To celebrate the release of his new autobiography What Doesn’t Kill You, Booka Bookshop organised An Evening with Johnny Herbert in Oswestry, Shropshire last Tuesday evening.
Having previously enjoyed evenings with former-F1 World Champion Damon Hill and former- F1 driver Mark Webber, I knew this evening with Sky F1 pundit and former-F1 driver Johnny Herbert wasn’t to be missed. Even better, it was the night before Dad’s birthday, so what better a birthday present for a motor racing fan than an evening with an ex-F1 driver?!
Johnny talked a lot about the F3000 crash which nearly ended his motor racing career and his ability to walk. However, he persevered, defied the odds and began racing in Formula 1. He admits now that his injuries would increasingly cause him pain as each race progressed. Johnny even took his shoes and socks off to show us whilst explaining his injuries (He thought his legs had been taken off during the accident and, indeed, amputation was a real possibility).
The interview and audience Q&A session were very candid, making the evening fly by. Johnny gave us his opinion on various F1 drivers throughout the ages and various situations and F1 rules, including the 2016 season. He even asked for the audience’s opinions on a few occasions.
(In light of yesterday’s shock announcement that new F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has retired with immediate effect, I would love to have heard Johnny Herbert’s opinion on it!).
After the interview and audience Q&A, we were given the opportunity to get our copies of the autobiography dedicated, so I took the opportunity to ask Johnny Herbert to wish Dad a Happy Birthday. Dad being Dad, though, instead of thanking Johnny he said: “It’s not quite yet!” (It was in 3 hours, just “Thanks” would have done, Dad!”). Thankfully, Johnny saw the funny side of it!
All in all, we had a wonderful evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. It being my 3rd event with Booka Bookshop in 3 months, I’m looking forward to seeing who they have next.
If you’d like a signed copy of Johnny Herbert’s new autobiography What Doesn’t Kill You, Booka Bookshop might just have some left.
Alternatively, check out Amazon or your local bookshop for an unsigned copy.