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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 November 2009
Phil Llewellyn seems to have lived the life of a blessed one. The adventures described in the book - all of which have a driving component associated with them are in their own right enough to make one salivate.

There are drives across five continents, and the author is really a treasure trove of ideas of things someone fond of road trips might want to attempt to do. There was hardly a single one in the book, where I thought, naah this one's boring.

So why only three stars? One thing which sadly happens throughout most of the book is that the accounts are much too cold, clinical, sometimes even completely detached - this is not the more engaged writing of someone like Brock Yates, the vehicular adventures of P.J. O'Rourke, or even the writing of Jeremy Clarkson or the rest of the Top Gear team. One gets the impression that the story went through several layers between the person who actually experienced it, and the person who finally wrote the account. There are only very few of the stories that really draw one in by their own pace, the writing, such as the record attempt from Cape Town to London, which is brilliant (another take on the journey I would recommend is Survival of the Quickest: Across Africa. In a Porsche).

Were only the rest of the book at the same level, it would clearly be a five star, as it is, I would still recommend it but see it primarily as a volume to consult for getting ideas about the next road trip, rather than a fascinating account of what one is likely to find underway.
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on 19 September 2012
Phil Llewellin died tragically young and there is little doubt that had he lived longer he would have ranked up there alongside of travel writing greats, doing for travel by car what Paul Theroux has done for travel by train and Jonathan Raban did for travel by boat. His talents were nurtured by CAR Magazine, by car companies in their in-house magazines and, increasingly by newspapers. This book is a compilation of some of the best of those stories. It is a real tragedy that he did not bring his skills together into single trip books like Theroux and Raban. Nevertheless this book clearly displays his talents and ability in searching out new stories, such as discovering the ice road truckers decades before television. A worthy and true addition to any collection of great travel and/or motoring books.
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on 27 December 2012
Phil Llewellin's articles were always the ones I saved until last and read over and over again. His death a 64 was a huge loss to journalism - read this book. Phil takes you across continents using exquisite and humorous prose - if you like travel or like vehicles or eevn better enjoy both this is a must to read.
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on 4 April 2013
Phil writes beautifully, and these stories show him at the top of his game.

He writes simply, but don't be fooled; writing like this is very, very hard to do but, like all masters, he makes it look easy.

All car enthusiasts should own a copy.
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on 25 March 2013
I am a Petrol (Diesel) Head so anything motor related is a buzz. This is more of a laid-back travelog and mopre the better for it.

Some great stories and very interesting pictures from one of my favourite writers on matter motor related.
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on 9 September 2013
Brilliantly written by the late, great Phil Llewellin; brings back memories of a wonderful wordsmith in Car magazine, The Audi magazine, etc.
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on 13 August 2004
This book will appeal not only to the driving enthusiast but anyone with a sense of adventure. Richard Llewellin, an accomplished motoring journalist and traveller, has compiled several short stories depicting his most memorable driving adventures from across the globe.
Inspiring stories of trucking across the Americas, madcap press launches in the Sahara, a gruelling account of journeying the Silk Route and humorous stories of monster faces (a fitting description of Jeremy Clarkson's appearance I thought!) in China are but a few tales that will make you want to go and buy a 4X4 and drive to all four corners of the earth.
Some times moving, never predictable and always entertaining, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read that will make you gasp and grin. Looking forward to the next.
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on 10 June 2015
Read it in the CAR magazine years ago and good to have the book to travel with
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on 29 April 2016
Brilliant book. Interesting and full of humour
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on 17 September 2007
Just an update to previous review. Sadly, the author is no more, so no more books.
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