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A lightly fictionalised account of the loves and losses of Britain's first World Motor Racing Champion.

MIKE HAWTHORN, BRITAIN’S FIRST WORLD MOTOR RACING CHAMPION, was internationally famous by the time of his death. The dashing young Englishman had just won an epic battle for the title against Stirling Moss in a classic last race duel; similar to that between James Hunt and Nicki Lauda in 1976, and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2014.

However, back in the 1950s, Formula 1 was a quasi-amateur sport, in which prizes were modest, the risk of death unimaginably high and where there was scant reporting of the drivers’ off-track activities.

Mike’s penchant for fast driving was matched by an appetite for pretty girls, beer, aeroplanes and practical jokes – all of which got him into a great many scrapes. What usually got him out was his charm.

In this re-telling of Mike’s story, 'Too Fast A Life' endeavours to paint an unbiased picture of a troubled young man, focusing more on feelings than feeler-gauges, and uniquely questions whether his life could have ended differently.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3915 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781323194
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (12 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SZ0UO3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Great read about a real character.

 on 11 November 2017
By Paul J
A great read and a very interesting insight into the life of a real character. Any motor sport fan will love it.

Five Stars

 on 15 November 2017
By Spikepix
A wonderful book, so good, I’ve read it twice.

Touching & Excellent

 on 3 December 2017
By Amazon Customer
Honest and insightfull. One comes away feeling one knew Mike

Testosterone fuelled, fabulous read!

3 people found this helpful.
 on 4 April 2017
By DitzyDen
I liked the book very much and I really enjoyed the way that it captured the essence of the era in so many ways, life in England around that time, the evolution of motor car racing, and importantly, what Mike was really like as a character, almost to the point where I felt I knew him!

A most enjoyable read

6 people found this helpful.
 on 30 August 2015
By Barrington
For someone of my generation, ‘Too Fast a Life’ brought back exciting memories of car racing in the 1950’s and 60’s, the like of which will never be seen again. In those days the sport was dominated by colourful characters who diced with death each race with a devil may care attitude comparable to that of Battle of Britain fighter pilots. And the reason I enjoyed this book was because it painted these pictures vividly and gave an intriguing insight into the on and off track lives of the participants.

A captivating new look into the life of one the most interesting 1950’s motor racing stars.

5 people found this helpful.
 on 7 April 2015
By Chris Neale
As someone who habitually devours facts and figures on anything motor-racing and who is quite prone to pointing out the differences between a mark 1 and a mark 1A of anything, my first thoughts were that this book would be too much story and not enough fact. However I soon found that the author has managed perfectly to keep the certitudes there but to still let a story be told loud and clear. I quickly found myself drawn into how the author has envisaged Mike’s life beyond the known details and by the end of the book really felt I had been given a proper insight into his how his and also his fellow competitors’ racing careers would have been, in a way that no other motor racing book I have read has done. I would recommend this book to anybody who has an interest in 50’s culture, not just motor racing and also to the dyed in the wool motor racing enthusiast. It’s that good!

A Champion Read

2 people found this helpful.
 on 2 February 2016
By David Leigh
I was still quite young when Mike Hawthorn was killed but I knew who he was.

A short life lived to the full

One person found this helpful.
 on 29 May 2017
By Unknown
An interesting read giving a good insight in to motor racing in the 50’s

Engaging and entertaining–and not just for blokes

9 people found this helpful.
 on 28 March 2015
By Steve McCormack
Touching and tragic in equal measure, with a healthy dollop of post-War hedonistic joie de vivre to lighten the emotional journey, this book surely has an appeal across the age ranges, and certainly shouldn’t confine its attraction to those interested in what goes on under a car’s bonnet, although I sense there is enough for the motor sport junkies to chew on. To me, at the heart of this book was a personal story, exposing a brave man’s flaws, friendships and flings. I raced through it.

All the facts, anecdotes and opinions woven into a single story

2 people found this helpful.
 on 28 February 2016
By Dr. G. Austin
Some will hate the introduction of a fictional character to meld the bare facts into a narrative but I think it works well. There are many disparate sources and anecdotes about Mike (and I’ve read all the other books I know of). This factionalisation does make for a readable story but you have to keep in the back of your mind that the narrator is fictional. A well worth while addition to the Mike Hawthorn bibliography in my opinion.
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