1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously

1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously by John Julian, cover

By John Julian

The 1960s were not kind to racing drivers who aspired to old age. This book is terrific and the David Bull Publishing press release, reprinted below says it far better that I can. Just a few additional notes for MMR fans of Jonathan Williams. He wrote the foreword and is mentioned throughout this book. As you may remember, he drove the second Ferrari in the Mexican GP, the final race of 1967 and his story about that race, A Mexican Muddle: The Shortest Formula One Career on Record can be read here in our short stories.

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Almost half a century later, the year 1967 still brings to mind a flood of vivid events and images, from war in Vietnam and the Middle East to the Summer of Love in San Francisco.

In motor racing, Formula One had never been more glamorous, thanks to charismatic drivers like Jim Clark and movies like the previous year’s Cinerama epic Grand Prix. But the sport was also at its most dangerous, with cars reaching unprecedented speeds on circuits with only rudimentary safety precautions

Now a new book from David Bull Publishing looks back at this unique period in motorsport. In 1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously, author John Julian takes a fresh look at one of racing’s most memorable years through the eyes of Chris Amon, the young New Zealander who had just joined the Ferrari team. For Amon, 1967 began with victory at the Daytona 24 Hours, but soon turned tragic with the death of teammate Lorenzo Bandini at Monaco. At Spa, another spectacular accident put Mike Parkes out of action with two broken legs, and prompted Ludovico Scarfiotti to quit the Ferrari team. That left Amon to fight alone until the last race in Mexico, scoring four third places and finishing fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.

1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously by John Julian

Amon has long been a favorite of true racing enthusiasts. While he’s often noted for his hard luck—in a thirteen-year F1 career he never won a championship Grand Prix—among knowledgeable fans and fellow drivers he is still universally respected for his speed, skill, and sportsmanship on the track. Away from it, Amon’s quick wit and easygoing demeanor made him popular with the media and later a mentor to younger drivers and newcomers to the sport.

1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously by John Julian, Monza

While Amon and Ferrari take center stage, 1967 also looks at the other drivers, teams and events that shaped the campaign for the championship. The book includes observations and memories from such leading drivers as John Surtees and Dan Gurney, as well as informed insiders like Amon’s countryman Howden Ganley, Enzo Ferrari’s assistant Brenda Vernor, and Grand Prix star Eva Marie Saint. It also goes beyond Amon’s time with Ferrari, covering both his early years with the Cooper and Parnell teams, his 1966 victory at Le Mans with Bruce McLaren, and his later career with March and Matra.

1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously by John Julian, Monaco

John Julian’s vibrant prose and extended quotes from key characters in the story make 1967 a fast-paced read, with a wealth of photographs adding atmosphere and excitement. And while the book includes enough detail to satisfy the most serious fan, it also offers a wider view of a bygone era by noting other events in the news, popular songs of the day, and local details about each major race.

David Bull Publishing is the exclusive co-publisher for 1967 in North America. The book is available through specialty motoring booksellers and directly from the publisher. Orders can be made by calling 602-852-9500 or by visiting the David Bull Publishing website.

A specially prepared Publisher’s Edition of 1967 will also be available. Limited to only 150 numbered copies, this edition will be autographed by Chris Amon and the author, and priced at $135.00. For more details on the Publisher’s Edition please contact David Bull Publishing by calling 602-852-9500, or via e-mail.

Book Details
Title:
1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously
Author: John Julian
Format: Hardcover, 12" x 9½", 120 pages, 59 black-and-white and 19 color photographs
Retail price: $49.95/£35.00
ISBN-13: 978-1-935007-24-1

About the Author
John Julian is the author of four previous books on ships and maritime subjects. Based in Waiuku, New Zealand, Julian was brought up in England. As his first book on motor racing, 1967 was inspired by a discussion with his fellow Kiwi Chris Amon, who lent his full support to the project.

About the Publisher
David Bull Publishing is dedicated to producing the best books in motorsports. Founded in 1995, the company has consistently won praise from readers and the media for the editorial quality and presentation of its titles. In 2011 János Wimpffen’s Elva: The Cars, The People, The History won the Motor Press Guild’s award for best book, and in 2012 Michael Argetsinger’s Formula One at Watkins Glen received a Gold Medal in the Transportation category in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. In 2010 Pete Lyons won both the Motor Press Guild’s Best Book of 2010 and the Dean Batchelor Award for Can-Am Cars in Detail.