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Grand Prix: The Killer Years

History, Sport
Arena Sport
Publication Date
01 March 2016
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
8pp b/w plates

Grand Prix: The Killer Years

Extended Interviews from the BBC film
by John L. Matthews - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

This is the story of Formula One’s killer years when the sport was out of control. In the 1960s and early 1970s mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence led to dozens of brave young drivers losing their lives, with the grizzly spectacle often televised for millions to see.

With boycotts of the prestigious Belgian and German Grands Prix, drivers fought to get their voices heard but it would be a long and painful time before conditions changed.

Featuring many famous drivers, including three World Champions – Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees OBE – renowned filmmaker John L Matthews goes to the heart of those deadly years and tells the story in the words of the men who were there in a collection of compelling, illuminating and deeply moving extended interviews from the critically acclaimed BBC film.

John L Matthews is a film-maker whose production company, Bigger Picture Films, created the BBC documentary, Grand Prix: The Killer Years, which was long-listed for a BAFTA. This is his first book.