Moonraker Books Chapter 2

Emmo: A Racer's Soul

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Famous for his trademark sideburns and shades, Emerson Fittipaldi was the archetypal 1970s Formula 1 driver. A two-time World Champion – in 1972 for Lotus and in 1974 for McLaren – he was one of the leading stars of the era. Now in his sixties, he still loves racing with undiminished fervour, and still has much to say about it. In beautiful words and stunning photographs, Emmo: A Racer’s Soul reveals the great man’s inner-most thoughts and feelings, expressed with wit and candour, focusing not only on his long and successful racing career, but also on some important challenges facing the sport today. From his arrival in the UK in 1969 as a wide-eyed lad with big ambitions, to his career-ending 200mph-plus crash in Michigan in 1996, ‘Emmo’ tells it as it was, paying tribute to the people who shaped his life along the way – his father, his mother, his brother, his friends and his rivals – and tells a particularly moving series of stories about his never-to-be-forgotten friend and fellow countryman Ayrton Senna, who was killed so tragically at Imola in 1994. A proudly spiritual man, Emerson also writes honestly about his rediscovery of the importance of his relationship with God, which came to him as he fought for his life in the aftermath of that violent Michigan accident. More than just an autobiography, Emmo: A Racer’s Soul is a fitting tribute to the glorious career that made its author a worldwide superstar, and an evocative glimpse back into a golden era of Formula 1.