My Chequered Career is a fascinating story and an intriguing perspective from Steve Rider, a motorsport fan whose similar involvement in Golf, Rugby Union, Football and the Olympic Games has made him one of the best-known and most versatile presenters in British sport, one described by Des Lynam OBE in the foreword to this book as ‘a consummate professional’.
- Thirty-five years of motorsport from the perspective of one of the best-known presenters in British sport.
- Foreword by Des Lynam OBE.
- In the studio with recently injured Frank Williams when Nigel Mansell’s left-rear tyre famously exploded in the Australian GP of 1986, costing Mansell and Willliams the World Championship.
- Rider’s awe of Senna: “Ayrton Senna and Seve Ballesteros were the greatest sportsmen I’ve interviewed”.
- Senna’s death at Imola in 1994: nine hours of broadcasting that day and lead item on the BBC’s evening news.
- Working with the troublesome James Hunt on the commentary team, including the day he didn’t show up – which gave Martin Brundle his first chance in the commentary box.
- A memorable day with George Harrison for a documentary – and a unique chance to hear the Beatle’s unpublished song about Formula 1: “It was dreadful”.
- New perspectives and absorbing anecdotes on many of the sport’s headline stories over the past 35 years.