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NO ANGEL: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone.

'I'm no angel.' Bernie Ecclestone

Born into poverty, Bernie Ecclestone has made himself a billionaire by developing the world's second most popular sport - Formula One racing. Private, mysterious and some say sinister, the eighty-year-old criss-crosses the globe in his private jet, mixing with celebrities, statesmen and sporting heroes. His success is not just in creating a multibillion-pound global business but in resisting repeated attempts to snatch the glittering prize from his control.

Ecclestone has never before revealed how he graduated from selling second-hand cars in London's notorious Warren Street to become the major player he is today. He has finally decided to reveal his secrets: the deals, the marriages, the disasters and the successes in Formula One racing, in Downing Street, in casinos, on yachts and in the air.

Surprisingly, he has granted access to his inner circle to Tom Bower, described by Ecclestone as 'The Undertaker' - the man who buries reputations - and has given him access to all his friends and enemies. All have been told by Ecclestone, 'Tell him the truth, good or bad.'

No Angel is a classic rags-to-riches story, the unique portrayal of a unique man and an intriguing insight into Formula One racing, business and the human spirit. Tom Bower is the author of nineteen books, including biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohamed Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, Conrad Black and more recently, Simon Cowell.

AMAZON synopsis of Tom Bower's book 

Ever since my exposure to the Formula One racing scene, during my time as

a consultant to Acorn Computers • when they had their own aspirations of

active participation in the sport • I have been abhorred by the conniving and

persistence, of those wishing to associate themselves with the celebratory

status quo reality of [BE]ing involved. [IT] was during my involvement with

the design and development of a specialised piece of 'on-demand-colour' 

equipment, that Computer Integrated Solutions and I were approached

by John Bloom on behalf of Bernie Ecclestone, with a proposal for utilising

the system for Formula One. I was well aware of Bloom's involvement in the

so called "washing machine shenanigans" and the fact that he had been living

in Mallorca since 1979 and so it was that I flew there for a meeting in Palma,

to discuss the potential supply of two systems, which were being built as

Specialist Digital Servers, one to be funded by Digital themselves and my own

company and the other to be supplied at cost. Further to a demonstration 

of the system, such that FIA passes were made up for specific TIMES and

DATES, which couldn't be identified as originals an order was processed

for two machines, one free-gratis and the other to be paid for at cost.

Unfortunately despite the fact 
that Ecclestone was able to utilise this equipment

to "[RE]dress" racing cars on daily basis in the first instance and thence on a

twice daily basis, to double and then quadruple the advertising/sponsor-revenue, Ecclestone never paid the £10,000 invoice due, despite the fact that

we had people following the equipment around the world, with the view to

repossession, until we finally had a tip-off, that it had arrived in Britain and was

being used in the north of England. The authorities were informed and my soul

mate and I went with a bailiff to recover the equipment, to be advised that

Ecclestone's team had already set forth with the equipment to an unknown

place. Such was the manner in which Bernie Ecclestone aided and abetted by

John Bloom, regularly carried out their business to the detriment of

others, as has been referenced on many occasions other than those which

Tom Bower has put into print in his book. Since that time John Bloom has been

variously involved as a consultant for multi-national companies, primarily in

merchandising and corporate sponsorship and has in[DEED] been acknowledged

by Tom Bower, as having arranged the first meeting between Bower and

Ecclestone in late 2009.

HEIGH-HO, HEIGH-HO, it's off to SAVE the world we go 

... and anyway what goes around comes around, as they say, and

from my own perspective I am glad that no one thinks me ripe for

a mugging, let alone having my very expensive vandal-proof carwheels

stolen, not just once but three times !!!???


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Comment by Michael Grove on July 6, 2018 at 19:26

AS a by the by however, this particular mini-history of John Bloom's influence on Swindon certainly sets the scene, in consideration of the fact that's where my soul-mate and I have lived for the last 20 years.

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