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HALL of Famer Neil Crompton’s new autobiography telling the story of his amazing career in motorsport so far is to be released ahead of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

The long-time face and voice of Supercars television broadcasts has been working on the book with V8 Sleuth’s Aaron Noonan since the beginning of the year.

Published by Harper Collins, ‘Neil Crompton, Best Seat In The House’ is available to pre-order now here from the V8 Sleuth Online Bookshop.

The 352-page hardcover book documents Crompton’s amazing journey from his upbringing in Ballarat in country Victoria to driving for Peter Brock and so much more.

As the blurb from Harper Collins reads:

‘Racer and broadcaster Neil Crompton has had the best seat in the house for the last 40 years of Australian motorsport, an amazing lifetime upgrade to a first-hand, front row seat to see the biggest names, machines and events of this high-speed, high-octane sport.

‘A kid from Ballarat in country Victoria obsessed by speed with an undying passion to pursue a career in the sport, Neil ended up finding his way to lining up on the grid at the biggest race in Australia, the Bathurst 1000, driving for a team run by his childhood hero, Peter Brock.

‘Since then he’s raced wheel-to-wheel with some of the biggest stars the sport has ever seen in this country and experienced first-hand the thrilling success, heartbreaking disappointment and emotional trauma that is a life spent in motorsport and the relentless pursuit of the ultimate success.

‘Uniquely, Neil has spent his entire career either driving a race car, a microphone or sometimes both. As the trusted and respected modern-day voice and face of Supercars racing on television in Australia, he’s added the audio soundtrack from the commentary box to some of the biggest spine-tingling moments in the sport and is well qualified to offer his account of the who, what and where of Aussie motorsport. 

‘From navigating for Dame Edna Everage at the Adelaide Grand Prix to driving some of the fastest race cars in the world and everything in between, he has been there and seen it all.

‘Best Seat In The House is Neil’s account of an amazing period of the sport from a unique viewing position like no other.’

Crompton and Peter Brock at Bathurst in 1994. Photo: an1images.com / Graeme Neander/Coventry Studios.

Crompton enjoyed a 15-year professional driving career competing with Brock’s Mobil 1 Racing team, the Holden Racing Team, Bob Forbes Racing, Wayne Gardner Racing, Glenn Seton Racing, Ford Tickford Racing, 00 Motorsport, Tasman Motorsports Group and many more.

He won the 1994 Bathurst 12 Hour for Mazda and made 16 starts in the Bathurst 1000, finishing on the podium in 1992 and 1995.

Inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame in 2017, Crompton is the Chairman of the Supercars Commission and lead commentator of the Repco Supercars Championship on FOX Sports and Channel 7.

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