Triumph of the Red Devil

brendan_lynch-red_devilTriumph of the Red Devil”

Classic magazine’s Book of the Month, this is the story of the first motor race to be held in Great Britain and Ireland.

The 327-mile race took place around a circuit centred on Athy, Co. Kildare. It featured the first US team to compete abroad, and was won at 49 mph by Belgian “Red Devil” Camille Jenatzy. James Joyce featured the event in his After the Race story in Dubliners.

The world land speed record was broken in the supporting Phoenix Park Speed Trials at 84 mph – in 1903!

Sir Stirling Moss said: “In this Boy’s Own chronicle of skill, drama, chivalry and inspirational sportsmanship, Brendan Lynch brings us into the heart of that distant day’s epic struggle.”


Cara: “An amazing story handled brilliantly.”

Motor Sport: “A fine example of pacy story-telling.”

Irish Times: “Heavily researched with some brilliant archive photos.”

Drive: “Quite simply, one of best books ever written about motorsport.”

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Portobello Publishing (14 Nov 2002)
ISBN: 0951366815

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