The Formula 1 media circus has lost one of its pioneers, with acclaimed former Formula 1 journalist Eoin Young passing away, aged 75, after a long illness.
Born on New Zealand’s South Island, Young worked as a bank teller while also dipping his toe into the world of journalism as a writer for his local newspaper. In his early twenties, he moved to Europe with Kiwi racing driver Denny Hulme and followed the racer on his adventures through the Formula Junior series.
That put him in contact with Bruce McLaren, and he found employment as his secretary, later becoming one of the founding members of the McLaren team when it was created in 1963.
He remained with the team until 1966, returning to journalism to write an insider’s column for Road and Track and Autocar. The latter published his columns for the next 32 years, and in the 1970s Eoin’s media skills were called upon with PR roles for the likes of Elf, Gulf and Ford.
He published a dozen racing books, which included biographies of New Zealand’s great motorsport exports: McLaren, Hulme and Chris Amon, as well as the acclaimed Against All Odds which charted James Hunt’s charge to the 1976 World Championship crown. He also penned two memoirs, It Beats Working and It Still Beats Working were also both highly praised. He was awarded the Guild of Motoring Writers Timo Makinen Trophy for his motorsport coverage in 1996, and was one of the very few journalists ever to have been granted members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
In the ultra-competitive and often insular world of motorsport journalism, Eoin was something of an exception. He openly welcomed and offered support to the next generation of writers trying to carve out their own careers – the likes of Maurice Hamilton and David Tremayne have both described in interviews with RichardsF1.com of how much they owe their careers to his influence and support.
We extend our condolences to Eoin’s family and friends.
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