Author(s): Andrew Clarke
Mark Skaife is Australia's most successful motor racing driver. He has won the Australian Touring Car Championship five times, the Australian Drivers' Championship three times and has tasted victory at Bathurst five times. He has more race wins than any other driver and is only bettered for pole positions by Peter Brock...but there is more to Skaife than just a set of impressive statistics. He remains, even in retirement, one of the most popular names in the sport, now entrenched even further with his role as a commentator with Channel 7. Mark Skaife: The Racing Years will focus entirely on his motor racing career, looking at the cars and races that defined his career. The awesome 'Nissan Godzilla' - the car that killed Group A in this country - the 'Golden Child' - the VX Commodore that has won more races than any other single car in Australian touring car racing - will feature alongside cars such as the VE Commodore that was his last drive and the Spa Formula Brabham car that took him to consecutive titles in the Drivers' Championship.
Andrew Clarke’s career as a journalist started with the short lived reincarnation of Footy Week in 1987 off the back an injury shortened career as an umpire with VAFA. After his short tenure in football, Andrew ventured into the motor industry where has spent much of his time as a writer. His first book, A Pictorial History of the Australian Automobile, was published in 1989 with world-wide distribution through Bison Books in the USA. He became editor of Racing Car News in 1989 and then freelanced with many publications and media outlets from then until now. He also works as a brand and communications consultant for law firms, presently with Aitken Partners but formerly with Middletons (where he managed the firm’s successful rebrand in 2007) and Blake Dawson Waldron (now Blake Dawson). Andrew says he is driven by good stories, no matter what form they take, and as a ghost writer he prides himself in telling a story in someone else’s words. He is based in Melbourne, with a wife and two kids, who all share his love of football and sport in general.