Eoin Young's Collector's Column no. 22
Barley Mow Down Under
It was just like the Barley Mow in West Horsley, lunching at a friendly pub with the good old boys from the good old days of motor racing. It was a generation thing. We enjoyed the company and the stories and they liked keeping up with the latest Grand Prix gossip. Sir Jack Brabham is 80 next Tuesday (April 2) and his birthday bash in Sydney is bringing his old racing mates out from Blighty. Tony and Pina Brooks visited New Zealand for the first time on their way to the Brabham birthday and had lunch with Chris and Tish Amon on the way. They also had lunch at my replacement for the Barley Mow – The Brewer’s Arms at Merivale in Christchurch – with a group of my motor racing mates who couldn’t believe that they were in the company of a quiet man, rated by Stirling Moss as one of the top track men of his time. Michael Clark flew down from Auckland for the lunch, said it was the most expensive meal he’d ever had…and thought it was well worth every penny! Gavin Bain brought along his D-Type and Tony climbed aboard for the traditional after-lunch snap. Ironic as it happened, because Tony had only ever been in a D-Type once before and that was a private test at Oulton Park. He had always been an Aston man in sports cars.
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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.
The stock of
books and ephemera is constantly changing.
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