By Terry Lovell
Publish 12 months note: initially released in 2008
He is the guy who created modern day formulation One. he's either feared and famous for a way within which he masterminded its transformation from an novice activity of the fifties right into a international billion buck of the twenty first century. And now, along with his fortune, impression, and gear, Bernie Ecclestone has moved into the area of football with Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore to show Queen's Park Rangers, a suffering west London membership, right into a critical rival to the capital's glamour membership, Chelsea. in a single day, QPR has entry to extra wealth than genuine Madrid, capable of compete with the monetary backing of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's Russian billionaire proprietor.
But what makes Bernie run? What lies in the back of the bleak, poker-face of this deal-maker extraordinaire, who, for almost forty years, has ruthlessly exploited and ruled formulation One?
To many he turned the savior of the game, yet there have additionally been many that have suffered at this hands—the susceptible and the gullible, the politically naive and unsuspecting. they've got a distinct tale to inform. Revealing the unbridled avarice, callousness, and corruption at the back of the hype of formulation One, this publication additionally exhibits the warts-and-all personality of the fellow who's now environment his attractions on a activity no much less decadent.
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It was similar, said Ecclestone, to the Stock Exchange dealing known as ‘selling short’: selling shares about to dive, buying them back when they hit rock bottom, and then selling them for a handsome profit once they have recovered. ’ Croker bought Ecclestone’s second-hand motorcycle business in September 1959. ‘He struck me as a being a shrewd and charming man,’ said Croker, ‘but he had this funny thing about cleanliness. He was always washing his hands, straightening his tie and making sure there wasn’t a speck of dust about.
It was not, he conceded years later, the best deal he could have struck, ‘but I was very unwell at the time, so I was only too pleased to get out. But I don’t want to knock Bernard because it was my fault. ’ Compton moved successfully into property investment and art dealing, while Ecclestone, by November 1955, was the sole owner of Compton & Ecclestone, a situation better suited to a temperament that insisted on being in control of every area of business. His success continued apace, so much so that by the following year he and his family moved to Barn Cottage in Parkwood Road, Bexley, an impressive five-bedroomed house.
It marked the beginning of a tough baptism for Tauranac. By day he was working on converting cars for Jack Brabham Motors and by night in his bedroom in a flat above a shop in Tolworth, Surrey, designing his first racing car – the MRD Formula Junior – for Motor Racing Developments Ltd, a company formed by Tauranac and Brabham in 1961 and based in rented garage space a few miles away in Esher. It became established, after moving briefly to Repco’s new premises in nearby Surbiton, in a factory next to the River Wey at New Haw, near Weybridge.
Bernie Ecclestone: King of Sport by Terry Lovell