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The story of the Tyrrell Racing Organisation

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Author Richard Jenkins
Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE
ISBN: 9781910505670
Runner-up, Guild of Motoring Writers, Suzuki Trophy for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy, 2023

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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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Runner-up, Guild of Motoring Writers, Suzuki Trophy for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy, 2023

Key content

• 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 9 reviews
One of the last true gentlemen.

This excellent book takes me back to my youth and the days when 'gentlemen race teams and drivers' were giving way to true professionals, both in the factory and behind the wheel. This tome is a volume not to be missed and will sit well in any motor racing enthusiast's library.

Michael Rand

Wonderful book, fine writing and remarkable photos, well worth the price !

Michael Mountain
The book that I have been waiting for.

I was excited to see that this book was being written. Even more excited to finally have it in my hands. Ever since the 70's, I have been waiting for a quality book to be released that documented the history of the Tyrrell Formula One Racing Team. At long last, I am happy to say that Tyrrell fans have the book that they have been waiting for and that they deserve.
If you are a Tyrrell fan, but this book. You will not be disappointed.

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

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