Eoin Young's Collector's Column no. 2
We drove down in
a road test BMW 330d SE Sport Saloon and if I hadn't specifically
ordered this diesel, I would never have guessed it was an oil-burner. The
turbocharged straight-6 was silky smooth with loads of mid-range
lift from its 184 bhp. Top speed? Britain's current
formula 1 darling, Jenson Button, got pulled on a French Autoroute
last year doing 141mph in a BMW 330d and BMW couldn't believe the
heaps of free publicity they earned for their new diesel! The Goodwood programme
featured a fantastic photograph of the start of the Tourist Trophy
sports car race in 1964 with Bruce McLaren smoking the tyres on
his Zerex Special in pole position nearest the camera with Jimmy
Clark and Graham Hill also in shot. I was in Bruce's
pit next door to Lotus. Bruce had led and then retired with
a clutch problem, so we had a grandstand seat for the action in
the Lotus pit when Jimmy came in out of the lead to fuel the sleek
but unloved Lotus 30. They filled out of cans then and the
empties clanged back on to the pit counter but as Jimmy roared
away, the last can went on to the counter with a dull thud! It
was still full! The Lotus had baulked at the last can and
Jimmy would have to stop again. Colin Chapman was livid and
the mechanic was sacked on the spot. In fact Allan McCall
remembers Chapman chasing the mechanic away from the pits, hitting
him with the signal board and numbers scattering! Clark also
retired and Graham Hill won in a Ferrari. A photo on the
day shows a dejected Jimmy sitting on the Lotus counter with Bruce
McLaren and my good self watching from the next pit counter. Lord March makes
a pretty penny from his Goodwood merchandise and this year launched
a new SWB style range around the theme of Rob Walker's Ferrari
Short Wheel Base 250GT that Stirling Moss raced with huge success
at the Sussex track. You could have a rugby shirt or a zip-up
pullover in Rob's blue and white colours at £45 each, a pair
of braces at £39.95, a 1:43 scale model of the Ferrari at £98.95
or a tie at £55. A window sticker was a slightly more
affordable £1.50. I
was wearing a splendid Donegal tweed cap (well, I thought it was
splendid) but I didn't appreciate quite how splendid it was until
I spotted a postcard of Tazio Nuvolari on Graeme Simpson's Motor
Racing Tradition stand, priced within my budget at fifty pence. Tazio was wearing
a cap exactly like mine. I bought one of the postcards and
flourished it with authority if anyone dared to cast aspersions
at my headgear!
There some great
sights, strolling through the paddock, including an elderly gent
wearing a pair of equally aged once-white overalls bearing the
legend 'ALTA CARS - Racing Department.' Many of the cars
looked far better than they did when new. Others, like Nick
Finburgh's 1953 C-Type with its stone chips and original race grime
looked superbly period and in place.
DUSTWRAPPERS. I can't emphasise enough the value of buying a book with a good dustwrapper for your motoring library. The dustwrapper is designed to protect the book cover boards but as such, it inevitably suffers damage from years of re-reading, so a 50-year-old book with its original dustwrapper in fine condition, is always worth acquiring. I always try to find good books in good 'wrappers' but from time to time I find a collectable title without a dustwrapper but in good clean condition and I will offer this with suitable description. I care for the story of the well-known motoring writer with a very impressive library of motoring books in his equally impressive study, but he returned from a car launch to find that every one of his books had been stripped of its dustwrapper. His wife felt that they clashed with the curtains, so she burned every one!Eoin Young.
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Eoin Young is a
who left a bank job to join Bruce McLaren and help set up his racing
More or less. He arrived in the UK in 1961 as a freelance journalist,
the Formula Junior season with Denny Hulme, joined McLaren in 1962.
director of team. Established Motormedia 1966. Started weekly "Autocar" diary
page in 1967 -- it ran until 1998. Covered CanAm, Indy and GP series.
In 1979 established as a dealer in rare motoring and motor racing books
and ephemera. Still trading with regular lists. Autobiography "It
Beats Working" published in 1996. with its sequel "It Still beats
in 2003. After more than three decades based in the UK he has now returned
to his native New Zealand.
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