Vale: Eoin S Young 1939-2014

Vale: Eoin S Young 1939-2014

eoinswallAutotalk was saddened to hear of the death this morning of 75-year-old New Zealand Grand Prix writer Eoin S Young, a native of Timaru.

Young (also known as ESY) also held the role of secretary to the late Bruce McLaren in 1962, and in 1963, he became a founding director of McLaren Racing, where he stayed for three years, but in 1966 he left McLaren to form Motormedia, his own company. At that time, Young began a weekly motor racing column in the British publication Autocar, and that assignment ran for 32 years.

In those years, Young also did McLaren-related public relations in Formula 1, the Can-Am series, and the Indianapolis 500 with Gulf Oil and Reynolds Aluminum.

His friend and writing colleague Dave Moore from the Christchurch Press says at the peak of his career, Young was the most read and most influential Grand Prix writer of them all.

Young was also a prolifically published motor sport author with more than 12 books to his credit.

According to Moore later in life Young’s communication skills were as likely to be used to entertain his lunching buddies as inform the world of the goings on in Formula 1.

Right up to his passing, Young was still filing stories for the local Christchurch tabloid and some British and American motor racing magazines.

“Eoin’s influence on my life started in the mid sixties when instead of spending my weekly stipend in my English boarding school’s tuck-shop, it was down to the newsagents and my weekly fix of The Autocar and Eoin’s column,” says Moore.

“His conversational style explains why he was so fond of lunching, because what I read was Eoin seeming to talk just to me, particularly when he’d describe the sun-parched tracks at the – for me – distant Tasman series.

“His only hint to budding writers was to ‘write as you speak’ – with the appropriate punctuation, he always added.”

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