To Finish First

My years inside Formula One, Can-Am and Indy 500.

Phil Kerr's evocative account of working with Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme, Chris Amon and many others during an era of motorsport marked by both triumph and tragedy.

Foreword by Sir Jack Brabham OBE. “Phil and I have been friends for more than fifty years… He had the opportunity to be part of these decades on the inside, closely connected to the teams and all the racing and can thus provide an insight into this era that is a fresh and personal view of it”  

Final Word by Bernie Ecclestone. “Phil had a long and successful association with Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren and their respective teams and was as involved as anyone with the inside happenings in Formula One, Can-Am, and other forms of racing.  He is certainly well qualified to provide an honest and accurate account of motor racing from these years”   

The 1960s and ‘70s were the golden years of international motor racing and Phil Kerr was part of that world.  From his teenage friendship with Bruce McLaren, to his years working in Formula One, Can-Am and the Indy 500, this book tells the inside story – the triumphs and the tragedies, the deals and the disasters.

This book sets out the inside workings of three of the great racing teams – Cooper, Brabham and McLaren- and Phil’s accounts of the events and many great drivers he has known are personal and highly evocative.  New Zealander Phil Kerr moved to the UK in 1959 to work alongside Jack Brabham.  It was Jack who encouraged both Phil and Bruce to move to the UK, becoming not only a mentor but also having a major influence on their motorsport careers. 

Published by Random House New Zealand, First Edition, New. Hardcover, 385 pages, 240 colour & b/w images, 250 x 190mm page size.

Price: US$60  / NZ$80 GST incl

Autosport's Glenn Freeman: ...As an original thinker and go-getter, Kerr has been there and done that...This is a proper racing story featuring proper racing blokes. 

Motorsport: is his personal insight into the characters that brings his story to life.. it's his enthusiasm for racing, plus a lovely collection of photographs and Michael Turner paintings that will make a lasting impression. 

Autocar's Steve Cropley:...If you're wondering why people get dewey-eyed over "the golden age of moror racing", this fine book has all the answers. 

Note: A special LIMITED EDITION SIGNED by Phil Kerr and artist Michael Turner whose painting is featured on the book cover is available in the United Kingdom.  For details contact Phil at or Michael Turner at  website

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