Tuesday 31 March 2020
Literary dinner: Peter Grimsdale and High Performance. When Britain Ruled the Roads
Bestselling novelist, TV producer and former commissioning editor Peter Grimsdale’s ‘High Performance. When Britain Ruled the Roads’ considers the glory years of British racing car design as he seeks out a generation of rebel creative spirits who tore up the rulebook with their revolutionary machines. Mavericks of their time, they were fuelled by contempt for convention.
Before the Second World War only one British car had triumphed in a Grand Prix and Britain’s car makers were fiercely risk-averse. Cut to January 1964 and a team of tiny red and white Mini Coopers stunning the world with their win at the Monte Carlo Rally. This was a stellar year for British cars, rounding off with ‘Goldfinger’ breaking box office records and making James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 the world’s most famous sports car. On road, track and silver screen the Brits were the ones to beat in the 60s, winning championships and capturing hearts; drivers such as Stirling Moss and designers such as Alex Issigonis who was knighted for his revolutionary Mini, for example. The E Type Jaguar was feted as the world’s sexiest car and Land Rover the most durable.
With credits to his name that stretch from Big Brother to Panorama, from The Adam & Joe Show to Finest Hour and Dispatches on Deepwater Horizon, Peter Grimsdale now explores what brought about the change that led to Britain’s automotive golden age.
A book selling and signing session, hosted by Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, will follow the dinner and Peter's talk.
Date: Tuesday 31 March, 7pm for 7.30pm, until around 9.30pm
Price: £32pp to include a two-course dinner with a glass of wine and coffee.