Admission 7’6: E. V. Starr Snaps the 60’s Speed Merchants


Guy Loveridge Tim Beavis


If you are old enough to remember when aerodynamics were an inconsequential footnote in the book of Grand Prix racing, then you need to buy this book to remind yourself when brute  power, not downforce, stole the headlines.

A former aeronautical engineer, Edgar Vernon Starr was one of us, the guy with neither press pass nor privilege, armed with only a keen eye and a camera. This book is a collection of pictures taken by Starr between 1961 and 1969 of British and European Formula One and Two race meetings, at circuits including Brands Hatch, Silverstone, and Spa. Starr died in 2000, and the pictures would have remained unseen had it not been for Tim Beavis, who acquired two boxes of Starr’s slides at an auction in Dorset. With co-author Guy Loveridge, a selection of Starr’s pictures are now reproduced here.

The 128 pages of the book are primarily a pictorial record, but are supplemented by some personal recollections from various contemporary figures including John Surtees, Christianne Ireland (daughter of Innes), and the near forgotten Welsh driver Jack Lewis.

Limited edition of 400 copies