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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

A fascinating concept for a biography.

2 people found this helpful.
 on 4 November 2015
By Alan. J. Reynolds
A fascinating concept for a biography, to write an account through the recollections of a fictionalised character. Here we are presented with a detailed account of the last four years of Mike Hawthorns life through the eyes of his now aged ‘best friend’ Tom McBride. It is an excellent fresh approach to the life of Britain’s first Formula One World Champion, who had retired and died within months of denying the 1958 championship to Stirling Moss. It depicts a world of ex.public school and ex.grammar school boys in their twenties who are all ‘old chaps’ and ‘old boys’ forever downing pints in the local pub while occasionally expressing the thought that they are ‘keen’ on some ‘frightfully’ good-looking ‘gal’. This is not a world Lewis Hamilton would recognise. It is like stepping into a time machine and visiting a land long gone. Despite the enjoyment this book gave me, Martin Shepherd and his narrator ‘Tom McBride’ didn’t displace Stirling Moss as my fondly remembered childhood hero.

Excelkent book

One person found this helpful.
 on 11 February 2018
By Kevin Robinson
Very good book telling the story of Mike Hawthorne in a novel format. A story of the days when motor racing was very dangerous and the racers were extremely tough and brave guys.

Interesting take on a well known life

2 people found this helpful.
 on 1 September 2015
By Snowy
A well written and engaging book that is difficult to put down. I am not sure how much embellishment the author has put in, and in some ways it would be nice to know. Having read both of Hawthorn’s (ghosted) books years ago and also “Mon ami mate” I guess some licence was needed to make it a readable story. It was certainly that so I’d say well done.

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.

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.

Great book for any racing fan. Past or present.

One person found this helpful.
 on 1 February 2018
By Kindle Customer
Very informative and witty. A great insight into a great man, an interesting read for any fan of cars or motorsport, regardless of age.

Golden Boy

2 people found this helpful.
 on 5 June 2015
By F
Very well written with great attention to detail. A warts and all representation of a charming but flawed character.

Enjoyed every moment

One person found this helpful.
 on 19 December 2015
By Amazon Customer
A terrific read for anyone interested in racing from the ‘Goodwood Revival’ era. It brings back to life all those heroic drivers of the golden age of grand prix and sports car racing. And explains why Stirling Moss remains one of the finest Englishmen alive.


 on 25 July 2015
By Bob Fox
Reminds me so much of that era. I was a race marshal at that time. Those were very good days. The book is very well written and authentic.
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