Harborough man’s book about F1 superstar Niki Lauda has won him critical acclaim all over the world

The massive Grand Prix fan’s defining blow-by-blow account of Lauda’s incredible 17-year career at the top of Grand Prix racing was published at the start of this year

By Philip Hibble
Friday, 20th November 2020, 12:59 pm
Updated Friday, 20th November 2020, 1:00 pm
Jon Saltinstall.
Jon Saltinstall.

A Market Harborough man’s action-packed book about F1 superstar Niki Lauda has won him critical acclaim all over the world.

Jon Saltinstall, 55, said he was delighted after his epic work ‘Niki Lauda His Competition History’ has catapulted him to international fame if not yet fortune.

The massive Grand Prix fan’s defining blow-by-blow account of Lauda’s incredible 17-year career at the top of Grand Prix racing was published at the start of this year.

Jon, who lives off Lubenham Hill, Market Harborough, said: “It seems like another world since we spoke about my book earlier this year but a lot has happened since then.

“My book has received an amazing critical response.

“All of this culminated when the book was recently announced as a runner-up in the RAC Motoring Book of the Year Awards 2020.”

The dad-of-two added: “It made the final shortlist of six, from a list of 32 nominations that had been whittled down.

“So I am absolutely thrilled that it’s gone down so well with both readers and critics.”

Jon sat down and put pen to paper after being a dedicated fan of Austrian legend Lauda for nigh on 50 years.

“He was my childhood hero and a true giant of sport, never mind just F1.

“So this has been a pleasure and a fantastic privilege,” he told the Harborough Mail in January.

The motor racing fanatic said he had taken almost 10 years to complete the trailblazing 90,000-word, 320-page hardback.

“I launched the project back in 2010.

“I’ve been devoting hours every night and at weekends to bring it to fruition,” said Jon.

“It was a genuine labour of love!

“I’ve had to carry out an enormous amount of forensic research into all of Lauda’s 316 F1 races from 1968-1985.

“It’s taken real desire, drive and determination to see this through from start to finish.

“I’ve put my heart and soul into it.

“But my wife Sarah has been very understanding and supportive and backed me all the way!”

Jon even sent a copy of his book to the grateful family of Lauda, who died in May 2019 aged 70, in Vienna.

“Lauda was a true one-off,” said Jon, who funds healthcare businesses for Lloyds Bank.

“He pulled off the greatest comeback in sport bar none after he was almost killed in that horrific crash and he’ll go down in F1 legend as one of the all-time greats.”