Motor Racing at Brands Hatch in the Eighties (Paperback)

By Chas Parker

Veloce Publishing, 9781845842147, 96pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2009

List Price: 15.95*
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By the start of the 1980s, the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent had become firmly established as one of the world’s classic tracks. It had grown from humble beginnings as a motor cycle grass track to become an internationally renowned facility, hosting top-class motor sport. During the following decade, under the stewardship of its entrepreneurial managing director, John Webb, this enviable position was reinforced, with the circuit hosting five consecutive Grands Prix, two at very short notice, from 1982-86, along with a host of other major international meetings as well as smaller, club events.   Chas Parker spent many years visiting the track, and amassed an impressive collection of thousands of color transparencies, the majority of which are previously unpublished.  This book picks up where his previous volume, Motor Racing at Brands Hatch in the Seventies, left off. It offers a very personal account of visits to the world’s busiest motor racing circuit during a decade of excitement and change, both on and off track, in the form of a scrapbook using the author’s own photographs, taken as an ordinary spectator from the public enclosures.

About the Author

Chas Parker has written a number of books about motorsport, including Haynes Manuals for the D-type Jaguar and Bugatti Type 35 and others. He was short-listed, together with co-author Philip Porter, for the 2017 RAC Motoring Book of the Year Award for his book on the 1953 Le Mans-winning C-type Jaguar.

Praise For Motor Racing at Brands Hatch in the Eighties

"I've never been to Brands Hatch but, if I were to go, I'd want to take author and photographer Parker with me. He had provided us with a sort of extended diary of the meetings that he went to ... he proves to be a pretty damn good photographer too." – New Zealand Classic Car

"These books make no claim to be definitive accounts of era. They're personal photo albums – and they're all the better for it." – Motor Sport

"Anyone who visited Brands Hatch in that unforgettable era will find their memories revitalized by this excellent little book." – Speed Scene