“An Independent Man – the Autobiography” (Eddie Jordan, 2007)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

?????ǣAn Independent Man - the Autobiography?????? (Eddie Jordan, 2007)Eddie Jordan is Marmite personified.

To some he’s F1’s much-missed wheeler-dealer cheeky chappy – but plenty of others remember him as a whingeing upstart whose team might have been more successful ahd he run a tighter ship.

This being an autobiography it will doubtless provide plenty of fodder for both sides to support their points of view.

I wonder if the person tasked with creating the cover for this mistook the identity of Eddie Jordan for that of the ‘glamour model’ Katie Price, a.k.a. Jordan, with whom his team were briefly associated.

It’s got that glamorous look the Jordan team always had that wouldn’t work on, say, Ken Tyrrell’s biography.

Mercifully it’s a much better read than Price’s 2006 autobiography “A Whole New World”.

At around 400 pages it’s a comprehensive work that Jordan has obviously approached with an enthusiasm that stayed with him until the end.

It must have been excruciating to mentally re-visit certain periods of his teams history – from losing Michael Schumacher to the grinding inevitability of the team’s collapse in the early 00s. But Jordan’s account is comprehensive and even on the most controversial points tallies fairly well with competing versions of the same scandals.

There are several passages that really cry out for a bit more explanation. In place of that there are a lot of anecdotes that aren’t as amusing as they are assumed to be – except for the one about Bernie Ecclestone on a bus demanding he pay a pensioner’s fare.

Also a few peculiar editing decisions spoil the flow of the text. The chapters are very short and one chapter on 1991 appears to have had a paragraph from the 2001 section copied and pasted across with little thought to the appropriateness of the context.

But I was surprised and pleased to see a book come out from a former team owner so soon after leaving F1 because it shines a light onto some of the less well-known areas of the sport. I’d very much like to see Alain Prost and several others do the same.

Orion Books

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