A Chequered Life (Hardcover)

Graham Warner and The Chequered Flag

By Richard Heseltine

Veloce Publishing, 9781845844134, 160pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2013

List Price: 49.95*
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This is the story of Graham Warner and his plucky London-based dealership/race team, the Chequered Flag, which bested all-comers in most major motorsport disciplines. A former RAF man, Warner competed at international level as a sports car driver, created the Gemini brand of Formula Juniors as a manufacturer, fielded cars on behalf of Lotus, Brabham and McLaren as an entrant, and as a talent spotter, he gave Jim Clark his maiden start in a single-seater, later running drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Jackie Ickx, Piers Courage and many more on motorsport's nursery slope. Having reached the pinnacle of Formula One with a privateer Brabham, Warner changed tack and fielded the fearsome Lancia Stratos with memorable success in rallying, before returning to his first love of aviation. Here for the first time is the full history of one of the unsung heroes of motorsport.

About the Author

Author and journalist Richard Heseltine writes with a focus on classic and contemporary performance cars and motor sport history. A former staff member of Classic & Sports Car and Motor Sport magazines, he is the author of books on subjects as diverse as small-series British sports cars, Italian coachbuilding, Ferrari design history, and a biography of racing driver and team principal Graham Warner. Richard lives in Shropshire, where he attends to a coachbuilt Italian classic of his own – a 1966 Moretti 850 Sportiva.

Praise For A Chequered Life: Graham Warner and The Chequered Flag

"the first and only account of the Chequered Flag race team and its charismatic founder, Graham Warner Heseltine has written ... an entertaining and lively book and the large selection of photographs help to enhance the tale." - Old Stager

"The ups and downs of this story makes a good read ... it is clear that Graham Warner has packed in enough action, drama and intrigue over the years to last several lifetimes." - Antique and Collectors Trader

"A fascinating and perceptive inside story of an exciting period of motor racing history. Richard Heseltine has done well to chronicle this and let Warner express himself in largely his own words so the book flows like a long interview. A compelling read, especially for those who were watching from the crowd in those days." - Kieron Fennelly - Freelance

"Highly entertaining ... Written with Warner, it serves not onlyas a biography, but also a tribute to theChequered Flag equipe that he founded ... A brilliant read" - Classic & Sports Car (UK)

"Book of the Month - Warner's life has, indeed, been a chequered one, and this book will make a fine legacy." - Octane