An odd title for a motor racing book? Not really, once the context has been explained. When Jody Scheckter prepared to venture to Europe in 1971, South African racing mainstay Jackie Pretorius suggested he used big words to impress his hosts – and these were the three he proposed…
This labour of love focuses not just on 1979 world champion Scheckter, but many a successful racing compatriot whose exploits are less widely known.
Some will be familiar to anybody who once spent their weekends at British racetracks – Kenny Gray, Mike White, Rad Dougall – while others used to trip our conscience when they turned up to make one-off Grand Prix appearances in their home event. Eddie Keizan, for instance, or Doug Serrurier. Engineers and designers are covered, too – most notably Gordon Murray.
In an age when almost every mainstream motor sport topic has received saturation coverage, this scores on two fronts: it’s an entertaining read and genuinely differs from the automotive literary norm. SA
Published by Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-77010-323-8, $20.00 (e-version £11.99 from amazon.co.uk)