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A Wonderful Memoir: “Frankly Frankl: Life, Love, Luck and Automobiles”

Frankly Frankl: Life, Love, Luck & Automobiles


“Frankly Frankl:  Life, Love, Luck and Automobiles”:  176 pages, forward by Sir Jackie Stewart.

Formula 1 today is recognized as a global sport with well guarded stars and paddock, but during the sport’s golden years, the F1 paddock resembled a family picnic, and it was there that a young Hungarian fan, Andrew Frankl, fell in love with Grand Prix racing and followed his passion in automotive journalism.  Along the way, he was able to publish on and participate in F1, and now he has decided to share his memoirs in his recently published book, “Frankly Frankl:  Life, Love, Luck and Automobiles”.

An inspiration and a pleasure to read, “Frankly Frankl” is a delightful retelling of stories and the lessons of a full life lived around automotive journalism and Formula 1.  From the author’s humble beginnings in Hungary fleeing the onset of Communism to his early start at Ford in England, and later as CAR magazine’s co-founder, Frankl found his way into F1 and later America with talent, humility, hard work and determination.  Often behind the scenes in F1 racing, the name Andrew Frankl may not sound familiar, but here’s a recent interview with NBC’s Will Buxton [link], on his role in helping put together the Hungarian GP, now one of the longest-lived races on the F1 calendar:

In addition to those mentioned in the above interview, other memorable moments and photographs from his life in the book include a flight with Graham Hill, inciting a fan revolt on behalf of James Hunt, taking Niki Lauda to meet his 1976 title rival for the first time, interviewing Ayrton Senna, and life on the road with Brock Yates and The Cannonball Run.  

Not just concerned with four wheels and a motor, “Frankly Frankl” is a vibrant account of Andrew’s own roots and life’s journey with several family and personal photographs, making ‘Life, Love, Luck and Automobiles’ a fitting subtitle.

Andrew now lives in Northern California with his lovely wife Suzie, and writes for FORZA magazine and The Auto Channel.  His children Annabelle and Nicholas have taken up the family tradition of following the Grand Prix circus , and  their extremely popular My Yacht parties are featured at various F1 circuits and lifestyle events around the world.

“Frankly Frankl” will have a limited publishing run, but you can contact the author at franklyfrankl.com for more information on reserving a copy.    

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