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Not In That Car

Not In That Car [Kindle Edition]

Roy Locock
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Not in That Car is the story of an Englishman who drove a thirty-two year old MG Midget car around the world, alone.

Roy Locock travels across Europe and down to Southern India before circumnavigating Australia and following the Pan-American Highway from Argentina to Canada. Dismissing a Taliban attack as ‘not being personal’, he explains the intricacies of fording through Australia’s worst floods for 30 years and is badly shaken by an earthquake in Panama City. In between the driving, he takes the time to enjoy walking in the Himalayan foothills, crossing the Andes and trekking in the Rockies.

During the trip, Roy and his MG Midget covered over 39 000 miles, through 27 countries and raised money for Unicef along the way.

Roy’s safe arrival back in the UK was picked up and reported on by every major paper in the UK – as well as news agencies across the world.

A highly readable account of an epic journey that will appeal to travellers and petrol heads alike.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1151 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (31 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053SIW8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So laid back.. 30 Oct 2012
By S. Rose
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Roy Locock's fascinating description of his world tour in an MG Midget is written with such a relaxed style, he's either the most laid back retired businessman ever or simply chose not to bother us with the uncomfortable details. I've read a few epic journey books, and often it seems the minutiae of daily life away from the comforts of home become a huge focus for the traveller. I'm sure that's a fact of life on the road, so thanks for sparing us this time, Mr. Locock. Instead we get insights into the daily lives of people in the countries he visits, highlighting the contrasts which exist in quite close proximity under differing styles of government. We also get a sense of the sympathy that develops between man and machine when the relationship is constant and vital as on such a journey. Being from the "points and carburettors" generation myself, I think the Midget would lend itself well to such a relationship, purely because of the accessibility of its technology. Hard to feel sympathy for an ECU, but you can lovingly polish an SU dashpot, and it will reward you by working smoothly as a result. I enjoyed the book, and will look out for further exploits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 11 Jun 2012
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OK so I really like MG's. That was the reason I picked this book, but it really is a great read. The sort of road trip you would love to make but just know you are very unlikely to do so.
Highly recommend this book if you have that hidden adventure streak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good, easy read, recommended! 10 Mar 2014
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Having had a (very unreliable and poorly built) MG Midget from new in the late1970s, I can only express my astonishment at the courage of Roy Locock in taking one round the world!
It was one of those books you find hard to put down; I was half expecting far more problems than he seemed to encounter-even an engine rebuild was taken in his stride. Nice cameos about people he met and places visited, though at times they need developing with a little more depth as, for car buffs, would a little more about the car itself.
Great pity that once more the kindle edition of a book has spelling and grammar errors and the pictures are not well reproduced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MG Forever 30 Dec 2013
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What a fantastic journey. Apart from the minor problem of keeping the car intact and running the major problems appeared to be officialdom where border control officers and policemen seemed totally unable to deal with anything out of the ordinary.
Roy Locock is to be congratulated on his achievement and the way in which he dealt with anything arising from problems with the car to revolutions!
A thoroughly enjoyable read whether you are lucky enough to own an MG, or one of the disadvantaged.
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