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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the fast lane!, 29 Dec. 2002
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Duncan Hamilton was one of the Greatest British racing drivers of all time. Although his name stands below the likes of his comtemporaries such as Moss and Hawthorn this has less to do with his driving ability and more to do with his chosen form of four wheel racing. His greatest achievment was his Le Mans win in the fabulous Jaguar C-type with co-driver Tony Holt. Indeed the name Hamilton and Jaguar will always be linked and will always evoke images of a bygone era of open cockpits, running starts, four wheel drifts, armfuls of opposite lock and cheerful bonhamie.As you read this book there begins a bonding process between reader and writer which is so real one finds oneself alsmost begining to believe that Hamilton is a friend; such is the imtimate relationship that he evokes with his writings. The true revelation of this book is not his considerable racing achievments nor the rare glimspe that he allows us into 50's and 60's motor racing; a time of much informality and jocularity. It is instead the manner in which he went racing that Hamilton binds us to the pages. The 'incidents' such as the night he fell, blind drunk, from the top of a lampost up which he had found himself onto a startled policeman, the almost casual acceptance of the risks of his trade and the descriptions of the accidents he suffered make this the best book of the period that this reviewer has read. A book from a bygone era, and from an author who lived life as he drove; flat out with a smile on his face. You will not be disappointed in this book. The only disappointments are not having known Hamilton and, the greatest, the turning of the last page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful first-hand account of a bygone age, 17 Feb. 2012
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Alan Dalton (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Duncan Hamilton was one of those legendary figures who make motor sport such a rich subject matter. Not one of the great drivers (although his achievements at Le Mans were considerable) but certainly one of the great characters. Hamilton's ebullient personality pours from every page and he tells his tale with irreverent humour and, at times, great poignancy (particularly when discussing his great friend and fellow hoodlum, Mike Hawthorn).

The spirit of post-war and 1950s motor sport is captured perfectly - a time when it was very much a sport and an excuse to have the time of one's life. There are so many hilarious adventures related by Hamilton, not just from racing but also from his period of active service during the second world war, and herein lies a small concern. Hamilton's fabled account of the preamble to his Le Mans victory with Tony Rolt is now widely regarded as being greatly exaggerated. With this in mind one has to wonder how many other escapades have been similarly exaggerated by Hamilton. This is extremely regrettable because one wants to believe them so much, although some are so outlandish that they couldn't possibly be fiction; it is perhaps best to revel in the tales and accept that, as Tony Rolt once said, it is all part of Hamilton's aura.

This edition of the book has been revised and expanded by the peerless Doug Nye and there is a lovely epilogue by Hamilton concerning his life since the original edition was released. There are many black-and-white photographs and the book is punctuated by some witty cartoons which also encapsulate the spirit of the time. This book is tremendous and I value my own copy as I'm sure you will also. I will look forward to reading about Duncan Hamilton's exploits many, many times.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toush Wood, 17 April 2012
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I brought this book for my husband as an anniversary gift.He had asked for it for christmas but i had already got him a gift.He wanted this book as my husband comes from Windlsham and Duncon Hamilton used to drink in the Bee Pub. He loves the book he is laughing a lot he keeps telling me he was a characture
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5.0 out of 5 stars The must read book for motor sport fans!, 3 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant read, a real man with nine lives, he has no right to have lived so long, definately from the times when sex was safe and motor racing was dangerous. I can't see any of todays supposed motor racing greats even contemplating taking up racing in the style of Duncan Hamilton. A real must for all true racing fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Post war racing, 28 Oct. 2013
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Really good, entertaining and sometimes funny read about motor racing in the age of gentleman racers. Would recommend to anyone interested in classic sports cars and motor racing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motor racing as it should be, 7 April 2013
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I read this book about40 years ago and then reread in a friends house since when I determined to get my own copy. Unfortuneatly I am of an age when I remeber well the motor racing heroes of that time and the unfortunate deaths of some of them such as Mike Hawthorn, Alberto Ascari, and Jim Clark. Those that have nostalgia for the days when racing cars looked like cars and the drivers seemed to enjoy life will enjoy Duncan Hamilton evokation of that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible life story, 24 Dec. 2012
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Mr. Ian Bates "ianbates1" (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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Bought this after reading Chris Evans recommending it. Was not disappointed. This guy lived through so many scrapes he must of had someone looking after him.
The story spans from the 30's through to the 60's when he raced with the best in times when a crash normally meant death. Not forgetting of course his flying escapades during the war.
Very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly funny, heroic book from a truly exciting age, 15 Jan. 2013
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If you haven't read this book, but like true life dashing heros and daring-do, then it's a must. Funny, sad and exciting by turns, it shows what made wartime and the immediate post war Britain great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 28 Jan. 2015
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my father in law loved this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touch Wood!, 26 Jan. 2013
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My husband wanted this book as he knew of it's reputation. He is thoroughly enjoying it as he has been a motoring enthusiast since 1960's. Unexpectedly this turned out to be a hardback copy, not a paperback as described
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