This is more than a book just about motor racing…it’s about people.
It’s about Fred Craner and John Gillies Shields, who with supreme determination and enterprise created the first Donington Park circuit in 1931. It’s about how their passion and commitment ensured that it grew at a phenomenal rate from loose-surfaced tracks to hosting four pre-war Grands Prix, including the legendary “Silver Arrows” events of 1937 and 1938. It’s about how the army took over during the war years and the many attempts that came close to bringing racing back in the 1960s. It’s about the rebirth of the circuit in the 1970s by Tom Wheatcroft and how it was saved again in the 21st century…
Researched, written, designed and illustrated by Donington Park aficionado John Bailie with final production artwork by Mediaprint, Blackpool. Printed in the UK by PurePrint, Uckfield, East Sussex. Includes contributions and first hand memories and anecdotes from Tom and Kevin Wheatcroft, Simon Taylor, Doug Nye, Neville Hay, Rick Hall, Ian Phillips, Tim Parnell, Jonathan Palmer and more, plus extracts from Bill Boddy’s on-the-spot pre-war race reports.
“Dramatically designed and superbly printed…
a fine tribute to the great characters that made Donington Park”
CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR / Book of the Month
“The most comprehensive, deeply researched and generously illustrated history of any circuit I’ve seen…amplified by elegant graphics”
MOTOR SPORT / Book of the Month
“A wonderful selection of pictures - the archive is sensational.
Very tastefully designed to lure in the reader”
OCTANE / Book of the Month
“No stone has been left unturned in the author’s research…
produced to a high standard”
AUTO TRADITION / Platinum Award
“A truly entertaining book, beautifully produced and printed, a quality product…thoroughly recommended”
THE VINTAGE SPORTS-CAR CLUB
“One of the most detailed and well researched motor racing books of recent times”
HOWDEN GANLEY / “Musings”
“Cleverly juxtaposes then-and-now photography…an excellent book”
“Full of period photographs…a very comprehensive study of a great and popular motor racing circuit”
Standard Edition, 348 landscape pages printed on high quality silk paper with hard cover and high gloss jacket.
A limited edition of 85 copies with silver blocked cover, silver gilt edging to text pages and presented in silver blocked slip case, each copy has a tip-in page individually numbered and signed by Kevin Wheatcroft and the author.
These can be specially produced, in virtually any quantity, to incorporate the brand logo of a company, organisation or club, on cover and slip case. Please contact for details, using the form below.