Senna, Moss and the Brabham BT52

Senna, Moss and the Brabham BT52

A new book celebrating the Brabham BT52 has just been published by Haynes. Here, author Andrew van de Burgt introduces excerpts on the testing exploits of one established legend, and one soon-to-be legend

I was eight years old when the BT52 made a winning debut in the 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix. My mum still has a load of my old school exercise books from that period and, on the inside front covers, margins and elsewhere, there are doodles of arrow-shaped racing cars in blue-and-white livery.

Since the BT52 workshop manual has come out I've been amazed by the number of people who've told me it was their favourite racing car. There's something about it that just taps into people's (especially schoolboys') perception of what a racing car should look like.

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