Climbing the Mountain - Allan Moffat The Autobiography


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  • ISBN: 9781760296087
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  • Publ Date: 2017-09-27
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  • Binding: HardBack
  • Pages: 320
  • Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
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  • ID - 187452


Allan Moffat sits high in the pantheon of Australian motor sport. Through the heyday of touring car racing in the '70s and '80s his rivalry with Peter Brock was legendary. Over a 17-year period, either Brock or Moffat won at Bathurst on 13 occasions. Moffat won four Australian Touring Car Championships, Brock won three. But whereas Brock was the charismatic crowd pleaser, Moffat was notoriously taciturn and intense - a man of few words and most of them gruff. Now aged 76, Moffat is telling his story for the first time. His book is the compelling account of a young Canadian who moved to Australia with his family as a boy and became one of our greatest racing drivers. It's a tale of the great rivalry with Brock, that surprisingly ended with a driving partnership and huge mutual respect, and it's about nostalgia for the glory days of motor sport in this country, when the concept of Holden vs Ford really did divide the nation, and when Mount Panorama was the true Mecca for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Australians. Filled with intense rivalries, huge egos, on-course stories and incidents, and all against the backdrop of our motor sport history over more than forty years, this is THE book for all fans of Australian motor racing.

Author Biography:

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Allan Moffat won the Australian Touring Car Championship four times, the Sandown 500 six times and the Bathurst 500/1000 four times. He is one of only two drivers to have won The Great Race at Bathurst in both formats-500 miles and 1000 kilometres. He was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 1999, and became an Australian citizen in 2004. After he retired from racing he became an expert commentator on motor-sport telecasts for Channel Seven, Channel 9 and the ABC.John Smailes is a journalist, motor-sport commentator, publicist and, until recently, the proprietor of a specialised communications agency. He was co-commentator with Will Hagon on the ABC's national coverage of the Australian Touring Car Championship at the combative height of the Ford versus Holden wars. He is the author of a history of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.



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