Race Across the World
In 1968, ninety-eight competitors stormed out of London on the world’s greatest automotive adventure, the London to Sydney Marathon, the most ambitious and epic car race ever staged.
Four weeks later they arrived in Sydney-or at least half of them did. The others lay in ruin along its 10,000-mile route. Unimaginable now in either concept or execution, the marathon captured the rapt attention of the countries through which it passed, and of the world, as it created front-page news. It was more than a car race, more than a rally, more than the trials that opened up outback Australia only a decade before: it was the world’s most gruelling test of driver and vehicle.
For Australians, the race became a focal point of the rivalry between local car-manufacturing
Since 1950, fifteen Australians and nine New Zealanders have raced in world championship Formula One, the pinnacle of motor racing. Three – Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme and Alan Jones – have won the world title.
Two have died in the attempt without ever facing the world championship starters’ lights.
So few drivers make it to Formula One. Ever fewer succeed in the fastest and most challenging four-wheeled sport of all.
Now John Smailes, author of the bestselling Climbing the Mountain, Race Across the World, Mount Panorama and Speed Kings, gives us the definitive story of our involvement with Formula One, from the pioneer days in the aftermath of World War II, to the championship glory of Brabham, Hulme and Jones, the grit and determination of Mark Webber, and Australia’s current Formula One star, the irrepressible Daniel Ricciardo, all the way to potential champions of the future like Oscar Piastri.
With over 150 stunning photographs, and interviews with drivers past and present, as well as the engineers, managers and team owners behind the scenes, this is the must-have book for every Australian and New Zealand fan of Formula One.