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John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs
John, George and the HWMs

John, George and the HWMs

The first racing team to fly the flag for Britain

Regular price$169.00
Author Simon Taylor
ISBN: 9781910505328

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Founded by John Heath and George Abecassis, the HWM racing team set out in 1950, the year of the Formula 1 World Championship’s inauguration, to race its Formula 2 cars all over Europe in a unique British endeavour. Always run on a shoestring, HWM’s single-seaters achieved great results in flying the flag with mainly British drivers, most notably young Stirling Moss. In 1954 the team turned to sports cars, sometimes beating its Jaguar and Aston Martin works competitors, but Heath’s death in the 1956 Mille Miglia was a tragic setback and the following year the team was wound up. Through the focus of HWM, this two-volume masterpiece paints an evocative picture of a period of motor racing that marked the beginnings of Britain’s prowess in the sport.
Winner, Royal Automobile Club Specialist Motoring Book of the Year, 2019
Winner, Guild of Motoring Writers, Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy, 2019

• Volume 1 covers the story of the racing (1946–57) and Volume 2 covers the 19 individual cars and the men who raced them (1948–58).

• The beginnings of HWM (the initials of the garage Hersham and Walton Motors) and the two key characters behind the team — smooth, sanguine George Abecassis and mer-curial, parsimonious John Heath.

• Racing the single-seaters around Europe (1950–53) with Stirling Moss, Lance Macklin and Peter Collins among the drivers.

• Switching to sports cars (1954–57), competing in Britain and across Europe, sometimes beating the big names.

• The individual histories of all the HWMs made are told in full, complete with their speci-fications and ownership chains.

• Coverage includes biographies of many of the fascinating and poignant people associ-ated with HWM.

• Packed with superb period photos sourced from libraries and private collections all over the world.

Format: 280x235mm
Two hardback volumes within a slipcase
Page extent: 328pp and 208pp (two volumes)
Illustration: over 500 photographs

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“An impressive demonstration of how even a relatively niche subject can be afforded the very highest standards of authorship and production… most highly recommended.” The Automobile

“This has to be one of the motoring books of the decade, not just the year. HWM could not have had a finer tribute.” BRDC Bulletin

“This wonderful book is a much-anticipated treat… it lives up to the high expectations. Definitive, hugely enjoyable and superbly presented.” Classic & Sports Car

“A beautifully presented twin-volume set… exhaustive… comprehensive… Bravo.” Octane

“My pick for the book of the year… I cannot recommend it highly enough.” Howden Ganley, NZ Classic Driver

“That the book is racking up awards is the least of its successes.”

“What a publication!”

Simon Taylor
Simon Taylor has been immersed in motor sport for nearly 50 years as a journalist, commentator, publisher and historian. He joined the weekly magazine Autosport straight from university, and was its editor by the age of 23. He moved on to be a publisher for its proprietors, Haymarket Magazines, devising and launching other car magazines such as What Car? and Classic & Sports Car, and went on to be the company’s Managing Director and then its Chairman.

He was BBC Radio’s voice of motor racing for more than 20 years, reporting on Formula 1 from all over the world, and his TV commentary and presentation work includes being a member of ITV’s F1 team. He is the author of several books on car and motor racing history, and appeared in the Ron Howard movie Rush playing himself, as the BBC Radio commentator describing the James Hunt/Niki Lauda battles during the 1976 F1 season.