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Crusher - You Just Can't Make That S#^! Up!

by Bruce McMahon | Oct 23, 2020

Book Review


Brett ‘Crusher’ Murray is an Australian PR man known in motorsport circles from Bathurst to Indianapolis.

Since the 1980s he’s written about, interviewed and promoted all manners of racers and races. Crunched pit-lane deals for teams on both sides of the Pacific in a well-spent life littered with stories strange and true.

So when this man with a sharp eye for business decided to publish tales of an entertaining, enterprising life he turned to his company BAM Media to publish his autobiography _ CRUSHER You Just can’t Make That S#^! Up.

It’s an apt title for 350 pages of adventure and mayhem, packed with derring-do, great successes and a couple of rude words and jokes; more importantly there are genuine insights into motor racing moments and legends.

The tale begins with Crusher as a 16-year old sports journalist, wheeling and dealing around Wagga Wagga and Albury. He hit his straps at the Gold Coast Bulletin before venturing into the PR business with the likes of Frank Gardner’s BMW team, Gold Coast Indy, PacWest’s IndyCar team and Stone Brothers Racing.  His US-stint, and PR stunts, saw Sylvester Stallone try to cast him in the movie Driven.

Topping all this was Crusher pulling together a team for Matthew Brabham for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 - Pirtek Team Murray.

Motorsport is only one part here of Crusher’s sprawling tale – which now includes his Speedcafe website _ but all provide plenty of laughs, if some a tad politically incorrect in these days of weirdness.

Suffice to say the autobiography’s cover is his mug shot from the Marion County jail. That’s another story from a legendary life.

PR, says Crusher, is not about sipping champagne and eating cucumber sandwiches. “It’s about getting shit done. And getting it done with passion….”

Matt Brabham agrees and says Crusher is very straightforward and genuine. “He is just one of those guys that gets shit done.”

 

CRUSHER You Just can’t Make That S#^! Up, published by BAM Media is $35rrp

 ISBN 978-0-6481937-0-8