Describing in November 2010 the influence of Mel Nichols on motoring writing, Jeremy Clarkson said: I still think his story about driving three Lamborghinis from Italy is the best-ever drive story... I m trying to do stuff like that now, only on television. This book is a collection of Nichols best writings, mostly covering supercars of the 1970s and 1980s, and mostly published in Car magazine at the time when, under Nichols leadership, it was regarded by the industry and enthusiasts as the best motoring magazine in the world. All car fans will enjoy the 50 stories in this book for their panache and nostalgia. Early days in Australia: Holden Monaro GTS 350 125 miles in one hour dead; Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III down the Hume Highway at 141mph. Formative Italian experiences: the first Lamborghini Countach Monaco to Modena with Bob Wallace; meeting Enzo Ferrari a day at Ferrari, and into the Old Man s lair; Maserati Bora London to Glasgow through the night. German supercars: Porsche 911 Turbo Porsche raises the ante; BMW 3.0CSL skating on the ice to Munich; BMW M1 blitzing the North York Moors; Porsche 959 maxing out at 197mph. More Ferraris: 308GTB Signor, you go more slow, eh? ; 512BB In the clearing stands a Boxer ; 250GTO mine for a week ; 365GTB/4 Daytona romping through Dorset; F40 finding the limit at Fiorano. More Lamborghinis: Espada Modena to London, 900 miles in 11 hours; three Lamborghinis flat-out through France; Countach S at 186mph the straight is running out; Silhouette sad, sweet song of the last Silhouette. And some other marques: Jaguar D-type pipping a Porsche on the M4; Lotus Esprit Turbo carving through the Dales; Audi Sport Quattro S1 flat out through Dyfi forest with Hannu Mikkola; McLaren F1 210mph and rising; Corvette Stingray driving the Targa Florio circuit.