Climbing the Mountain
by Allan Moffat
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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Allan Moffat is one of Australia’s motorsport legendsHis extraordinary driving career, which lasted from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, coincided with the heyday of touring car racingHis achievements include 32 Australian Touring Car victories, four of them in Bathurst, and four ChampionshipsHis Trans Am Mustang, surely the definitive, all-time touring car race, has made over 100 victoriesBut Moffat’s impact goes well beyond the podiumHe brought a new level of professionalism to motor racing, pioneering the use of sponsorship so as to change the sport forever.Moffat, intense, reserved and driven, was known as a man of few wordsFor the motor years-sports fans wanted to hear his story, and now Allan is telling it for the first timeHis book is a fascinating account of a young Canadian who emigrated to Australia with his family, a boy and became one of our greatest racing drivers.It is a tale of the epic rivalry with Peter Brock, which surprisingly led to a conduct of partnership and enormous mutual respect, and it is about nostalgia for the glory days of motor sport in this country, when the concept of Holden versus Ford really divided the nation, and when Mount Panorama was the real Mecca for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of AustraliansFilled with intense rivalries, huge egos, on the course of stories and incidents, and all against the backdrop of our motorsport history for over forty years, this book is for all Australian motor racing fans
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