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.
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, winning the Argentinian 1000km 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 driving a Lotus-Climax in practice for the Belgian GP at Spa in 1961.
About the author
Graham Gauld has been a motoring journalist since the age of 17 and has edited a number of magazines, as well as being a regular contributor to motoring publications all over the world. For the past fifteen years he has concentrated on motor racing history. Away from writing, Graham spent eleven years on the RAC Race Committee and five years on the FIA Historic Commission, and also organised motor racing in Scotland for a number of years.