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A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story

On 11th June1955, Lance Macklin became a central player in motor racing’s worst tragedy. Not only did that day at Le Mans scar him forever, but it went on to become his most lasting legacy.

A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story by Jack Barlow

An entertaining biography with unexpected twists and turns

Publication Information
Catalogue: V5787
ISBN: 9781787117877
RRP: £20.00 (UK), $32.50 (US), $42.50 (CAN)
Format: Hardback, 216 pages, 198mm x 130mm, July 2022
Photos/Illustrations: 40 pictures
Subject: Motorsport, People
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Author: Jack Barlow

A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story by Jack Barlow

On 11th June1955, Lance Macklin became a central player in motor racing’s worst tragedy. Not only did that day at Le Mans scar him forever, but it went on to become his most lasting legacy.

Who, many over the years have asked, was that ‘gentleman driver’ in the Healey?

One thing’s for sure: he was no amateur. That day overshadowed the remarkable career of one of British racing’s leading lights, of a driver who befriended and mentored champions, who was stunningly quick on the track and charming off it. 

Featuring a wealth of archival material and new interviews, this book finally tells the fascinating story of one of motorsport’s most underrated and misunderstood talents.

More Information
• A unique look inside the life of one of Britain's most fascinating racing drivers 
• Macklin was quick on the track and smoother off it
• A life lived from British racetracks to New Zealand fish and chip shops. 
• The events of 11th June1955 would haunt Macklin to the end of his life 
• An entertaining biography with unexpected twists and turns 
• A tale of bravery, friendship, heartbreak and tragedy 
• The crash that changed motorsport history 
• One of the world's quickest drivers, the racing was never enough
• Adventurer, inventor, ladies' man, racer
• He could have had it all - but he just didn't care 

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  • A fantastic book about an interesting and entertaining man who lived an exciting life with a great deal of charm, style and sheer bravery. It’s wonderfully written – Jack Barlow lets you glimpse inside an exotic world of larger than life characters who weren’t about to let society’s norms stop them from living life to the full. This is the story of a man whose life, and especially his mental health, were defined by sporting tragedy, but despite the sad ending, it is hugely lively and amusing. Fans of 1950s motor racing will find much to enjoy but even people with no interest in the sport at all will find a great deal to relish in this wonderful book.

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