This book commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the race. During 8 days in May of 1969, an irrepressible cavalcade of self - styled adventurers raced between the top of the Empire State Building ( New York, United States ) and the London Post Office Tower ( London, England ).
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During eight days, in May 1969, an irrepressible cavalcade of adventurers raced back and forth across the Atlantic. They were competing for £60,000 of prizes offered in contests ranging from the most original to the outright fastest crossing. An extravagant collection of vehicules was used : regular airliners, military jets, powered gliders, hot - air ballons, rickshaws, a ’ penny - farthing ’ bicycle and a Roman chariot.
The author, a leading aviation writer, was responsible for the running of the race and therefore speaks with inside knowledge. He includes in his exciting account everything from the humour of the occasion to its occasional acts of sabotage. He also goes into the history of trans - Atlantic flights and into the problems of city - centre / airport congestion which so often makes nonsense of the actual fast air passage. There is an analysis of the results of the race and suggestions of some lessons for the future: in particular to do with such hindering formalities as immigration delay at airports and the frustrations of Air Traffic Control. By looking squarely at the ’ horse and cart ’ aspects of our communications system the author highlights the lessons for the coming age of of the jumbo - jet. Nevertheless this is at heart a story of high endeavour, drama, colour, excitement and considerable courage. ’ Magnificent men ’ - and women - indeed.
Peter Bostock ( May 14th, 1933 - December 5th, 2017 ) was born in Sutton - in - Ashfield ( Nottinghamshire, England ). Educated in a Grammar school, he was commissioned, years later, in the R.A.F. and served as a Flight Lieutenant in Cyprus and elsewhere in the Middle - East ( 1951 - 1953 ).
At the age of 20, he went and joined the Kenya Police in 1953, at the time of the Mau Mau Uprising ( 1952 - 1960 ). Peter Bostock was serving there when his father died ( Bertram Wallace Bostock, 1906 - 1953 ), which caused him to resign from the Kenya Police. However, he had seen much, and was disillusioned with the futile way the war was being conducted, and the ill - treatment of suspects. He wrote an article in The People newspaper, which appeared in February 1954. It succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Parliament sent a six man delegation to check the facts, which broadly upheld his newspaper article.
To earn a living, Peter Bostock joined Marks and Spencer in Mansfield, but only for two years. He determined to go to Canada, and try for a job with a daily newspaper there. And soon he was writing a regular column in the Daily Standard and Freeholder, published in Cornwall ( Ontario ). However, he was soon on the move again.
He drove a three vehicle truck / trailer combination over the Rockies to get to Vancouver ( British Columbia ), where he obtained a job working for the Vancouver Sun. This job ended with his sacking, but by now he was determined to journey south, and he set out with just Ł100 in his pocket down the, as yet, incomplete 12,000 mile Pan American Highway to Buenos Aires ( Argentina ). He has recorded his account of this journey in his aptly named book The Incurable Wanderlust.
Peter Bostock continued his travelling, mixed with a variety of jobs such as selling vacuum cleaners door to door, but he was aiming to secure another job in Fleet Street, finally obtaining a full time post, as Deputy Parliamentary Correspondent, with the Daily Sketch, and it was while working there that he met his first wife Valerie ( Manon ) Bloomfield.
In 1965, he became the Air Correspondent of the Daily Sketch, and he was asked to undertake the day to day organisation and running of a transatlantic air race from London to New York, which was sponsored by the Daily Sketch, the Daily Mail and the Evening News. The Air Race, held in May 1969, was an outstanding success, and Peter's account in his book The Great Atlantic Air Race - The adventure and its lessons makes good reading.
Peter Bostock moved on to become the Public Relations Officer for the Daily Mail. He stayed with public relations for his next job in the Far East, where in 1973 he took a 20 % stake in, and worked for, the American public relations firm Burson - Marstellar in Singapore. Peter Bostock continued with this firm, opening new branches in Kuala Lumpur ( Malaysia ), and then Sydney ( Australia ).
In due course he became Asia Regional Chief Executive Officer for the company, having homes in both Kuala Lumpur and in Sydney. And, of course, during this busy career Peter Bostock was also divorced three times, and married a further three times, also fathering four children from his last two marriages.
Near the end of his life, Peter Bostock joined Freemasonry, first with the Baldwyn Lowick Lodge of Kuala Lumpur, and later with the Lodge of Renown and then the Lodge Devotion of Victoria ( Australia ).
Peter Bostock passed away in Melbourne ( Victoria, Australia ), at the age of 84.
( sources : Lodge devotion 723, bostock.net, prabook.com )