HEARD of Doug Nye?

If you have an interest in motorsport, you probably have, since he’s the UK’s top motor racing historian and author of countless books.

But right now he’s in a bit of pain.

This, from the latest edition of Motor Sport magazine:

“I am up to speed creating and producing very large, very imposing books on various aspects of motor racing history, but right now am hobbling around cursing with the top of my right foot hurting like hell.

I was pulling a wonderful Australian-published book from its shelf when I misjudged its (considerable) weight, lost my grip on the slippery dust jacket and dropped it – corner first – on my bare foot.

Now, while I might be tempted therefore, to ignore this foot crusher, I’d like instead to recommend it to our committed enthusiast readership.

It’s entitled Red Dust Racers and is the centenary history of one of the most obscure of all motor racing venues: Lake Perkolilli in Western Australia.

The motor sports world’s great breadth never ceases to amaze me and I love books such as Red Dust Racers, which so unexpectedly draws back the curtains of little known and often totally unexpected corners of vintage racing endeavour.

I recommend Graeme Cocks’s book highly to connoisseurs of the motor racing obscure.

But just don’t drop this weighty tome on your darned foot. My eyes are still watering . . .”

The book by the way weighs in at 3.6kg!

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Buys

Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.