Motor Racing at Thruxton in the 1970s

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This book makes full use of the author’s unique collection of many previously unpublished colour photos to follow the evolution of UK motorsport at Thruxton through the 1970s. During this time the venue featured in the early careers of many Formula One drivers, and amongst others the book records the performances of such luminaries as Ronnie Peterson, Graham Hill, Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones, and David Purley.


Thruxton has been described as “the UK’s Speedbowl.” The circuit is home to the prestigious British Automobile Racing Club, and during the period covered by this book the author was editor of the club’s magazine. As a result, he was able to get behind the scenes at many of the events, including F2, British Touring Cars, Aurora AFX F1, and club races.
In the 1970s Thruxton featured many famous drivers, including Ronnie Peterson, Graham Hill, Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones, and David Purley. The circuit was also popular with many club racing drivers, with the results almost always being extremely close – whatever the class.
Featuring many previously unpublished photographs from the author’s personal collection, this is an insightful account of racing at one of the fastest circuits in the UK.


  • Thruxton is one of the fastest motor racing circuits in the UK
  • The circuit has remained largely unchanged since it opened
  • It is the spiritual home of Formula 2 in the UK
  • British Touring Cars and F3 raced there throughout the ’70s
  • The circuit features in the careers of many Formula One drivers
  • F5000 became popular at the circuit during the decade
  • Ronnie Peterson, Graham Hill, Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones and David Purley are covered
  • The last ever appearance of the Hesketh F1 Team with James Hunt was at Thruxton in the 1970s
  • Features the author’s unique collection of colour photographs
  • Photos of races, competition cars, and many drivers

About the author

A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Bruce has followed motor racing at his local circuit of Thruxton for more than 40 years. Bruce was originally an official at the circuit before becoming a photojournalist.
Throughout the 1970s Bruce contributed to the BARC’s Thruxton race programmes, before becoming editor of the club’s BARC News (now Startline). He continues to contribute to this publication, specialising in Thruxton events. Bruce’s photographs and articles have appeared in motorsport magazines worldwide.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845846-46-6 • eV number: eV4646 • Published: November 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £10.99 / $16.99 / €13.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).

Motor Racing at Thruxton in the 1970s

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