Patrick Stephens RIP (merged)
Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:06
Patrick was one of the first to retail books in circuit paddocks, which he did as early as the late 1940s from the back of a converted vintage Rolls-Royce. In 1952/3 he built and successfully raced an Austin 7 Special in 750 MC events, and wrote a book about his experiences. During the 1950s special builders' boom, Building and Racing My 750 was an essential read.
He went on to form his own book publishing company, Patrick Stephens Ltd. Over the years PSL published a large selection of important and enjoyable car books, and eventually became part of Haynes.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:04
I certainly have a bunch of PSL books - everything from FIA Yellow Books to "Power & Glory Vol 2" via "Vanwall" and "Jim Clark Remembered".
Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:32
Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:31
RIP Mr. Stephens and condoleances to his family and friends.
Edited by FLB, 23 March 2012 - 12:33.
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Edited by Alan Cox, 23 March 2012 - 16:26.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 16:51
Posted 23 March 2012 - 18:13
I understand that his widow is not at all well (had a fall) so I hope all will be as well with her as possible.
Pat was q. a hard bloke to actually like, but he will always have a spot in my consciousness, as he published my book on Archie Scott Brown during the transition between PSL and PSL/Haynes.
I'll hoist a couple to him and enquire as to 'the arrangements' (an unhappily familiar process, of late) on Monday.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 20:55
While I had a lot of time for Pat he made - in my view - at least one major error, in rejecting the idea of 'Lofty' England's autobiography, which 'Lofty' had asked me to produce with him. I think we would both have enjoyed the experience, and it would have been a worthwhile project, but it was not to be.
Edited by Doug Nye, 23 March 2012 - 20:57.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 22:53
Distinctive pocket size guide with plastic yellow cover still in as new condition, priced 25s.net £1.25. Coloured pages, advertising Guards cigarettes 4s 10d, circuit diagrams, racing teams, regulations, suppliers. A good buy.
Edited by richie, 24 March 2012 - 22:56.