It is with great sadness we have to report that Eoin passed away in his home town of Christchurch, New Zealand on 5th September 2014. So many of us owe Eoin a great deal. Without his affability and generosity of spirit many of us would probably never have met -or had so many good lunches.The piece below is from Sandra Young, which she read at his funeral:
Hard to believe that Eoin and I had known each other for nearly 50 years, and as he said recently "to think we are still speaking!" For 27 of
those years we were happily married and when Eoin wasn't travelling the world we enjoyed a great family life with our beautiful late daughter
Selina. After all those years Eoin decided to try pastures new, but I am glad to say that by the time he had come to live back in New Zealand
we had become friends again and were able to enjoy time together with Selina and our grandson Alfie. Our lives changed for ever when
Selina died, and Eoin could never come to terms with the death of the daughter he so adored. The legacy she left is our wonderful grandson
Alfie, Eoin was a very proud Grandad, and when I was home in England kept me up to date with all Alfie's activities.
I shan't expect Eoin to come walking through my kitchen door in England, but I shall miss his cheery face greeting me at the airport when I return
each year, and our long lunches together. I shall miss having you in my life Eoin, but count myself lucky to have so many happy memories.
Thanks to all the people who have been in touch with kind words and affectionate memories of Eoin. Everyone has their favourite story and I will, of course forward messages to Sandra and Alfie. There is a particularly nice tribute by Maurice Hamilton on the McLaren website.
Eoin retired from the everyday running of the website some years ago, living in New Zealand and continuing to write articles and attend motorsport events while I took on the majority of the stock which is based in the UK. He continued to take an interest, acting as a consultant and finding his own items of treasure for me to list right up until being taken ill this year. (I can hear him now telling me to raise the price on his anything signed by him as its rarity has just increased!) He was pleased that the book and memorabilia business continued and was more than happy for the website to continue to bear his name. While things will never be the same without him, we are still in business and buying and selling new stock all the time on the catalogue page.. As one of the first people to deal in motoring books, it's fitting that Eoin's name is still at the top of this site.
The columns Eoin wrote for this site are still available to read. See the home page.
Peter Renn. webmaster
It's still business as usual however, with lots of new items on the web site catalogue
The general catalogue is being added to all the time as more treasures and oddities appear. click here or the catalogue button on the left to see the latest items.
Articles by Eoin:
SCRAPBOOKS and THE EDDIE HALL PHOTO ALBUM MYSTERY
GOODWOOD CIRCUIT REVIVAL 2001
SPRING RACING IN NEW ZEALAND
5. "CHASING THE TITLE"- A 'must-read' book...
HERMANN BEATS THE TRAIN
OLD CAR IMAGININGS
NEW BOOKS, PRESCOTT AND GOODWOOD 2002
FIXING FORMULA ONE
CLASSIC RACERS, FORZA AMON! and COLIN CHAPMAN
MY NEW BOOK... & BERNIE'S NEW BOOK
SELLING AT GOODWOOD AND BUYING AT BEAULIEU
TARGA NEW ZEALAND, BRABHAM ON SCHUMACHER, AMON ON CLARK
IT STILL BEATS WORKING!
PUSHING BUTTONS; F1 DRIVER SHUFFLES
STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS
COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS IN WARSAW
18. BERTIE WOOSTER'S SUNBEAM GT FOR SALE
19. MCLAREN MEMORIES
20. "FORZA AMON" SIGNED COLLECTOR'S
21. DURANT RECORD BREAKING RUN
22. BARLEY MOW DOWN UNDER
23. MINTEX MAN - RELINED
24. FERRARI FIRST AND LAST
25. SCRIBE'S WALL OF FAME
26. STIRLING OR TAZIO TOPS?
27. LEW NORRIS
28. RARE FERRARI BROCHURES
29. FRANK GARDER LIVE ON STAGE
Young is a New Zealander
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 in 1976. 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.. Autobiography
Beats Working" and "It Still Beats Working" published
in 1996. and 2003 respectively He writes regular columns for Cars
for the Connoisseur,
Pitpass.com and others. After more
than three decades based in the UK he has now returned to his native New Zealand but the website collection still runs with much of the stock being in the UK.
The stock of
books and ephemera is constantly changing. Click
here to view the current catalogue.