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The Fred Opert Story

by Hill, Peter Code: 58859 Format: Paperback / 160 pages Publication date: 18/11/2020 Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: November 2020 Price: AU $33.37
The engaging story of Fred Opert, whose brief time in a New York jail led him into a roller-coaster life of automobiles and motorsport. The author takes you into Opert's world of spotting talent in both drivers and crew members: 20 future F1 drivers who drove for Opert on their way to F1, and future team owners like Barry Green and Dick Bennetts of WSR who cut their teeth with Opert. Read their stories and the adventures they had with this larger than life character, through to the tribulations of managing the ATS F1 team. Then the tragedy that turned him away from the sport after he was lured back to run a team, only to have his driver and friend, Olivier Chandon, killed during testing. Peter Hill met Fred Opert in the '70s during Opert's championship winning years with Keke Rosberg. He has interviewed at length most of Opert's drivers including Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones, Brian Redman and Bobby Rahal. He has written this biography with the co-operation of Opert's family, friends and ex-employees.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: November 2020
Publication date: 18/11/2020
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 210mm X 148mm
Code: 58859
Forewords by Nico Rosberg, Alan Jones and others Chapters: His Destiny - Motorsport & Automobiles Entrepreneur & Car Dealer Opert Invents the Rent-A-Race-Drive Business The Canadian Business & Trois-Rivieres - A Little Slice of France in North America Married to Motor Racing Motor Racing Schools The Racer An American in Europe - Formula 2 Team Management Fun On Far-Flung Shores Friendships and a Championship Opert Reaches the Pinnacle of Motor Racing and the Depths of Disappointment Tragedy & The End of Motor Racing Life Beyond Motor Racing The Surrogate Family The Last Weeks Acknowledgements