It’s not every day you get to meet a former F1 driver courtesy of one of your favourite bookshops!
Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, Shropshire hold a number of author and book events in their shop throughout the year, however this one was so popular they held it at the local school hall instead. I just had to get tickets!
Mark was there to publicise his autobiography, Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey. The evening began with an interview, with BBC Shropshire sports editor James Bond firing the questions (though I think he’s more of a football man than a motor racing fan), then it was on to the audience for a question and answer session.
Mark was witty and entertaining, but also showed his sensitive side too. He was honest about his battles with former team-mate Sebastian Vettel and other drivers (Pastor Maldonado took a bit of ribbing for his inability to overtake or be overtaken without crashing). It was also interesting to hear about accidents from a driver’s perspective. We mustn’t forget that whilst it’s shocking but exciting to watch a crash from a fan’s point of view, it’s terrifying for a driver. He also mentioned in incident where he outran the police when he was younger, which, of course, kept getting brought back up again throughout the evening.
After the question & answer session, Mark signed books for the long line of fans and even posed for photos.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening and many thanks must go to both Mark Webber and Booka Bookshop for such a great event.