Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport by Terry Lovell

By Terry Lovell

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 2008

He is the guy who created modern day formulation One. he's either feared and trendy for how within which he masterminded its transformation from an beginner recreation of the fifties right into a worldwide billion greenback of the twenty first century. And now, along with his fortune, impact, and tool, Bernie Ecclestone has moved into the area of football with Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore to show Queen's Park Rangers, a suffering west London membership, right into a severe rival to the capital's glamour membership, Chelsea. in a single day, QPR has entry to extra wealth than actual Madrid, in a position to compete with the monetary backing of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's Russian billionaire proprietor.

But what makes Bernie run? What lies in the back of the awful, poker-face of this deal-maker extraordinaire, who, for almost forty years, has ruthlessly exploited and ruled formulation One?

To many he turned the savior of the game, yet there have additionally been many that have suffered at this hands—the vulnerable and the gullible, the politically naive and unsuspecting. they've got a special tale to inform. Revealing the unbridled avarice, callousness, and corruption at the back of the hype of formulation One, this ebook additionally exhibits the warts-and-all personality of the guy who's now surroundings his points of interest on a activity no much less decadent.

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If Marshall had been treated to an almost comical display of Ecclestone’s churlishness, he was soon to appreciate the shrewd efficiency of his business style. The next day, when he informed the management at Shoreham airport that he would no longer require a hangar for the Piper, an air-control staff member casually commented that he hadn’t remained long at Biggin Hill, adding that the plane had taken off 15 minutes after landing. Marshall then realised why Ecclestone hadn’t met him as arranged.

Hill’s Garage became James Spencer (Bexleyheath) Ltd, although Spencer would not enjoy for long the prestige of the company name. In August 1959 he departed suddenly in uncertain but apparently acrimonious circumstances, according to both Spencer’s widow and daughter. At her home in south London, 85-year-old Mrs Ethel Spencer said she believed her husband ‘wasn’t very pleased with something that had taken place, but I wouldn’t know what, because we never discussed [his business] at home’. Spencer opened his own company, called Chris Steel Cars, in Bromley, Kent, with his son-in-law, Roger Wilson.

It became established, after moving briefly to Repco’s new premises in nearby Surbiton, in a factory next to the River Wey at New Haw, near Weybridge. It was here that Tauranac, as technical director, produced the first Climax-powered Formula One car for the Brabham team debut in 1962. Financed by the sale of Formula Three and Formula Two Libre production cars and Esso and Goodyear sponsorship deals, the combination of Tauranac’s design and technical expertise and Brabham’s driving skills soon established the Brabham team as a crowd-pulling contender, not least in classic battles with Colin Chapman’s Lotus Ford team.

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