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The Driver: True Life Adventures of an Underground Road Racer

The Driver: True Life Adventures of an Underground Road Racer [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Roy
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"A thoroughly entertaining read, the book is made all the more compelling by Roy's articulacy and honesty in describing his own emotions and his motivation to race" (Boys Toys)

"The Driver is a cracking read" (The Observer)

"Absolutely riveting" (Simon Hills The Times Magazine)

Book Description

Jeremy Clarkson meets Danny Wallace in an outlaw road-race adventure

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (31 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063HBNXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to finish it 6 Jan 2014
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An excellent book for any keen driver. Very well written with the author really making you feel the tension and the excitement. This was one of those books that I really didn't want to finish and will definitely be re-reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining but strangely written 24 Nov 2013
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A lot of weird typos "Europe an" and "in de pen dent". Some sentences need reading many times before they make sense. The author needs to fire his editor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for all car fanatics 2 Sep 2013
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Brought this for my son who read it (i think) within 24 hours!! as a fan of drifting and fast and furious films, he really enjoyed it.
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Since I was a boy, introduced to the Cannonball Run by Burt Reynolds, I've wanted to do this. Time and politics have moved on, and it's no longer "fun" to attempt this, as the implications of getting caught have become so serious. Still, where records exist there will be people wanting to break them.

I've never even been to America but the allure of this coast-to-coast run is impossible to ignore. In the UK I could only manage a LEJOG at ~700 miles which I could manage in a day, and Europe comes with fairly serious implications like a night in jail (Spain) or total loss and crushing of your car. Plus too many languages making it hard to sweet-talk your way out of the above.

For years I've been plotting the best way to try the US coast-to-coast, taking notes from Brock Yates' book and his Ambulance, to the Gumball Rally (an attempt to portray the fun of the "good old days" without sped-up film footage - take note Mr Reynolds). All I've come away with is this... the time has past when this is even possible now.

Alex Roy proves me wrong in this book. His OCD towards his preparation, lists of things to do, and kit/gadgets exceeds my own, as does (sadly) his budget. But this is a great read - very inspirational for someone like me who has to try this one day.

My problem now is that I think his Polizei car idea cannot be beaten. Maybe I should just bring something typically British across the pond and see if I can "smarm" my way out of trouble by wearing a tuxedo and affecting a Roger Moore accent? Americans love the British accent, don't they? ;)
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