by Eoin Young
MEMORIES OF THE BEAR.
A Biography of Denny Hulme.
Denny Hulme, New Zealand's first World Motor racing
Champion and affectionately known as 'The Bear' was born to drive. His
father, war hero Clive Hulme VC, ran a trucking business, and Deny drove
6-ton trucks after school.
His first car was an MF TF 1500 sports
and in 1960 he won at Ardmore in a 2-litre Cooper-Climax, the same year
he was awarded a Drivers to Europe scholarship. Working as a mechanic
for Jack Brabham, in 1963 he was given a race in the Formula Junior Brabham
when the regular driver was injured and it marked the beginning of an
illustrious career that would see him win eight Grands Prix, the first
at Monaco in 1965, with the Brabham Formula I team.
In 1967 Denny won two of the toughest
circuits on the calendar, the Monaco and German Grands Prix, and finished
third in the Mexican Grand Prix on 22 October 1967, to win the World Championship.
In 1968 he signed with McLaren to race Formula I and CanAm, and the next
seven years saw him win another five Grands Prix before his retirement
from Formula I in 1974. In 1976 Denny brought his family home to New Zealand
but the itch to compete saw him racing regularly at Bathurst during the
eighties and early nineties, a well-known and respected personality on
the international touring car circuit.
Denny died of a heart attack at the age of 56, on the 33rd lap of the 1992
Bathurst 1000 km classic. He was driving a BMW touring car - a fitting
end for a man born to race, who loved it with a passion and could live
his life no other way. Eoin Young knew 'The Bear' well and tells his story
with insight and affection, completing his trilogy of our greatest racing
drivers with a fitting tribute to Denny Hulme.
Published by HarperCollins(NZ) Ltd.
and officially released on May 7 2007.
In 1948 11-year-old Bruce McLaren defied doctors
in Auckland, New Zealand who told him he might never walk again, becoming
a leading international motor racing champion, winning Grand Prix races
and establishing a team that still carries his name in Formula One.With
an enviable reputation as a safe driver with an engineering background
who respected limits, his tragic death while testing a new CanAm sports
car at Goodwood in June 1970 shocked the racing world.
Jack Brabham stayed with the McLaren family during
his first race overseas — the 1954 New Zealand Grand Prix — and
the young schoolboy was intrigued with the preparation of Brabham’s
Cooper-Bristol. The friendship led to Brabham selling his father Cooper
cars and Bruce raced successfully enough to be awarded a new Driver
to Europe scholarship in 1958.
The following season he was Brabham’s
teammate in the Grand Prix team and made racing history when he won the
final race of the 1959 season, the US Grand Prix at Sebring. At 22, Bruce
was the then youngest-ever Grand Prix winner.
In 1960 he won the Grand Prix in Argentina,
establishing a link that would see McLaren the man win the first race
of the decade and a McLaren car win the final race when Denny Hulme won
the Mexican Grand Prix in 1969.
When Brabham left the Cooper team in 1962, Bruce
took over as team leader, a position he held until he built his own
Grand Prix car for the 1966 season. He had formed his own racing team
in 1964, winning the New Zealand Grand Prix that season.
In 1966 he won the Le Mans 24-hour race for Ford and in 1967 and
1969 won the CanAm championship in North America driving a car with
his name on the nose.
In a retelling of those formative years, the book
calls on memories of Bruce from fellow team members, McLaren family
and friends and Bruce’s own words to provide an insight into
what drove him to become one of the racing greats of his time.
THE AMAZING SUMMER OF '55
The 1955 motor racing season was like no other,
before or since. It was the year of motor racing's biggest dramas, worst
tragedies and greatest victories. This one year saw Moss and 'Jenks'
legendary drive in the Mille Miglia, the saga of Ruth Ellis and
David Blakeley, Ascari's plunge into the harbour at Monaco, The first
win for a Briton in the British Grand Prix, the tragedy of Levegh's Mercedes
crash at Le Mans and the demise of James Dean in his supposedly cursed
Twenty four chapters tell these stories as well as others such as Tony
Brooks' win for Connaught, Ferraris's mystery twin cylinder engine, the
rise of Cooper,Peter Ustinov's virtuoso recording of the "Grand Prix
du Roc" etc. etc.
