The biography of motor racing mechanic Tony Robinson, who worked with some of the great names of the sport in the 1950s and ’60s. Tony started as one of the mechanics for Stirling Moss in 1954: the year of Stirling’s first serious assault on the world championship. After a semi-nomadic period touring Europe with privateer Bruce Halford, who also raced a Maserati 250F, Tony joined the British Racing Partnership – a Formula One and Two team part-owned by (Sir) Stirling’s father, Alfred. Stirling was driving a BRP-entered Lotus on the day of the accident that effectively ended his racing career.
At BRP, Tony responded to the Lotus 25 by building what was the first monocoque F1 car following Colin Chapman’s groundbreaker. He also designed a car for Indianapolis, before going on to work for Cooper. During his time in motor racing, Tony rubbed shoulders with such great names as Juan Manual Fangio and Mike Hawthorn; Stuart Lewis-Evans – whose manager was Bernie Ecclestone – was one of Tony’s drivers, and McLaren’s Ron Dennis worked for him during his time at Cooper.
This is the fascinating story of one of motorsport’s most enduring characters.
• The unique story of one of the most significant motor racing mechanics of the 1950s and 1960s
• Original, first hand material from Tony and his colleagues
• A fresh and different look at part of Stirling Moss’s career
• The story of BRP from the inside
• How an international motor racing team was run in the late 1950s and early 1960s
• A new look at Cooper in the mid 1960s
• How Tony Robinson and BRP reacted to Colin Chapman’s lead with the Lotus 25
• How BRP approached the Indianapolis 500
• Around 120 photographs
• Fully indexed