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Fred Opert: Motor Sport Entrepreneur, wheeler-dealer, Racer, Champion-maker & Bon Vivant

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Fred Opert: Motor Sport Entrepreneur, wheeler-dealer, Racer, Champion-maker & Bon Vivant

By Peter Hill
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Paperback • 14.8x21cm • 160 pages • 41 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-787115-65-1

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• The fascinating biography of a motorsport entrepreneur and personality of the '60s & '70s
• The story of Fred Opert, the ever-smiling team owner and talent spotter
• The adventures of running racing teams across the world, from Colombia to New Zealand, Mexico to Macau, Argentina to Japan
• The man who brought European formula racing to North America
• Stories and anecdotes from the famous drivers and team personnel who worked with Fred Opert
• He took cars from Bolton in Lancashire and made them best sellers and winners in North America
• An insight into the life of one of motor sport's most colourful personalities
• Stories from the wild days of motorsport – Rosberg, Hunt, Jones, Rahal, Redman, Rebaque and the men who worked with them
• The story of a life spent wheeling & dealing, running race teams across the globe, and the devastation of a tragedy
• Who else but Opert could export VWs to Germany?

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Bon vivant, racing-car champion, entrepreneur, wheeler-dealer, and champion-maker – this is the life of the irrepressible, effervescent Fred Opert, who went from jail to success as race-car importer/dealer, race team owner and F1 team manager before tragedy caused him to walk away from the sport he loved.

Synopsis

The engaging story of Fred Opert, whose brief time in a New York jail led him into a roller-coaster life of automobiles and motorsport.
The author takes you into Opert's world of spotting talent in both drivers and crew members: 20 future F1 drivers who drove for Opert on their way to F1, and future team owners like Barry Green and Dick Bennetts of WSR who cut their teeth with Opert. Read their stories and the adventures they had with this larger than life character, through to the tribulations of managing the ATS F1 team. Then the tragedy that turned him away from the sport after he was lured back to run a team, only to have his driver and friend, Olivier Chandon, killed during testing.
Peter Hill met Fred Opert in the '70s during Opert's championship winning years with Keke Rosberg. He has interviewed at length most of Opert's drivers including Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones, Brian Redman and Bobby Rahal. He has written this biography with the co-operation of Opert's family, friends and ex-employees.

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Paperback • 14.8x21cm • 160 pages • 41 pictures

Additional Information

Tells the inside story of Fred Opert, the ever-smiling, wheeler-dealer, entrepreneur and risk taker, who ran teams and champions on both sides of the Atlantic.
First-hand stories from champion drivers, team owners, family and friends of Fred Opert, one of the sport’s most colourful characters.
Rare photos of Opert with future champions and team personnel plus period advertisements and publicity material.

   

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