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Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport - Denis Jenkinson

Croydon: Motor Racing Publications, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “His full name was Denis Sargent Jenkinson, but to his friends he was simply ‘Jenks’, while to his many thousands of devoted readers he was just DSJ, the initials with which he invariably signed off his avidly read columns and reports in the monthly magazine Motor Sport, for which he was the famed Continental Correspondent for more than 40 years.

But Jenks was much more than that. Short, stocky, and with a flowing red beard, he looked — and was — one of life’s genuine eccentrics, but he was as much a part of the motor racing scene as the starting grid and the chequered flag. Uniquely amongst motor racing writers, he was considered by the drivers and racing hierarchy about whom he wrote so perceptively and enthusiastically as ‘one of us’, and rightly so because he had been out there and done it, which meant that he knew exactly what he was talking — and writing — about, having experienced it all at first-hand.

His own competition exploits — on both two and four wheels — were mainly confined to minor events, but he had also taken part in motor sport at the highest level, first as the athletic passenger to Sidecar World Champion Eric Oliver, and later as the famed navigator who pointed Stirling Moss to perhaps the greatest of all his motor racing triumphs — the record-shattering victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia round-Italy sports car race.”

Foreword or introduction by Stirling Moss. Size: 10" x 7½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages.