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Andy Priaulx: The Autobiography of the Three-time World Touring Car Champion

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Product details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007281188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007281183
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,337,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His route to the top was not an easy one; in fact quite the reverse … Financial hardship, difficult career decisions, true determination and icy inner steel were rewarded."
Damon Hill

"He is rated by his fellow drivers as the complete package - the consummate professional. He is a hard-fighting sportsman but always a gentleman, as well as being a dedicated father and husband, relentless charity fundraiser and proud Guernseyman".
BRDC Gold Medal citation

“Refreshingly honest”.
Independent on Sunday

“Andy Priaulx has a story worth telling”.
Saturday Telegraph's Motoring Gift Guide

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From the Publisher

"It has been my very great pleasure to know Andy Priaulx since his early days. His rise from humble beginnings to superstar was far from easy but he has become one of the greatest and most successful drivers in the dramatic history of Touring Car racing. I am privileged to call him a friend. Few drivers have had as much, and as varied, success as Andy and his book makes a great read which I strongly commend to you."
Murray Walker OBE
"This book is an inspirational and refreshing look at our sport, the remarkable story of the sacrifice, determination, hard work and confidence that Andy put into turning himself from a talented driver into a World Champion. He is a great role model and a genuinely nice man. I wish him continued success."
Sir Stirling Moss
"Andy Priaulx has made a place for himself in the annals of motor sport by turning adversity to advantage, by never giving up, and always leaving time to smile. He is a multiple World Champion in one of the most fiercely contested race-car series anywhere on the planet. He also has shown that, contrary to what our base instincts constantly try to convince us, nice guys can, and do win.
Damon Hill OBE
"He is rated by his fellow drivers as the complete package - the consummate professional. He is a hard-fighting sportsman but always a gentleman, as well as being a dedicated father and husband, relentless charity fundraiser and proud Guernseyman".
British Racing Drivers’ Club Gold Medal citation
"Andy Priaulx is an outstanding sportsman and a worthy world champion."
John Surtees MBE
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I'm a big admirer of Priaulx, both for his driving talent and his ability to get to the level he did without pots of cash, but sadly this book is a bit like wading through treacle.

I imagine Andy wrote this himself, if not, they should never employ the ghost writer ever again as it's quite repetitive and often dull.

The facts are there and are interesting to anyone wanting to know more about the under-rated 4 time saloon car champion (3 time world!), but they could have made a much more interesting and engaging book.
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I really wanted to like this book. I've followed Andy Priaulx's career since his hillclimb days, he's a fantastic racing driver, a great ambassador for BMW and comes across in interviews as a lovely bloke. Sadly, the book's awful. He has a great story to tell but it's badly written, very repetitive, chronologically all over the place, and worst of all, extremely arrogant. I fully appreciate that you don't reach the top of any sport (especially not one as hard as motor racing) without a huge amount of self-belief, but this book makes him sound unbelievably arrogant and unlikeable. Normally if you read an autobiography, you end up liking the person more, once you understand their motivations and mentality. Uniquely, this book has made me go right off him.
As I said, there's a great story in there somewhere, it's just a huge shame that he didn't approach a professional motorsports journalist to help him write it. Although having said that, Tim Collings (a respected journo) is thanked for his input in the acknowledgements. But all I can say is if Tim did have input into this, it's fallen well below his usual standards.
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Yes I loved this book I've always admired Andy and this just confirmed my thoughts about a guy who
really went for it, believed in himself, chased his dream and never gave up. A humble guy from Guernsey with talent and great
work ethic. An example of how you can make it in motor racing without huge financial support and against all the odds even with the "ballast".
I hope it inspires people as it has me to at least have a go rather than wonder what could have been. Good to see too that despite his fame and amazing career that he's stayed grounded, humble, loyal to his fans, Guernsey and those around him.
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As a proud 'Guern' and owner of a 3-series BMW this book was a fantastic read! I received it on July 4th and couldn't put it down! Andy paints such a vivid and realistic picture of his and his family's struggles, triumphs, laughter and tears. What comes shining through is his singlemindedness, and determination to be the best at his sport, but still find time to be a true Guernsey Donkey, proud of his roots,his family,and his supporters and friends.
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While I admire Andy Priaulx for his achievements, I don't feel that writing a book is one of his talents. At times this reads as if he's being employed by the Guernsey Tourist Information Board. I'm sure that Guernsey is a lovely place and the people are good and honest but if I buy a motorsport autobiography I want to read about motorsport.
Andy seems to skim over important events such as being invited to test for Williams-BMW. There's no mention of how different driving a Formula 1 car is from his usual WTC car. There are no real insights into a racing weekend, into the development or testing of a car or the inner thoughts about other drivers, circuits etc.
It seems that this book has been written to appeal to "everyman" and while it's quite a good read it's not the book for you if you want to gain real insight into a world champion.
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Andy Priaulx: The Autobiography of the Three-time World Touring Car Champion

An inspitational read from what seems to be a very down earth guy. From an island that only has a speed limit of 35mph, producing a three times British World Champion - How remarkable!
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