The story of the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix - the last race of the heroic age of motor racingThere has been much talk of how Grand Prix motor racing has become rather dull with big name, big brand winners ousting out all competition. But it wasn't always so. Once a romantic sport, motor sport produced heros whose where individual skill and daring were paramount.The 1957 Pescara Grand Prix marked the end of an era in motor racing. Sixteen cars and drivers raced over public roads on the Adriatic coast in a three-hour race of frightening speed and constant danger. Stirling Moss won the race, beating the great Juan Manuel Fangio (in his final full season) and ending years of supremacy by the Italian teams of Ferrari and Maserati. Richard Williams brings this pivotal race back to life, reminding us of how far the sport has changed in the intervening fifty years. The narrative includes testaments from the four surviving drivers who competed - Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Roy Salvadori and Jack Brabham.
Richard Williams is the chief sports writer for the Guardian and the bestselling author of The Death of Ayrton Senna and Enzo Ferrari: A Life. He is a lifelong fan of Nottingham Forest.Richard Williams is a rock critic who has assumed a significant status in popular culture and whose commentaries have helped to cast light, not just on the music, but on our times. A potent force in British rock journalism from the late 1960s and into the 1980s, he is today he holds the post of chief sports writer on the Guardian, but his early professional years were spent preaching the rock - and jazz - gospel. From 1969 to 1973, he worked on Melody Maker, latterly as Deputy Editor. From 1973-1976 he served Island Records in an A&R role. From 1976-1978, he edited Time Out, and returned to Melody Maker as Editor from 1978-1980. He was the first presenter on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test,' wrote for Let It Rock and Streetlife, acted as pop and jazz reviewer on the Times, and wrote books on Phil Spector, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis.