By David Cross and Bjørn Kjer. Transport in international motor sport has always been a
major task for all competitors. Whilst modern Formula 1 drivers travel in
style, often in private jet planes, their cars and mechanics follow in
sophisticated tractor/trailer transporters but earlier contestants and in
particular those who were not well-to-do, had to use whatever transport was
available to them, more often travelling in old vehicles in the dead of night,
when roads were quieter.
Overshadowed by the antics of racing drivers and their
magnificent steeds, perhaps it is not surprising that there is no treatise
dedicated to the racing car transporter. However, transporters are so vital to
the start of every race that this omission needed to be rectified and the 550
photographs and other images collected in this book not only represent a unique
visual history of an important motor racing ingredient but also fill a glaring
gap in the chronicles of motor sport.
Racing car transporters not only come in the form of road vehicles but also in
the shape of trains, boats and aeroplanes, in fact, any device which hauls a
racing car, and that includes man power! Some photographs have been lying
unseen in private collections and some have already seen the light of day. The
latter have been chosen to reappear either because of their visual attraction
or their importance to the overall subject. Colour photos of early transporters
are rare, so the majority of pictures are black and white but colour images
including models, paintings and superbly detailed line drawings are featured in
A map of Europe and North Africa shows principal venues for
pre-war motor sport events. Linked to this, there is a brief study of the
travels during the 1938 season for the Mercedes-Benz team and its slog across
Europe and this is amplified by diary extracts of the Auto Union mechanic and
transporter driver, Hans Jugel. His diary was recently unearthed in
Audi’s archives and it contains fascinating facts and figures now revealed to
the public for the first time.
Captions for photos have been carefully researched and
checked for accuracy with the expert help of Bjørn Kjer whose knowledge is well
known and respected in transporter circles. Information contained in captions
sometimes exceeds the immediate subject field but in doing so, engages the
reader in other entertaining facets of the image.
To enhance aspects of transporter life, where appropriate and with permission,
extracts from other writers have been quoted, either verbatim or in précis
The order of contents is largely alphabetical, not chronological, and this
approach encourages the reader into a feeling of serendipity, not quite knowing
what is coming up next. The indices will be by proper names, transporter
manufacturers and coachbuilders.
The Earl of March and Kinrara has probably done more for historic motor sport
than anyone and many readers will have attended the now famous Goodwood Revival
where some of the transporters shown in this book are seen each year. He has
kindly written a foreword to the book.
David Cross was
born in 1938 and was educated at Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire. He
qualified as a Chartered Accountant and was a partner in private practice for
many years until he retired in 2003. Married with two daughters, his interest
in motor sport began at an early age with a visit to Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb
and although never a competitor, he keenly follows historic motor sport, being
closely involved with the Bond Formula Junior racing cars, admiring the spirit
which engenders Fast is good – faster is better!
For some years, he has been intrigued by the ways in which
racing cars appeared at events and was disappointed to find no guidance on what
appeared to be an important facet of motor sport. He decided to remedy the
omission and detailed research has resulted in the publication of Inside
the Paddock: Racing Car Transporters at Work.
the son of a haulier, was born in 1946 and grew up in Denmark. He was sniffing
petrol and diesel from an early age. A draughtsman by profession, he also
worked as a transport manager and administrator but is now retired. His
collection of model racing cars started at an early age and from 1978 he spent
much time photographing and learning about lorries, as well as writing articles
and giving practical support to the publication of several books on transport.
Later, he became seriously interested in the history and modus operandi of
motor racing transporters.