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Fast Lines Paperback – August 19, 2011
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About the Author
Pete then went international, and spent four wonderful years as the F1 correspondent for both Autosport and and the American publication AutoWeek. From 1973 through 1976, at a time before live television or the internet, when fans had to wait for their magazine to arrive to learn the results of a race weekend, Pete tried to put the reader into his shoes at such exotic locales as Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and all the great circuits of Europe.
After several years on-staff as editor of a US racing monthly, which at first was called Formula and later renamed Racecar, Pete chose to become a freelancer once again. Today he contributes to a wide variety of automotive publications, including AutoWeek, for whom he is now a Senior Contributing Editor, and Vintage Racecar Journal, which carries his regular column, "Fast Lines." He also serves as editor of MilePost, the monthly organ of the Motor Press Guild (MPG). Other prestigeous publications in which Pete's byline has appeared include Racer, Road & Track, Corvette Quarterly, Car and Driver, Vintage Motorsport, Cycle, Cycle World, Private Pilot and many others.
To date Pete Lyons is the author of six books. His work has been honored with the Dean Batchelor Award of the Motor Press Guild, an Award for Journalism given by the Road Racing Driver's Club, and the International Motor Press Association's Ken Purdy Award.
The Historic Grand Prix Association periodically awards its Pete Lyons Cup to owners of vintage F1 cars whom Pete feels best recreate the spirit of the historic times he remembers so vividly.
To scratch that old F3 itch, Pete has attended several competition driving schools, including the Bob Bondurant School, Skip Barber School, British School of Motor Racing, Jim Russell School and Jim Hall II Kart Racing School. He has test-driven many high performance cars, including several Ford GT40s, Lola and Shadow Can-Am machines, a Porsche 935 Turbo, a March-BMW GTP, and a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. He has competed in Formula Ford open-wheel racing, on go karts, and as a navigator in rallies (class winner with World Champion driver Denny Hulme in Tour of Britain, 1976).
No Cooper-Norton has come his way, but Pete has owned a Norton motorcycle and several other bikes, including Honda, Suzuki, Triumph, Triton (Triumph-Norton special) and Vincent, and has ridden all across the United States, deep into Mexico, and throughout much of Europe. His most interesting personal car was a 1973 Corvette, a bright red coupe which he drove from race to race in Europe during his F1 years (see photo above). The flying bug bit, too: he earned his private pilot's license in 1976, and has owned Cessna, Mooney and Piper aircraft. At the extremes of the flight envelope, he has proudly logged pilot time in the Goodyear Blimp and at the (back seat) stick of a Navy Blue Angels jet.
Pete, his wife Lorna Fitts Lyons, and two cats are at home today in a small mountain community in Southern California.
Top Customer Reviews
It doesn’t work here. I think the problem is that the editorial standards of Road and Track and AutoWeek are higher than those of Vintage Racecar magazine. I assume the pay is also better.
Peter Lyons has written some great books on auto racing, especially about the Can Am series, but this collection of columns doesn’t meet those standards. The columns vary widely in quality. Too many read like snippets of articles that never got published or recollections of long past events that were triggered by reading old articles.
But even if you weren't around during the era that he writes about, this is a very readable and enjoyable book about the time when motorsports was less of a business. Just be aware that Pete does not avoid the tragedy that was an all-too-frequent occurrence. But in view of how relatively safe racing has become nowadays, even that isn't too much of a negative.
Buy this book, keep it near your reading chair, and absorb it in modest bites.
This is a wonderful book! Give this to your favorite motor racing fan.