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A Race with Love and Death  by Richard Williams

A Race with Love and Death: The Story of Richard Seaman

Richard Williams

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 19 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781471179358

The story of Richard Seaman, one of the greatest stars of the golden era of motorsport, who met a tragic end

4 stars out of 5
24 Apr 2020

"He was gone before our time. A Race with Love and Death, Richard Williams’ charming account of Seaman’s life, will help put this to rights"

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For young devotees of Formula One, Senna’s reputation lingers, but for many of us postwar babies who tracked the triumphs of Jim Clark, the life of Seaman, the finest British race car driver of the 1930s, is but a blank. He was gone before our time. A Race with Love and Death, Richard Williams’ charming account of Seaman’s life, will help put this to rights and remind others of a time in Grand Prix racing when with grievous regularity, before the enhanced safety standards championed by Jackie Stewart and others, the fast died young and died often

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Sam Wollaston
13 Mar 2020

"a splendid account"

This is a tale for the enthusiast, but by no means exclusively. Yes, there are mentions of plugs and pistons, tappets and timing; but there is also a brilliant Italian mechanic named Giulio working away in Seaman’s Knightsbridge garage, adjusting those tappets to get the engine timing (of a French Delage, this was pre Silver Arrow) just right. If you don’t know what a Delage looks like, look it up and picture these beautiful lethal silver machines hurtling around – and off – the Nürburgring.

4 stars out of 5
13 Mar 2020

"it may be some small consolation that Dick Seaman died doing something he loved for the thrills"

His story was new to me and Williams is the right man to tell it — a fine sports writer with a deep passion for motorsport who published an acclaimed work about another tragic racer, The Death of Ayrton Senna. He knows his Maseratis from his Delages, and can take us under the bonnet. Trying to prise open Seaman, all Brylcreem hair and stiff upper lip, though is a tougher challenge. This chap from a line of Scots lairds was as buttoned up as the tuxedo he wore for dinner at the Ritz.