Tasman Cup 1964-1975: A celebration of Australian and New Zealand Motor Sport’s greatest era, by Tony Loxley
© 2015 Full Throttle Publishing, ISBN 9780980858969 (Hardcover)

Tasman Cup – 1964-1975: A celebration of Australian and New Zealand Motor Sport’s greatest era is a spectacular 500-page photographic anthology capturing one of the most important eras in Antipodean open-wheel racing.

Acclaimed author Tony Loxley captures stories from the drivers, photographers and journalists who were all central to a time when Australian and New Zealand drivers competed against the best open-wheel racers from around the world on their own turf.

Included among over 40 first-hand accounts are anecdotes from the likes of Chris Amon, Derek Bell, Vern Schuppan, Warwick Brown, Frank Matich and many more.

There are a huge cross section of personal accounts from drivers, photographers and journalists who were immersed in a gold era of southern hemisphere motor racing.


Tasman Cup 1964 – 1975: A Celebration of Australian and New Zealand Motor Sport’s greatest era

Among the 40 first-hand accounts include recollections from Chris Amon, Derek Bell, Graeme Lawrence, Graham McRae, Bruce Allison, Vern Schuppan, Warwick Brown, Niel Allen, Leo Geoghegan and Frank Matich. Brown also contributes one of three forewords in the book, alongside Sir Jackie Stewart and the late three-time Australian World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham.

Supported by almost 1,000 photographs from the best photographers of the day, the book truly captures an iconic and sadly long-gone era of the motorsport off-season when drivers would escape the chilly European winter to race in the southern hemisphere.

With driver and spectator safety still in its infancy, Tasman Cup serves as both a reminder of how much motorsport has gained, but equally – given how sterile today’s Formula 1 environment has become – just how much camaraderie and friendship has been lost in the decades since.

For a motorsport historian, this is truly a ‘must have’ collectible.

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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.