency were fun­da­men­tal to their suc­cesses. Let’s not for­get that Brian also won three US For­mula 5000 Cham­pi­onships, in the process de­feat­ing Mario An­dretti, James Hunt, Jody Scheck­ter, Al Unser and Tony Brise among many oth­ers.

Al­though this 300-page book cov­ers the whole of Brian’s pro­fes­sional ca­reer it has imag­i­na­tively avoided a po­ten­tially te­dious chrono­log­i­cal ap­proach.

Be­gin­ning with Spa-fran­cor­champs, the chap­ters cover in­di­vid­ual cir­cuits, races and top­ics such as For­mula 5000, in­clud­ing de­li­ciously evoca­tive de­scrip­tions of driv­ing cars like the Porsche 917 or Fer­rari 312P on the great cir­cuits.

Mario An­dretti has writ­ten the Fore­word and Sam Posey the After­word, while Brian’s wife Mar­ion, whom Brian mar­ried in 1962 be­fore he be­came a pro­fes­sional, con­trib­utes a re­veal­ing Epi­logue.

In years to come, if it isn’t al­ready, this book will surely be re­garded as a mo­tor rac­ing clas­sic.

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