I Just Made the Tea is the remarkable story of how Di and Stuart Spires, an unassuming couple from the English Midlands, became 'Mum' and 'Dad' to generations of Formula 1 drivers, team owners, mechanics and entertainment superstars.
Di's spellbinding stories cover 30 years of the hilarious antics and tragic events of motor racing at the highest level. Whether she was following James Hunt's 'naughty tour' of Amsterdam, smuggling one racing superstar out of Spa or another in, cast adrift on a white-water raft by Gerhard Berger, covering for Nelson Piquet's lack of political correctness or just supplying George Harrison's favourite cakes, she did it with a smile on her face and a teapot at the ready.
Her sorrow at the death of Elio de Angelis and the events leading up to the loss of her close friend Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994 is as evident as her delight at introducing Michael Schumacher to his comic hero, her alarm at things that 'go bump in the night' at Lotus, or her amusement at the antics of Johnny Herbert.
Di's sense of humour and love of people, whether global superstar or race team mechanic, shines through in this fast-moving autobiography that is packed with intimate insights into what top Formula 1 drivers are really like.
Publisher Code: H5392 ISBN 13: 9780857333926
Author: Di Spires, Bernard Ferguson
First Published: 2012 Pages: 376,
Softbound Edition, June,2013