Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Special

Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Special
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Black & Gold; The Story of the John Player Specials

A fascinating book about the glory years of Team Lotus, in the most famous Black & Gold livery of John Player Special.

More than a record; a revealing insight in to all aspects of John Player Team Lotus, during two distinct eras; the Seventies and early Eighties, when Colin Chapman was regularly launching his famous black hat in victory to greet Emerson, Ronnie, Mario, Gunnar and Elio. Then the post Chapman era when Peter Warr and Fred Bushell steered Team Lotus back to F1 glory, together with Ayrton Senna. This great book is destined to become a must-have of any motorsport library.
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Book Specifications:

Size: 11x11in with Hardcover and Jacket
316 colour pages
129,000 Words
Over 798 images including almost every JPS related vehicle Race results for all John Player Team Lotus races

Standard Edition Price: £60.00

Back in the late 1960s commercialism in motor racing was increasing. Major sponsors appeared on the F1 scene including tobacco giants Marlboro and Yardley cosmetics, and this had developed into a veritable flood by the time Team Lotus changed its Gold Leaf livery to the black and gold of the John Player Special cigarette brand. At the time, Johnny Tipler was working for the Stanbury Foley Organisation, a motor racing promotions hothouse based in East London. Its
major client was John Player & Son, and the livery of the Lotus 72 in its JPS guise was designed largely by SFO partner Barry Foley. In 1972 the black-and-gold livery also extended to the Team Lotus transporters and JPS hospitality vehicles.

This book, Black & Gold, has been a gleam in publisher William Taylor’s eye for a long time. Probably eight years have elapsed since he and Johnny Tipler first talked about producing it. During that time Tipler spoke with the key figures from the JPS era – those who are still with us at any rate – while Taylor accumulated images of the period from John Player photographer Ian Catt, as well as amassing examples of JPS paraphernalia.

Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Specials, is the result of a veritable wealth of knowledge and experiences
from all the ‘players’ in a ‘Special’ story that started in the early 1970s and went through to the end of 1986 with Ayrton
Senna and Johnny Dumfries driving. The black & gold brand is still recognised and passionately remembered, the world over.

With over 40 books published on a variety of motoring topics ranging from racing cars and driver biographies, to motorcycles and commercial vehicles, motoring journalist, historian and author Johnny Tipler is based in Norwich, England. In the black-and-gold era he co-ran the John Player Team Lotus press office, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson, Jacky Ickx and of course Colin Chapman, trumpeting the fortunes of JPS-Lotus and Player’s sponsored events around the world.

A major contributor to the Lotus Club International magazine, interviewing well-known Lotus personalities, writing drive stories and book reviews, Johnny is also author of seven books on Lotus road and race cars.

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Reviewer: Greg Moyle Australia   5 Stars

The bible of the JPS cars, there is nothing better, been chasing this one for a while as an owner of a JPS +2. Must add 3 days UK to Australia, super service. Thank You.

Nothing to dislike..

Reviewer:    5 Stars

I receive my special edition from Lotus classic just one thing there is no numbers like 1/35

Very nice boock hope to see the team in few days on the Paul Ricard

We where whith our Lotus Esprit Club on the track between 12 and 14 pm

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