Motor Racing’s Strangest Races: Extraordinary But True Stories from Over a Century of Motor Racing

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Bizarre, bonkers and utterly hilarious stories, events and characters from over a century of motor racing Includes all the big races Le Mans, Formula Three, Indie 500, Paris- dakar, Grand Prix, Daytona 500 and many more! Now published as eBook the perfect present for the petrol-head in the family! In 1894, when the motley assortment of steam and petrol-powered vehicles lined up at the start of the trial from Paris to Rouen, motor-racing's colourful history was launched. Many of the pioneering events were death-defying, trans- continental marathons, in which the competitors were obliged to negotiate basic dirt tracks, muddy bogs, fast-flowing rivers, over-zealous policemen and a seemingly endless supply of stray dogs. Barely contained in this new digital edition are 80+ bizarre, brilliant and bonkers stories from over a century of motor racing. They include the Frenchman who drove 25 miles in reverse; the Grand Prix where the leading drivers were so far ahead that they stopped for a meal in the pits; the Le Mans 24-hour race won by a car patched up with chewing gum; and the driver who drunk six bottles of champagne on the way to winning the Indianapolis 500.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (15 May 2013)
  • Sold by: ¬†Amazon Media EU S.√† r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PPHG318
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Motor racing book

 on 12 March 2017
By K. Sweetman
Birthday gift for my husband, I’m sure he will love it

Amusing collection of anecdotes from the world of motorsports

4 people found this helpful.
 on 6 October 2010
By AK
I agree with the other reviewer that this is not a book of serious scholarship on motorsports, its history or development. Yet I find his judgement of it overall unduly harsh. The book is not of the kind to be read from cover to cover and in that sense it is not a page turner. It does have plenty of amusing vignettes from the world of motorsports and I feel that it deserves 4 stars in the way it succeeds at its stated goal – to provide the interested reader with some lighthearted trivia (entertainment) on the sport.

A good read

 on 7 July 2015
By Harty
Very interesting and something for every motor racing fan. Written with a wry humour (yes – humour – I am not American Amazon). Some great stories. Only lacks photos.

Five Stars

 on 21 April 2015
By Mr. BERESFORD A BROOKE
Anything to do with cars and tracing I enjoy – this ws no exception

… bought as a present for my son who has enjoyed reading it

 on 1 May 2015
By E M BENDREY
This was bought as a present for my son who has enjoyed reading it.

Great book

 on 6 January 2017
By donald wilson
Great book

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on 28 July 2014
By Stuart NEALE
GR8

a gift

 on 8 January 2015
By Roger Alden
It was a gift it went down well I think

Four Stars

 on 19 December 2014
By kathleen foster
looks ok bought as present

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