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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawkeye, 12 Dec. 2003
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Mr. N. Dockray (Perth, Perthshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hawkeye: The Rapid and Outrageous Life of the Australian Racing Driver Paul Hawkins (Hardcover)
This is one of the best biography's I have read for many years. Rather than of a cardboard cutout of a person complete with a race by race results table, we have a full 'bood & guts' description of a real larger than life character who did genuinely live life to the full (like a number of others of his generation). He not only descibes his excellent on (including results) as well as his off track exploits, but it also brings to life an era in Motor Racing which is sadly now no longer with us so brightly & vividly that it seems like yesterday.
If I have any criticism of the biography it is that it does not really cover his final race in any detail. I do not want to be morbid about this aspect but I suspect a simple description of the possible causes would be useful, especially as I am told that the exact circumstances of his death may not have been quite as horrific as I had once believed.
I understand that this is Ivan Mcleod's first Motor Racing Biography and that more are planned on similar lines. If this is the case please put me down on the waiting list - I can hardly wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better motor sport bios., 26 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Hawkeye: The Rapid and Outrageous Life of the Australian Racing Driver Paul Hawkins (Hardcover)
Hawkins was a "lovable rogue", famed as much for outrageous behaviour as driving skill. Nevertheless, he carved out a successful international career during the 60s, though his most noted act in F1 was to dunk it in Monte Carlo's harbour! It was in sports cars that he found his niche, especially with GT40s, Porsches and Lolas. As a young teenager I fell in love with his wonderful red T70 coupe as it took its only win at Snetterton early in 1969: at that time his star was in the ascendency, but sadly the Lola bit back just a few weeks later.

This engrossing book is an evocative blend of Hawkins' private life and racing career seen through the eyes of family and friends, all of whom seem to harbour fond memories, their numerous and often hilarious reminiscences augmented by contemporary reports. At times, one boggles at his childish sense of humour, but he was a colourful personality whose life makes a darn good read.

"Hawkeye" is McLeod's first motor sport biography, but he has done a splendid job in bringing to life a bygone era when larger-than-life characters were untrammelled by political correctness and media-speak. Delightful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice biography of 60s racing driver, 30 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Hawkeye: The Rapid and Outrageous Life of the Australian Racing Driver Paul Hawkins (Hardcover)
The biography of Paul Hawkins is highly recommended for those who are interested in motor racing of the 60s. Paul Hawkins won the Targa Florio in 1967 and a lot of other sportscar races with Porsche, Ferrari, Ford and Lola. Sadly he was killed at Oulton Park in 1969. The book gives a good account of the life and the career of the Australian driver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BLAST, 3 Aug. 2014
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This book is a tribute to a decade that to me is the golden age of sportscars racing. Back then F1 stars (Hill, Stewart, Surtees, etc) were often seen behind the wheel of the GT40's and Ferrari LM's battling in what are today mythical venues for top honors in the world sportscar championship. Beneath that layer of megastars laid another one, a layer made of `lesser gods', men of the quality of Brian Redman, David Piper among others, that toured Europe and the world racing on various locations (Springbok Series, Surfers Paradise, etc) that today are almost mytichal. And among these men stood a unique character - Paul Hawkins.

Paul Hawkins is today a name that bears meaning only to the few who saw him race or to the motorsport experts. This book tries to correct that injustice and in my view it succeeds. Ivan McLeod writes with a fast paced colloquial style that suits the story he is trying to tell. And what a story that is.

It starts in Australia in his formative years and takes us in a whirlwind of action to the sad and much lamented end. The book is fairly well documented but unfortunately is very short. The main character of it was a man larger than life, a man with no filters and one that was in for the fun of it. The man is a complete contrast to the aseptical and `neutered' racers of today.

Paul Hawkins came to Portugal in 1968 to race at Vila Real. He didn't win. His feats on the track that day are remembered by just a few of the spectators. But his antics after the race are still remembered with a chuckle forty seven years after the fact. That my friends in an accomplishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real 'Old-Fashioned' Hero , A Superb Book, 8 Dec. 2014
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A delightful biography of one of motor racings greatest characters from the 1960s , who was also a hugely talented driver . A really enjoyable book that I was unable to put down until I had read it from cover to cover . Well crafted , by its author Ivan McLeod , it paints a 'warts and all' portrait of a larger than life personality of a kind so sadly absent from present day motor racing . While charting Paul Hawkins rise from humble roots as a teenage weekend 'grease monkey' it sprinkles the tale with accounts of several hugely amusing incidents along the way ! We were robbed of a real 'old fashioned' hero the day Paul Hawkins died in an accident at Oulton Park in 1969 . Several of Hawkins competitors and 'partners in crime' have contributed touching tributes that are incorporated into this superb book . I thoroughly enjoyed Ivan McLeods writing style and hope he goes on to write further motor racing biographies - wholeheartedly recommended .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten hero of motor racing, 27 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: Hawkeye: The Rapid and Outrageous Life of the Australian Racing Driver Paul Hawkins (Hardcover)
From the country that gave us Jack Brabham and Frank Gardner-Australia- came Paul Hawkins. He was a true larrikin, and larrikins are special in Australia. They challenge authority, they love life, they are loyal to their friends, and they inspire others. They are also totally exasperating for people who organise things like Formula 1 teams, and people whose job it is to uphold the law. But the people around them certainly have a lot of fun. Hawkeye had an Aussie drivers licence, and a competition licence, but no UK licence. While working for Lotus, he liked to drive at break neck speed around the streets of London, jumping red lights. He did take a driving test, but arrived in a Ferrari. Half way through the test the examiner bailed out shouting, "You're xxxxing mad!"
Hawkeye gate crashed parties, ski-ed rivers full of crocodiles, played pranks on the great and good. He was also a very talented driver.
Through his story, McLeod also tells the story of cars, teams, and spannering. I am not a Formula 1 fan, but I read my husband's book and really loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hawkeye, 27 Jan. 2014
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Mr. Michael Broadbent (UK) - See all my reviews
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Loved it, what a character and what a driver. I never saw him race though, pity.
Motorsport needs more people like this!
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