Specialist motorsport books

My friend Bernard Cowdrey has these books available, please e-mail him for further details :

or you can call him on 02380-269639.


First up is this, 'To Draw A Long Line' by C.E. 'Johnny' Johnson. This book has proved so popular that it has warranted a re-print, this time in paperback. It describes in detail Johnny Johnsons' life at Connaught when he was their Chief Draughtsman during the 1950's. He designed the famous 'B' series Connaught 2.5 litre GP car which won the Syracuse Grand Prix in 1955, Britains' first Grand Prix win since Henry Seagraves' victory in the 1924 San Sebastian Grand Prix. Only 14.99.

'Castle Combe Circuit-The First 50 Years'.

Following on from the success of his earlier book on Thruxton, Paul Lawrence has written this interesting and well-documented book on the Castle Combe circuit.

Foreword is by none other than Sir Stirling Moss.

20 plus 2 p&p UK only.

'The Lone Furrow'

Another book by Paul Lawrence, this is the story of Arthur Mallock and the U2 racing cars.

19.50 plus 2.50 p&p UK only.

'The 1903 Irish Gordon Bennett' by Bob Montgomery.

This is a 'must' for every motor sport enthusiasts' collection; wonderful photographs and a documented history of this famous race that saved motorsport following the disastrous Paris to Madrid race.

This is a strictly limited edition of no more than 500 numbered copies.

49.99 each.

'Sun On The Grid' by Ken Stewart and Norman Reich.

The only complete history of South African motor racing. Originally published in 1967, this limited hardback edition was re-printed in 1998.

Priced at 69.99, very few remain now.

'The Half Ton Formula' by Bernard Cowdrey.

This is Bernard's second book on the series and the only book written solely on the 1.5 litre Grand Prix era of 1961 to 1965. A complete A-Z of the cars, the book includes details and photographs of many rare Soth African specials. There is also a section on the Inter-Continental formula of 1961. All copies of the book ordered through this website will be signed by the author.


An opportunity to purchase the only book dedicated to Formula 5000, compiled as an A-Z of the cars built and raced between 1969 and 1975. Many never before published photographs are included. The first copies of this book sold out within eight months, this is a limited paperback version which retails at 18.99.
'Thruxton The First Thirty Years'

By Paul Lawrence.

Illustrated by 130 rare photographs, this book tells the story of one of Britain's fastest and most demanding tracks.

Foreword written by Derek Warwick.

12 plus 2 p&p.

Feel free to e-mail Bernard at for further details, and tell him Yesterday's Racers sent you!