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John Mann: Champion driver whose life has spanned the greatest period of Australian motor racing

In November 2019 I met John Mann at the Island Magic meeting at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in southern Victoria. John has a long and illustrious career in motorsport so it was great to have a chat.

John, who is now eighty and despite a battle with cancer, is still racing.

In the chat John covered

  • His first car, an open wheeler, he made himself
  • The many cars he raced
  • He nursed about eight of the current supercar drivers when they were babies.  Craig Lowndes’ father was his pit crew manager.
  • As a young mechanic and he made a mistake that costs a world champion bike rider the race.  He had to escape and hide out for a while
  • His Friendship with Barry Sheene and his own fight with cancer
Click to listen to the full interview

An edited version of the interview appeared in the Overdrive radio program first broadcast on 7 December 2019.

We also produced a video of several other characters who were racing at the meeting “Reflections from Phillip Island”

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