Alan Jones is one of only two Australians to win the Formula 1 world drivers' championship and the first driver to do it for the now famous Williams team. His efforts brought Formula 1 to Australian television screens.
AJ is the son of Stan Jones, the winner of the 1959 Australian Grand Prix, and from an early age he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and race cars. He started with billycarts in Balwyn and climbed to the top of the motorsport tree in Formula 1. His career was potted with highs and lows, the latter coming mainly from a lack of financial support compared with his rivals.
But when he hit the big time with Williams, he turned that into the 1980 world championship and all the fame and fortune that brought with it. But he stopped enjoying himself, the cars were painful to drive and he didn't feel he could give it his all, so he quite at the height of his powers.
He did return to F1, but he wasn't the same driver and it wasn't the same team and it didn't last. He finished his racing career in touring cars in Australia in which scored a podium finish at the Bathurst 1000 in 1988 and a runners-up finish in the championship with Glenn Seton Racing in 1993.
His no-nonsense style brought him both admirers and detractors, but he always spoke as he saw it. He still does that today. There are many stories to tell from his racing career, his personal life and business. Some stories that only time allows them to be told.
AJ: How Alan Jones Climbed to the Top of Formula One tell those stories and has been co-authored by V8X Supercar Magazine's own Andrew Clarke.
The book is available now from the V8X Supercar Magazine online store for delivery within Australia at $35 retail price plus $15 for postage.
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