Motor Sport Greats in Conversation, by Simon Taylor
© 2013 Haynes, ISBN 9780857332509 (Hardcover)

In 2006, Motor Sport magazine asked veteran motorsport journalist Simon Taylor to take memorable motor racing names out to lunch for a monthly in-depth interview for the magazine. It’s a concept which F1 Racing has shamelessly plagiarised with Maurice Hamilton, but given that magazine’s limited real estate, those interviews feel sadly truncated.

Taylor’s ‘Lunch With…’ series is anything but brief, and they soon became a renowned and much-loved features of each edition, worthy of being collected into book form. The 24 best interviews are reproduced here for all motor sport fans to enjoy and to treasure.

For those who aren’t regular readers of Motor Sport, then this is a perfect book to pull the best feature of the longstanding magazine: pull together your own list of two-dozen motor sport greats and you’ll likely come up with many of the figures whose stories grace the book’s pages.

There are world champions: Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Damon Hill, Alan Jones, Jody Scheckter and Keke Rosberg. Top team principals, designers and engineers, such as Ross Brawn, Gordon Murray and Christian Horner also feature.

Taylor is a fine journalist and makes great use of the time given to him by each subject and the lengthy number of pages afforded to his articles by Motor Sport – something which the likes of F1 Racing has sadly failed to learn from. 

Taylor’s relaxed interview style gently allows his subjects to open up to give the reader a truer appreciation of their characters. There were also plenty of incredible anecdotes and revelations – but you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

Motor Sport Greats in Conversation is currently available at all specialty book resellers. We recommend our friends at Automoto Bookshop, who can dispatch and ship worldwide – click here to order your copy.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.