This 240 page book was ghost written by Gordon Wilkins in 1957 and chronicles Hawthorn’s career up until that point.
Everyone who admires the skill and forcefulness of Hawthorn will delight in “Challenge Me the Race,” in which his cheerful personality shines through a career which has contained many set-backs as well as popular success. In covering his great duels with Fangio, notably when he won the French Grand Prix at Reims in 1953, and of the shocking accident at Le Mans in 1955, if Hawthorn is not sensational at least the reader feels he is being honest.
At the time of his Reims’ victory one heard that tears streamed down his face at “God Save the Queen” but in this book Mike claims the hub-to-hub battle with Fangio to have been boring in the extreme.
Signed by John Cooper who was the son of Charles Cooper of the Cooper Car Company. John became an auto racing legend with a rear-engined chassis design that would help change the face of the motor racing sports. He set multiple records at Montlhery at the end of 1953. Many notable driver’s chose Cooper’s Cars: Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant, and Bruce McLaren.
Signed by John Cooper