Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport by Terry Lovell

By Terry Lovell

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 2008

He is the guy who created modern day formulation One. he's either feared and favourite for a way during which he masterminded its transformation from an novice recreation of the fifties right into a international billion greenback of the twenty first century. And now, together with his fortune, impression, and gear, Bernie Ecclestone has moved into the area of football with Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore to show Queen's Park Rangers, a suffering west London membership, right into a critical rival to the capital's glamour membership, Chelsea. in a single day, QPR has entry to extra wealth than actual Madrid, in a position to compete with the monetary backing of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's Russian billionaire proprietor.

But what makes Bernie run? What lies in the back of the bleak, poker-face of this deal-maker extraordinaire, who, for almost forty years, has ruthlessly exploited and ruled formulation One?

To many he turned the savior of the game, yet there have additionally been many that have suffered at this hands—the vulnerable and the gullible, the politically naive and unsuspecting. they've got a special tale to inform. Revealing the unbridled avarice, callousness, and corruption in the back of the hype of formulation One, this booklet additionally indicates the warts-and-all personality of the guy who's now surroundings his attractions on a activity no much less decadent.

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Their friendship was interrupted by Brabham’s decision – prompted by a suggestion from Dean Delamont, the competition manager of Britain’s Royal Automobile Club (RAC), at a New Zealand Grand Prix – to move to England to test his skills in the European arena. He arrived in 1954, but, racing in noncompetitive cars, made little impact. He took part in 16 Grands Prix – finishing nine – before he won his first Grand Prix at Monaco in 1959 in the radical rear-engine Cooper T51, opening a season which he concluded by becoming world champion at the age of 33.

It was, he decided, too dangerous. He claimed to have woken up in hospital once too often. Four wheels seemed a safer bet. It led to him racing at Brands Hatch and Silverstone in 500cc single-seater events – the cars consisted of little more than chain-driven double-knocker Norton engines – which later became Formula Three. Ecclestone had a brand-new Cooper, bought through the new-found partnership, with the cockpit designed for his slight build, as were his driver’s overalls by Lewis’s of London.

The following season he came second in the World Championship title race to co-team driver, New Zealander Denny Hulme, who then left Brabham for McLaren. But ‘Black’ Jack felt time was running out. There was little more he wanted to prove or needed to achieve. He confided in Tauranac that he wanted to retire, which led to his partner acquiring his share in Motor Racing Developments Ltd in 1969. At the end of the 1970 season, Brabham, aged 44, made public his decision, bringing to a close an illustrious fifteenyear career spanning 126 Grands Prix, 14 wins and three World Championships.

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