Wednesday, 28 May 2008

From Ferrari to Fired! The Apprentice BBC1


Last night's episode saw Sir Alan Sugar's Apprentice hopeful Michael Sophocles given the boot after given the task of renting timed slots in supercars to potential wealthy Londoners. Hilariously, Michael chose to pitch his Ferrari at the fruitmarket on Portobello Road. It came as no surprise when Michael was subsequently fired in the boardroom for poor sales. Veloce Publishing's latest exciting new book to be in stock entitled From Fells to Ferrari – The Official Biography of Cliff Allison should have no problem reeling in Ferrari enthusiasts out there.

From the Fells to Ferrari – The Official Biography of Cliff Allison
By Graham Gauld

Features

- One of the early young British drivers after the war
- Cliff Allison cut his teeth on the tough races of 500cc Formula 3 and fought his way through the early days of Lotus
- The first driver to score World Championship points for Lotus
- As competent in sports cars as Grand Prix cars
- Winner of the Index of Performance at Le Mans in a Lotus Eleven
- Ferrari team-mate of Tony Brooks, Dan Gurney and Phil Hill
Description

The biography of Cliff Allison, who began motor racing over fifty years ago with a little Cooper 500. Very much a countryman at heart, Allison was not one of the party-going racing crowd, but a driver with a huge ambition to race in Formula 1. With 100 photos, full history and complete race results, this is a fascinating piece of motorsport’s past.
Synopsis

This book is the biography of Cliff Allison who started motor racing over fifty years ago with a little Cooper 500. Very much a countryman at heart Allison was not one of the party-going racing drivers but a driver with a huge ambition to race in Formula 1. He and Graham Hill competed in the first grand prix race for Colin Chapman’s Lotus team in 1958 and scored the first world championship points for Lotus. He later joined Ferrari and won the Argentine 1000kms sports car race with American co-driver Phil Hill as well as being a member of the Ferrari grand prix team in 1959 and 1960. Cliff Allison can also claim victories in many sports car events including winning the Index of Performance at Le Mans in 1957 with a 750cc Lotus Eleven-Climax.
His retired from racing following an accident whilst driving a Lotus-Climax in practice for the Belgian GP at Spa in 1961.

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