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Mason's Motoring Mayhem - Tony Mason's hectic life in motorsport and television

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Mason's Motoring Mayhem - Tony Mason's hectic life in motorsport and television
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By Tony Mason
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22.8x15.3cm • 208 pages • 123 colour pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845844-39-4

£ 24.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• A combination of high profile success in motorsport and television
• Revisit a golden era in rallying
• Involvement with a top world rally team as competitor and manager
• Working with stars of television and motorsport
• Humorous anecdotes from every era
• Television out-takes and various filming dramas
• Travels around the world
• Performing to audiences
• Rallying from club to international level
• Plenty of humour from car calamities and comic people


A full, frank and hilarious account of Tony Mason’s hectic life, from humble beginnings in the Lake District to stardom on television and in motorsport. His story includes his business life, TV mistakes, rallying crashes, appearances on stage and travels to many far-flung places, all packed with laughs along the way.


Few people achieve success and notoriety in more than one field, but Tony Mason has managed it! He joined a local car club before he even had a car, eventually climbing to the top with rally wins in his native Lake District, before joining the prestigious Ford works team and co-driving Britain’s biggest rally star, Roger Clark, to win outright the RAC Rally – Britain’s toughest event of its kind. He started a successful car accessory business then ventured onto the stage for a short while, before being signed by the BBC to appear on its popular Top Gear programme, on which he was a main presenter for 15 years. His cheery presence became a popular part of the programme, and he moved from rallying to driving all manner of vehicles, from vintage Rolls-Royces, Reliant Robins, tanks, fire engines and Eddie Stobart trucks. After he was famously bombarded with snowballs during a report on the Monte Carlo Rally, he became even better known, with the famous out-take being shown on programmes around the the world.
Tony Mason’s light-hearted, jovial persona transfers from television to page in this autobiography, taking readers on a trip from his early life in the seaside town of Morecambe through almost 100 countries, with thrills, spills, ups-and-downs all vividly remembered and often shown in photographs.

Independent Reviews

[Tony’s] experiences in club rallying in the late '50s and '60s are extensively and often hilariously recounted in this entertaining autobiography ... The 'mayhem' of the title will become apparent as the reader progresses through a book which this reviewer devoured at a single sitting, so absorbing did he find it. ... [T]his book struck a particular chord with me, but it's just as likely to do so with many other readers, not just those of a certain age!

The truth is Mason is one of the sport’s good guys and counts himself very lucky to have experienced the things he has. Motoring Mayhemis his own, laugh-out-loud, account of his helter-skelter life in motorsport.
Irish World Newspapers

Reading [the book] is like having Tony just chatting away to you in a comer of your front room, with the same infectious enthusiasm bouncing off the pages ... a rattling good read and as with all Veloce titles, it's excellent value for money. An ideal read for a Saturday afternoon in the deckchair or on a long plane flight. It's all light-hearted fun, as you would expect.
Old Stager

It’s an interesting and easy, down-to-earth read and covers a wide subject range. For rally fans it provides an insight into a life that all of us would probably like to copy – rallying at every available opportunity.

Hugely entertaining, and a great insight into both the world of rallying and television.
Motorsport News

Details Tony Mason's varied life, from growing up in the Lake District to commentating and presenting rallying and Top Gear, plus his successful co-driving years ... an entertaining and fascinating read
Auto Express *****

Altogether it’s a most interesting tale throughout for all ages to read. The older reader will enjoy the long lists of names of events and drivers of long ago, while the younger will marvel at however we could run events with such easy going regulations.
MCC (Motor Cycling Club)

Here, for the first time, is a collection of amusing tales involving the bubbly Mason’s calamitous capers from the cockpit and in front of the camera over the past four decades ... a most amusing read.

... an amusing look back over Tony Mason's life. You can hear his unmistakable tones as you read and, such was his success as a co-driver, it is a slight unjustice that he became far better known for his TV work. This book should help to correct the imbalance, with the majority concentrating on his time competing the account of his 1972 RAC Rally win alongside Roger Clark is superb.
Classic & Sports Car

Altogether it’s a most interesting tale throughout for all ages to read. The older reader will enjoy the long lists of names of events and drivers of long ago, while the younger will marvel at however we could run events with such easy going regulations.

This autobiography adopts such a candid, understated tone you almost get the sense that Mason wonders what all the fuss is about and as a result it's very endearing. Mason began co-driving on local motor-club rallies in Cumbria in the late Fifties, partnering drivers of greater and greater calibre until arguably the peak of his career: winning the RAC Rally with Roger Clark. However, Mason had always had one foot in the world of the media, and gradually the rallying gave way to broadcasting; many will have first come across him when he presented Top Gear in the Nineties. Mason establishes himself in the opening chapters as a shy, rallying obsessed Dinky-toy collecting schoolboy, and you swiftly get the sense that this spirit never really left him. He maintains a ho-hum style throughout, even though characters such as Sir Stirling Moss, Ken Dodd, Eric Morecambe, Jim Clark, Gracie Fields, the Great Train Robbers, Prince Michael of Kent, the president of Malaysia and a gung-ho Peruvian general wander in and out unannounced.
Classic Cars

This is a fun book packed with stories from Mason's travels around the world and his experiences with motorsport glitterati.

Additional Information

Period covered: 1944 to date

Models covered: All rally cars since the ‘60s. Also various cars, trucks, buses, etc. from TV work


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