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Motorsport’s Military Heroes (Hardback)

Iconic individuals and their stories of bravery in conflict and racing

British History 20th Century Biographies Military

By Bryan Lightbody
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 25 mono
ISBN: 9781399097116
Published: 30th September 2022


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It is a little known fact that many of the motorsport icons of the twentieth century also carried out acts of bravery in war time.

Enzo Ferrari served during First World War, as did the 1920s Bentley Boys, John Duff, Bernard Rubin, Woolf Barnato, Sammy Davis and Glen Kidston. Flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker was an Indianapolis 500 racing driver. Muriel Thompson was a First World War ambulance driver as well as a racing driver. Commentator Murray Walker was a tank commander in the Second World War. TV presenter Raymond Baxter was a racing driver and Spitfire pilot. Carroll Shelby was a racing driver as well as a pilot and instructor in the US Airforce. His friend, engineer and racing driver Ken Miles, served through the war as a specialist in tank recovery, landing as part of the D-Day operations.

These are just a few of the men and women profiled in this book who risked all in conflict before risking all on the track.

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About Bryan Lightbody

Bryan Lightbody is a former policeman who worked for a time for MI5. For twelve years he worked in close protection for senior members of the British royal family. He has written several historical novels. He currently works as a First World War battlefield guide, as well as being a personal security advisor.

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