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And the Revs Keep Rising: Great Drives in Fast Cars [Hardcover]

Mel Nichols
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7 Mar 2013
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.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857332708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857332707
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mel Nichols is one of the world s most influential car magazine writers and editors. In his early career in his native Australia he was Deputy Editor of Wheels, the country s top car magazine, and Editor of Sports Car World. He moved to London to become Editor of Car from 1974 to 1981, and from 1987 to 2009 he was Editorial Director of Haymarket Consumer Media, responsible for leading car magazines such as Autocar, What Car?, Classic & Sports Car and Autosport. Nowadays he is a visiting lecturer in magazine journalism at several universities.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Car magazine under Nichols' stewardship contained some of the greatest writing of the past 30 years. Evocative, immersive, inclusive. It was the inspiration for a generation

here is a collection of his greatest articles. Recommended without question to petrol-heads and lay readers alike. When the oil has run out, and the car is a memory, we will read this book to understand what it was all about.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and evocative. 2 Feb 2014
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I must confess that I read the whole of the book over the course of a few evenings. I grew up with Mel Nichols writings for Autocar and Classic and Sports Car (being a little too young to be reading him in CAR) and I always found his articles to be beautifully written, detailed and full of passion for cars and motoring. Back then (I am talking about the 80s and 90s here) the journalist had a generous word limit allowance and could produce these wonderfully detailed and satisfying pieces that you could immerse yourself in and get a real idea of what the car and the journey was like. Sadly now mainstream motoring magazines are either are full of dull, short pieces trotting out statistics or are full of macho posturing and though the Classic Car Magazines tend to be not as bad, they are more adverts than copy now.

This book is a throwback to those days when reading a motoring magazine was a real treat, when one looked forward to the day when you would go down to the newsagent to pick up your reserved copy or wait for the brown envelope to deliver your subscription to the door. Mel does go in for a "New Journalism" style and most of the time it works well and his imagery is beautifully drawn (although do find the introduction to his famous "Convoy" article a little too flowery) as is his feedback on the character of the cars he drives. He misses nothing and it does feel like you are on the journey with him. Indeed back in the 1980s one was spoiled for good journalism with excellent journalists such as Phil Llewellin and the immortal LJK Setright to look forward to as well. it makes one wonder why we do not have the same sort of quality today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One a day keeps the blues away. 2 Jun 2013
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The pieces I'd read in magazines I re-read with pleasure, and those I'd never seen — mostly early Australian magazine stories — were a pleasure to discover.

Makes one want to read more. Back to the keyboard, Mel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Car Lovers Book of the Year. 20 April 2013
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Mel, a great read, a book of great car stories from when cars were not all computers and driving was a great adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Writing great, stories not so much 7 July 2014
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Undoubtedly good writing, but too many of the stories are about cross-continental drives in exotic machines, which, after you've read about three of them, you don't particularly want to read more. I prefer his other articles, including one in which he recounts breaking speed limits in Australia in an Aussie muscle car. A peerless motoring journalist, but stories which are too similar.
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