John Aston's anecdotes, wit, strong opinion and acute observations recount insightful and affectionate portraits of the many facets of motor sport, its people and its places. DRIVEN takes you on a journey from Lake District vintage car trials to drag racing at Santa Pod, NASCAR racing in North Carolina and international events at Silverstone.
DRIVEN is John Aston's hugely entertaining motoring autobiography.
This ambitious and far-ranging book begins with his early days as a teenage car enthusiast and race marshal in the late Sixties before covering the wide range of subjects close to his heart. These include the best and worst of Formula One, the icon that is Ferrari, the writer's NASCAR adventure, and the delights of long road trips in his beloved Caterham Seven. But that's not all, as you can read about why the NSU Ro80 was a prophet without honour, as well as what the writer thinks about the changing face of motoring journalism. Yes, one J Clarkson is mentioned ... And there's more still, as a major part of the book is a first-hand account of a year in British motorsport.
The writer's love of the lesser known categories of motorsport illuminates the text, as does his insight into the places, people and machinery making up the sport's diversity. He describes the mood music of events ranging from a round of the British Touring Car Championship to historic race meetings for Cortinas and Minis, before venturing further from the mainstream with drag racing at Santa Pod, speed hillclimbs, autograss and rallying. Oh - he also doubled the average age at a Time Attack meeting. Don't expect objective reporting, as he holds strong opinions, but they are leavened by a tongue firmly lodged in his cheek. Any reader, enthusiast or not, is guaranteed to enjoy reading about these adventures as much as the writer enjoyed having them.
About the author
John Aston was born in Leeds in 1952 and grew up in a mining village where his father was the local GP. He attended school in Wakefield and gained an LLB at the University of Leeds. John worked as a public sector lawyer, starting his career in Lincoln from 1975 to 1979 before returning to North Yorkshire, where he worked until his retirement in 2012.
The author has two obsessions – angling and motor sport – and has written extensively about both, his first article was published in 1981, his first book in 2007, and the second five years later. He became interested in motor sport in 1967, about 7000 car magazines ago, and he is passionate about the diversity of British motor sport and the importance of experiencing it live.
John drove Caterham Sevens for 20 years but loves driving anything, anywhere. His head belongs to Lotus but his heart is firmly located in Maranello, but, sadly, his small collection of Ferraris is in 1/12 scale..
John has travelled to Europe and USA to watch motor sport, but claims never to be happier than when he is watching old cars racing at Cadwell Park. He volunteered as a marshal in the Seventies, working at a range of events from speed hill climbs to Formula 1, and has since been involved in many other facets of the car and motor sport community.