Best Seat in the House

Best Seat in the House

Neil Crompton


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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 viewing position like no other.


Neil Crompton:

Neil Crompton is a leading Australian motor racing and automotive industry figure. His active racing career spans 43 years, including 8 years as a motocross competitor and 30 years car racing. Neil has raced and tested on circuits around the world, including Australia, NZ, UK, France, Canada and the U.S.A. He's also driven a huge variety of cars... everything from Production Cars to V8 Supercars to Indy Car.

Neil's is the story of a kid from Ballarat with a dream of becoming a race driver - a dream that took him all the way to Bathurst driving with his childhood hero Peter Brock and sharing his passion for the sport with its legion of fans beamed into millions of Australia homes via their television screens.