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Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Specials

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Back in the late 1960s commercialism in motor racing was increasing. Major sponsors appeared on the F1 scene including tobacco giants Marlboro and Yardley cosmetics, and this had developed into a veritable flood by the time Team Lotus changed its Gold Leaf livery to the black and gold of the John Player Special cigarette brand. At the time, Johnny Tipler was working for the Stanbury Foley Organization, a motor racing promotions hothouse based in East London. Its major client was John Player & Son, and the livery of the Lotus 72 in its JPS guise was designed largely by SFO partner Barry Foley. In 1972 the black-and-gold
livery also extended to the Team Lotus transporters and JPS hospitality vehicles.

This book, Black & Gold, has been a gleam in publisher William Taylor’s eye for a long time. Probably eight years have elapsed since he and Johnny Tipler first talked about producing it. During that time Tipler spoke with the key figures from the JPS era – those who are still with us at any rate – while Taylor accumulated images of the period from John Player photographer Ian Catt, as well as amassing examples of JPS paraphernalia.

Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Specials, is the result of a veritable wealth of knowledge and experiences from all the ‘players’ in a ‘Special’ story that started in the early 1970s and went through to the end of 1986 with Ayrton Senna and Johnny Dumfries driving. The black & gold brand is still recognised and passionately remembered, the world over.

Black & Gold is a sumptuous 316-page, 11 x 11in with hardcover book with jacket, and the 129,000 words are amply illustrated by over 798 images. There are specification details on every JPS race car and the book includes race results for all John Player Team Lotus races.

Publishers Edition

As well as the fabulous ‘Standard’ Edition of the book, there are two different limited, leather-bound “Special” editions. Each of these signed and numbered editions is autographed by one of two racing legends. You can get one of 72 copies autographed by Emerson Fittipaldi, who won the Formula 1 title in 1972, the first year of the JPS program (he drove the Lotus 72.) Or, you can order one of 79 copies signed by Mario Andretti, who won the F1 title driving a Lotus 79 in the 1978 season.


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Standard Edition

ISBN: 978-1-902351-63-6
Size: 11 x 11in

Book cover: Hard-back. Black leather effect finish

Clamshell Presentation Case: Cloth covered clamshell case with a metal JPS nose-badge set in a recess on the front of the book.