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Book Signing and Discussion with Nick Skeens

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$8 – $12

Please join us as we welcome acclaimed author and biographer Nick Skeens to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on Wednesday, October 3, from 7PM through 9PM for a book signing and conversation about Formula 1 racing legend, John Barnard.

Copies of Nick’s book The Perfect Car: The Biography of John Barnard – Motorsport’s Most Creative Designer will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

John Barnard revolutionized Formula 1, and motorsport as a whole, through his unrelenting quest for perfection in racing car design. Written with Barnard’s cooperation and with input from dozens of associates, drivers and rivals, this biography tells the entire story, both personal and professional, of a British design genius. Barnard’s technical achievements are explored in detail – and in accessible language – with special emphasis on his brilliant initiatives while at McLaren (the first carbon-fibre composite chassis) and Ferrari (the first semi-automatic gearbox). The Perfect Car is also a human-interest story, telling a tale of innovation under intense pressure while Barnard endeavored to maintain a stable family life. This is a landmark book that will be relished by anyone interested in motorsport and design.

About the Author:

Nick Skeens started writing about creativity for the Design Council with publications on subjects ranging from design education to creative thinking. He is the co-author of

Future Present (2000), Creative Island (2002) and Creative Island II (2009), books that celebrated British design genius by focusing on creative process. Before this he was a news editor and producer for ITN and GMTV. A freelance journalist, he lives on a barge in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, England, that he designed and helped build.

US publication date: August 2018 ●

US price: $60.00 ● ISBN: 978-1-910505-27-4 ● Hardback ● Format: 234x156mm Page extent: 652pp and 125 photographs ● most in color



October 3, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$8 – $12
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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
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Philadelphia, PA 19153 United States
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