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Formula 5000 Motor Racing – Back then, and back now

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Formula 5000 Motor Racing – Back then, and back now
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By Derek Lawson
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Hardback • 192 pages • 250x250mm • 200 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-216-1

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• Formula 5000 celebrates its 40th Anniversary in Europe in 2009!
• Complete chronology of the championships from 1969
• Deeply researched history reveals details of the impact F5000 cars and drivers had on events which are rarely documented
• Tables listing the European Championship season’s top 10 drivers and the cars they used
• Over 200 high quality photographs, many previously unpublished
• Covers many circuits, in the UK and abroad
• Index of driver names provides quick access.


This book is a trip down memory lane, recalling the days when Formula 5000 cars roared around the race tracks in Britain and Europe, creating a lot of noise and, occasionally, dust. The wail of a 5-litre engine was often more spine-tingling than ANY other racing car! Nowadays, many of the same cars show modern day spectators just what Formula 5000 was. Few, if any, of the drivers are prima donnas, and many want to know what their car did before it came into their possession. This book answers those questions and many more.


This book covers a very popular ‘formula’ of racing cars that is generally untapped as a subject by other authors. Although Formula 5000 has never had the mass appeal of F1, in some instances the cars and drivers became favourites of spectators across the globe. Some drivers went on to great fame after their adventures in this genre – Peter Gethin in F1 and Brian Redman in Sports Cars, for example.
Formula 5000 was launched in the UK and Europe in 1969, but fell by the wayside at the end of 1976 – although a few cars continued to run in other events after that. Some cars came back to circuits in 2003 as part of the Formula One Race Car Entrants (FORCE) package, but it was in 2004 that a lot more cars became really re-acquainted with their old haunts following the launch of the Derek Bell Trophy, backed by the UK’s Historic Sports Car Club. This book will remind readers of both periods when the cars ran in anger.

Independent Reviews

"Right here is Christmas sorted for anyone over a certain age. F5000 is still talked about in hushed tones by some and here you get to see a little of why. Thundering machines from an age when these bucking and hopping projectiles could only be tamed by top drivers.
Uniquely this book also covers the cars that are still around and being raced in Historic events more recently. A good book, and I'm about to tie a bow on this one."
Track Driver

"A must-have for everyone who was, or indeed is, involved with these great cars."
Motor Sport

"If you love stock-block V8s and racing cars with large air boxes and fat tyres, you'll enjoy this."

"With over 200 photographs, many of which have never been published before, this is an informative and entertaining book."
Total Kitcar

"A finely illustrated, classic account of the history and culture of Formula 5000 ... Here is a chronology of all its championships and a finely researched history probing the cars and their drivers in a rare documentation highly recommended for any motorsports library!"


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