Published by Haynes, Summer 2005
JIM CLARK AND HIS MOST SUCCESSFUL LOTUS
This book marries together a study of a great
period in the life of Jim Clark with the history of a great British
marque, featuring in particular the famous Lotus 25, from its golden
1963 World Championship-winning year, through subsequent owners and
crashes until the remains are discovered and the gallant old charger
is restored to its original specification.
Published by Haynes, July 2004
||CLASSIC RACERS. New Zealand's Grand Prix Greats.
Review by Allan Walton in "New Zealand Classic
"As Famed Motorsport photographer Euan Sarginson
so ably points out in his foreward to Classic Racers, "people,
not power curves..." is what matters to Eoin Young. Nowhere is this more
noticeable than in this new book by Eoin - and for the most part the
people rather than the cars take the leading role. The facts are all
there in their correct place but, in a series of profiles on NZ motorsport
heroes, Eoin concentrates on the men behind the wheel - bringing his
personal knowledge of the drivers to the forefront.
This unique viewpoint allows Eoin to breathe new
life into the subject and what emergesis a fresh perspective on well
known motorsport personalities such as Chris Amon, Bruce Mclaren, Ron
Roycroft and Denny Hulme. However the real treasures to be found in Classic
Racers are the profiles on New Zealand's unsung motoring heroes such
as Johnny Mansel, Ernie Sprague, Bill Hamilton, Tom Clark, Howden Ganley
and Ross Jensen.
Many of these profiles will be well known to NZCC
readers, having been first published as part of our ongoing "Kiwi Racing
Greats" series. A large proportion of the drivers featured in these stories,
on their original publication in NZCC, were being treated to a major profile
for the very first time and it's great to have them all collected together
in one handsome volume.
With the addition of a series of articles on famous
NZ racing cars - the Stanton Crop-duster, Lycoming Special, Indy Stutz
and the Nuvolari Alfa Romeo P3 - this is a well-rounded book which is
a positive delight to dip into. It certainly helped this reviewer to
enjoyably while away a few lazy days during the recent Christmas break.
Easily the Book of the Month - and the best local motoring book for many
a year, highly recommended.
The biography of Chris Amon, the New Zealander
who led the Ferrari team for three seasons in the late 1960s, is now available
in the best bookshops.
The book was launched at the Goodwood Circuit
Revival in September and the first 500 copies sold out over the weekend.
Chris started driving for the Parnell team, moved to McLaren as a test
driver, won Le Mans in 1966 sharing a works Ford with Bruce McLaren, led
the Ferrari team in 1967-68-69, spent a turbulent season at March in 1970,
and led the French Matra for two seasons. As Sir Stirling Moss is
reckoned to be the greatest driver never to win the World Championship,
so Chris Amon is rated as the greatest driver never to win a Grand Prix!
||" IT STILL BEATS
Published by Transport Bookman Publications
The second volume of Eoin's autobiography crammed
with all the Grand Prix after-dinner tales and Barley Mow motor
racing pub stories he forgot to putt in the first book! In-depth chapter
profiles on champions like Sir Jack Brabham and Phil Hill, the Ferrari
dreams of Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart plus thoughtful
features on personalities like Harvey Postlethwaite and rally driver
Possum Bourne who have passed on.
Join Eoin as he enjoys a summer of classic events
in Ireland and at Prescott, Goodwood, Beaulieu and the Alpenfahrt classic
rally in Austria. Read the escapades with other racing writers on the Grand
Prix trail when the good old days were great! A fast trip down memory lane
visiting amazing men and motorcars.
||IT BEATS WORKING
The first volume of Eoin's Autobiography from
1996 with chapters on every aspect of his life in motor racing. Getting very
hard to find now.- We occasionally manage to source copies. please email for details.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
Written with James Hunt in 1976, this is the story
of Hunt's Formula 1 world championship.
of print now but we occasionally manage to source copies. please email for details.
||BRUCE McLAREN -THE MAN AND HIS RACING TEAM
Eoin's unique insider's perspective on Bruce McLaren
from the earliest days of starting his own team. See the About
Eoin Page for more.
Written with Barrie Gill, this is an account of
the Grand Prix drivers' world in 1968. it was overshadowed by the death
of Lorenzo Bandini, Bob Anderson and of course Jim Clark. Eoin helped
considerably on the rewriting necessary after these tragedies. Many photographs.
Out of print for many
years but we occasionally manage to source copies. please email for details.
FROM THE COCKPIT
Bruce McLaren's story, written with Eoin in 1964.
Another one which is long-since out of print but copies are occasionally
here for more information