The Cockney F1 Mechanic Who Designed and Built America's Best
Can-Am Cars - Peter Bryant
Peter Bryant fell in love with the United States when he visited
to prepare a factory-loaned Ferrari for John Surtees in the 1963
U.S. Road Racing Championship. He returned to America as a mechanic
for Mickey Thompson's team at the fateful 1964 Indianapolis 500.
This time he stayed, working first with Carroll Shelby's Shelby
American team and later with the Dana Chevrolet and Carl Haas Lola
In Can-Am Challenger Peter Bryant tells his own story in his own
engaging style. Though packed with technical details and insights
on what goes into building a successful racecar, it also includes a
wealth of colorful characters and hilarious stories from a life
spent behind the scenes with great cars, teams, and drivers.
In 1964, fate took him to America. It was here that Peter made
his indelible mark in auto racing€”as the designer of the most
successful American-built race cars during the heyday of the
Canadian-American Challenge Cup. His cars broke new ground in the
use of advanced materials such as titanium, as well as emerging
ground-effect technologies. It was an amazing achievement for a
cockney lad with no formal training in design or engineering. But
Peter overcame these limitations through a rare ability to learn by
doing and an incredible capacity for hard work. He also retained an
irrepressible sense of humor that reveals itself in a lifetime's
worth of anecdotes gathered on and off the racetrack. Whether it
was launching rockets at the Lotus shop, dodging French police at
the Reims GP, or spending New Year's eve quarantined with Graham
Hill in Pakistan, Peter never lost his boundless enthusiasm or
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