Explosive Dick Johnson book officially launched


Saturday 3rd August, 2013 - 7:13pm


Author James Phelps with Dick Johnson at the launch of the three-times Bathurst 1000 winner's autobiography

Author James Phelps with Dick Johnson at the launch of the three-times Bathurst 1000 winner’s autobiography

A confronting autobiography on the life and times of three-times Bathurst 1000 winner and five-times Australian Touring Car champion Dick Johnson has been released at a special function in Sydney.

Titled Dick Johnson, the autobiography of a true-blue Aussie sporting legend, it chronicles the turbulence of Johnson’s years as a team owner and details the battles he has endured through sour deals and broken promises.

Penned by News Limited journalist and author James Phelps, it is a hard-hitting account of the rollercoaster life of one of the biggest names in Australian motor racing.

“I have been quite overwhelmed with the reaction to the book,” Johnson told Speedcafe.com

“I have been in Sydney signing copies for most of the week and I am really surprised with the amount of people that have bought the book and come out to see me.

“It is an honest account of my life and I have never been able to hold back, so it is all there.”

Phelps praised Johnson for candidly opening up to tell his story.

“Dick is a remarkable man with an incredible story,” Phelps said.

“Everyone should know who this man is and what he did to become the legend he is.”

The Johnson autobiography is launched at a time when the most detailed history of Bathurst and the iconic Mount Panorama circuit hit the shelves last week. Bathurst: Celebrating 75 Years of Racing at Mount Panorama was written by Speedcafe.com editor-in-chief Gordon Lomas with the photography supplied and sourced by Dirk Klynsmith.

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