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Richard Seaman: A Race with Love and Death

  • Date March 26, 2020
  • Time 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Suitable for Everyone

Richard Seaman, the British racing driver, came from a wealthy and privileged background but became fascinated by fast cars and motor racing. His parents supported him in his pursuit of speed when he dropped out of Cambridge to follow his ambitions. However in 1937 he signed with the pre-WW2 Mercedes-Benz team against his mother's wishes.  Naturally this brought him into close contact with the Nazi regime and he won the 1938 German Grand Prix where he gave a Nazi salute, he was a favourite driver of Adolf Hitler. He married the daughter of the director of BMW, Erica Popp, which further estranged him from his family. However tragedy struck at the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix when his car hit a tree and caught fire - he was only 26 years of age, he died leaving his family issues unresolved.

Journalist, presenter and author Richard Williams has written a new book about Richard Seaman and he will be in conversation tonight with Simon Taylor.

A Race With Love and Death: The Story of Richard Seaman is published soon by Simon & Schuster UK.

Richard Williams was the chief sportswriter of the Guardian from 1995 to 2012, having previously worked for The Times and the Independent. He was the original presenter of BBC2's The Old Grey Whistle Test and was the artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Festival from 2015-17. Among his previous books are The Death of Ayrton Senna (1995), Racers (1997), Enzo Ferrari: A Life (2002) and The Last Road Race (2004)

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