First Principles #2# The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth

First Principles #2# The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth

ISBN-10: 1787111032

ISBN-13: 9781787111035


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First Principles #2# The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth

by Norman Burr

The names "Keith Duckworth" and "DFV" are practically synonymous, such is the reputation of the famous F1 racing engine which he designed.

Whilst there are books covering the technical aspects of the DFV engine, and other designs from Cosworth, the company which he founded with Mike Costin, there are many gaps in the story of Duckworth's career, before and after Cosworth. This book comprehensively fills those gaps, taking the reader into the world of Britain's finest 20th century engineers.

It was a world consisting of far more than motorsport, embracing an astonishing variety of mechanical devices, including aircraft, boats, and motorcycles - particularly Triumph, for whom he was a consultant during his retirement.

A man of strong convictions and high integrity, Keith Duckworth OBE cared passionately about his work, fitting almost every aspect of his life around it. From his northern industrial roots, the ups and downs of his personal life, his health problems, to his generous support of charities and business start-ups, this book recreates the story of one of motorsport's - and engineering's - most endearing and enduring characters.


  • The making of the man
  • Picture gallery 1
  • Flying low
  • The Lavender Hill Mob
  • Living with Lotus
  • Horsepower from the stables
  • Three hectic years
  • Picture gallery 2
  • Creating a legend
  • Two golden avenues; two dead ends
  • Picture gallery 3
  • Work and (a little) play
  • Stress and de-stress
  • Picture gallery 4
  • Cosworth takes off
  • Of life and loves
  • Picture gallery 5
  • Turbos on two continents
  • The marine adventure
  • New openings
  • Picture gallery 6
  • Icons of the Eighties
  • “We have to start again”
  • Picture gallery 7
  • Flying from the heart
  • Cosworth after Keith
  • Picture gallery 8
  • Diesel diversions
  • Keith after Cosworth
  • Picture gallery 9
  • The microlight legacy
  • Vale
  • Picture gallery 10

Buch, Softcover, 15,5 x 23 cm, 352 Seiten, ca. 200 teils farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text
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