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The Real McRae Hardcover – 18 Oct 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First UK Edition edition (18 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091880904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091880903
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The updated paperback of the best selling life story of World Rally Champion Colin McRae --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Colin McRae was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1968. He won the British Rally Championship for the first time in 1991, became World Champion in 1997 and Safari Rally Champion in 1999. Derick Alsopp has joined forces with his friend Colin McRae to document this incredible sporting story. Derick is the country's foremost motorsport journalist and has written books with many iconic figures in the past.


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Format: Hardcover
Colin McRae is still the best rally driver of the current generation and this book gives some inside into why. The format of having additional input from his family and colleagues helps to provide a different perspective to the usual biography and the external insights are particularly illuminating after his massive accident in Corsica in 2000.
The only complaint is that the book ends before the World Championship final rounds. As it was such a nail biting event until Stage 4 of the RAC, the final round, Colin's insight on that is sorely missing.
If you want to know why he is the best read this book.
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Format: Hardcover
This book opens with very kind words from one of Colin's biggest ravels. This is a great insite to one of scotlands best undervalued sportsman. In some ways he likes it that way, when he is out of the car and with his young family. It gives a real feel to the sport than the tv can't. it talks a bit about his school life and how he still lives where he was brought up even though he says it dose cost him a lot of mony to have such prialage to have a home in SCOTLAND he would not have it any other way
It is well writen and very easy book to pick up and very hard to put down kind of book. It has a great balance of hummer and stright talking from the Scotsman about how hard a life is in the sport especial when it gose badley wrong in the car. He talks about before he got his break in to the big time and onto the world rally stage and world champinship year. And why he left that team that give him that big break? and why had gone to Ford?.
Both of his parants have added there own thought of having a son that has acheved such sucess at such a young age. The book gose into the help and expectations of his father had to make it more in the sport than he had done in his life. Colin talks quite openly on how much his father has helped him and how he helps him today all over the world.
the book is great and even if you are not a WRC fan it is still a great book to reed.
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By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a incredible and drmatic story
of legendery Colin McRae's life. explaining
about his childhood right through to half way through the 2001 season. A great buy.
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Format: Hardcover
As this type of motor sport is hardley televised on the BBC Sport programes,or any other TV channels, this book is a real eye opener as to what its like being the best british rally driver. Right from the start when he realised that all he was interested in was rallying to the ups and downs as discribed through the years to get to where he is today are well detailed and explained, and for most of the read quite humerous. Untill you read this book you will never realise and appreciate how much hard work Colin Mcrae has given, and the risks he has taken to get Britain up there with the best. A must for all die hard rally fans who support him, and feel they want to get to know him better.
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By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is more like a quickly scribbled diary than an in-depth look at a hugely popular sport and driver. There are some personal moments in here but they're rather guarded and I felt that at the end of the book I didn't know rallying or Colin McRae any better than before. The rallies themselves are mainly treated along the lines of "Corsica, broke down, it wasn't my fault". It's an easy read but that's because there's nothing much in it and annoyingly finishes before the end of an exciting season, no doubt in order to be in the shops before Christmas.
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Format: Paperback
This book is well worth it,gives an in-depth account of his rallying career and how he got into rallying.the only poor point to this book was the ending as there was no closure to the book and did not mention his move to Citroen or skoda but all in all a very interesting read for rally enthusiasts.
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