Mr Big Healey: The Official Biography of John Chatham

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9781845842574: Mr Big Healey: The Official Biography of John Chatham

This is the authorized biography of one of the best-liked bad boys in British motorsport. John Chatham, driver, racer, repairer, rebuilder, tuner, trader and lover of Austin-Healeys, was in the words of Geoffrey Healey “uncontrollable” in his youth, and has only mildly mellowed with age. Burly and genial but formidably competitive, and not above bending the rules when he thought he could get away with it, to many he is the archetypal club racer. John is so synonymous with Austin-Healeys that the most famous racing Healey in the world, DD300, is so well-known mainly because John campaigned it for decades, notching up tens of thousands of racing miles. But his career embraces far more than one car, and until this biography no-one had attempted to fill in the gaps. The book is not a dry description of one club race after another. It does include a list of John’s principal sporting achievements, but no complete record exists of the hundreds of events which made up his competitive career, so the writer has not attempted to compile one. Instead Norman Burr, who was himself acquainted with John in his youth, has created a more rounded and personal account, full of motoring and sporting anecdotes, but also telling the story of John’s family, his work, his business, his three wives and his lovers. John has a comprehensive photo library from which the book is generously illustrated, with cartoons added to illustrate some of the moments that a camera was not around to record. Thoroughly politically incorrect even by the standards of the 1960s, it’s an account which will strike a chord not only with admirers of Big Healeys, but also with anyone who believes that independent thinking, and the courage to apply and enjoy it, is the greatest virtue of all.

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Trained as an engineer at Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Bath University, lifelong petrolhead Norman Burr has been a technical journalist practically all his working life. Initially with professional and industrial magazines, then as a freelance, and subsequently through Pagefast Ltd, a small printing and publishing company that he helped found, he later returned to freelance journalism in 2006. It was Keith Duckworth's enthusiasm for aviation, rather than his better-known motor sport contribution, that provides the connection, but as an accomplished author in both areas, Norman Burr is ideally positioned to chronicle the life of this legendary engineer.

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"This is an engaging story, well told, and decent value too." – Octane

"An account which will strike a chord not only with admirers of Big Healeys but also with anyone who believes that independent thinking, and the courage to apply and enjoy it, is the greatest of all virtues." – Hertfordshire Countryside magazine
"Veloce's typically well produced book, with copious illustrations interspersed with cartoons by Jim Watson, is a 'must read' not only for all Healey enthusiasts but for all fans of club motorsport from the '60s and beyond." – Speedscene

"A superb and authorised biography of one of British motorsport's 'bad boys'. An entertaining read for anyone with an independent streak!" – Totalkitcar

"An entertaining account of one of motorsport's great characters." – Track Driver



For those who love British sports cars, especially Austin-Healeys and the limited production MGC series, this book provides some very interesting historical insight ... filled with Chatham's wild ride through life." – Classic MG magazine


"From early 100S sorties to the saga of his ex-Le Mans 'DD 300', the tale is spiced with the highs and lows of his private and business lives. Like its subject, it never come off the gas." – Classic & Sports Car

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