The story of the Tyrrell Racing Organisation

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Author Richard Jenkins
Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE
ISBN: 9781910505670

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Ken Tyrrell’s famous Formula 1 racing team will forever be associated with Jackie Stewart and the three World Championship titles they won together. But the Tyrrell story is far bigger than that, embracing nearly 40 action-packed years, from initial forays as an entrant in Formula Junior in 1960 to eventual demise in 1998. Along the way, the team with its larger-than-life proprietor was always universally respected in the world’s Formula 1 paddocks, often as the plucky underdog. In compiling this comprehensive history, the author has interviewed dozens of surviving team members — including most of the drivers and many mechanics — to gather their memories and present an energetic, touching, compelling and above all entertaining narrative. Published in the 50th anniversary year of Tyrrell’s last championship title, this book will be treasured by all racing enthusiasts.
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• Ken Tyrrell’s career as a racing driver in the 1950s, moving on to become an entrant of Formula Junior and Formula 3 single-seaters in the early years of the following decade.

• Establishing himself in Formula 2 with his star driver, Jackie Stewart, and also claiming the European title in that category with Jacky Ickx in 1967.

• Onwards to Formula 1 in 1968, linking up with French constructor Matra, then remarkably winning the 1969 World Championship with Jackie Stewart.

• Achieving almost immediate success as a constructor in a golden era that brought two more Formula 1 titles for Jackie Stewart, in 1971 and 1973, but ended in tragedy with the death of François Cevert.

• The extraordinary six-wheeler: Tyrrell sprung one of Formula 1’s biggest surprises with a radical design that won a race but ultimately proved to be a blind alley.

• Falling down the grid as turbos took over, although Tyrrell achieved final victories in glitzy city races in America, in Las Vegas (1982) and Detroit (1983) — and brief notoriety for technical chicanery in 1984.

• Extended twilight: amidst occasional flashes of excellence, notably from Jean Alesi in 1990, the Tyrrell team’s latter years were difficult as Formula 1 also-rans, and ended in 1998 after takeover by BAR.

Publication date: June 2023
Format: 280x235mm
Page extent: 480
Illustration: Over 500 images, mainly colour

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Uncle Ken’s team was part of the sport’s fabric, and this fine tribute to those personnel and their collective endeavour is another of those must-read volumes for any self-respecting enthusiast’s library. Just as Ken loved racing, so you will love reading it.” David Tremayne

“A strapping new book… great tales and telling quotes.”

“Richard Jenkins has written an authoritative and absorbing book… a moving testament to a good man whose contribution to Grand Prix racing was almost incalculable.”

“The production values of this 480-page hardback are excellent and the author’s scholarship is impeccable.”

“Every aspect of the Tyrrell team’s history is covered by Richard Jenkins… no fewer than 30 ex-Tyrrell drivers lend their voices to add colour to the already prismatic Tyrrell tale.”

“After two impressive racing biographies, award-winning motorsport historian Richard Jenkins has turned to a history of the Tyrrell Racing Organisation — and with remarkable results. It is the perfect tribute to Tyrrell founder Ken and his dedicated crew.”

“Profusely illustrated, the story is told clearly and authoritatively… A cracking book.”

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Christian Meyer
Thank You

An absolutely fantastic, detailed, comprehensive book about Team Tyrrell (by far my favorite team in F1).
Very, very good job.

Wendy Bullock
Hard to put down !!

Book arrived 2 days ago and John has hardly put it down since . Grandkids even found a picture of a young Grandad John . Full of info before his time and after his time ( 70,71 and72 )
Hard to believe it was 50 plus years ago , but just seems like last month when we see all the pictures

Nick Planas
A must-have for every true motorsport enthusiast

This is a thoroughly well researched book, detailing many things I never knew about the team, with great reminiscences from drivers I'd forgotten ever raced for them. The most successful years of the team were concurrent with my increasing interest and love for the sport during my childhood, before the ever present 24/7 TV media circus, so many details about why and how technical decisions, and decisions on drivers were taken were lost to us fans at the time.
The size of the book meant I was planning to dip into it from time to time, but in the end I couldn't put it down! This book is a must-have for every true motorsport enthusiast.

Peter Dikoff
And now you know the story

Without a doubt my favorite team in Grand Prix racing. They had it all:
Large sponsor
Best driver in JYS
Best looking driver in Cevert
Best mechanics
Fantastic cars
Original thinking
It all changed on that one day on the 6th of October 1973.
This book is filled with so many little details that explains all that came before and after. The photographs of design etudes leaves you wanting more. Richard Jenkins did an amazing job. It makes you wonder how much better the book could have been had many of the players been around to give their account of history. This book is so well done I have ordered another to give as a gift.

Louis M
An excellent deep dive into F1s tightest run team.

All the highs and lows of the Tyrrell team's decades in F1, in amazing detail and finely written. Bravo to the Richard Jenkins and Evro for this excellent piece of F1 literature.

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