The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World

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Harper Collins, 16. 10. 2007 - Počet stran: 336

On his deathbed, Alex Roy's father dropped tantalizing hints about the notorious Cannonball Run of the 1970s, the utterly illegal high-speed nonstop race from New York to L.A. that was nothing at all like the one portrayed in the Burt Reynolds movie.

Inspired by his father's dying words, and against the advice of his loyal, lifelong friends, Roy enters the mysterious world of road rallies and underground races—trying both to find himself and to locate The Driver, the anonymous organizer of the world's ultimate secret race—neither of which may exist. But in order to get noticed by The Driver, Roy must first become a force to be reckoned with.

In this riveting memoir, Roy straps you into his highly modified BMW M5 and takes you on a terrifying 120 mph lap of Manhattan (his version of the French cult film Rendezvous), then tackles the Gumball 3000 and the Bullrun—the two most infamous road rallies in the world. He creates a character for himself and his car, Polizei Autobahn Interceptor, and they stick out among the Lamborghinis and Ferraris driven by millionaire playboys, software moguls, Arab princes, movie stars, leggy Czech supermodels, gear-heads, and tech whizzes. Out of the hundred-plus rally drivers, a select few—Alex Roy among them—compete as if these are full-on honestto-god road races, traveling from London to Morocco, from Budapest to Rome, from San Francisco to Miami at speeds approaching 200 mph.

With his M5 armed with amyriad of radar detectors, laser jammers, and police scanners, and his trunk crammed with a variety of fake uniforms, the obsessively prepared Roy evades arrest at almost every turn, wreaking havoc on his fiercest rivals, and gaining the admiration of police forces around the globe.

But his rise to the top of the rally-driving world ultimately proves hollow, until he meets a young film producer documenting the obscure post–Cannonball Run races and the holy grail of cross-country racing—the N.Y.-to-L.A. speed record of thirty-two hours and seven minutes set back in 1983. Can that time even be approached today, much less beaten? As Roy reveals in The Driver, there are reasons why no one has tried in twenty-four years. But should he try? Can he do it?

Full of hilarious, sexy, and shocking stories from a life lived at the right-hand edge of the speedometer, The Driver offers a never-before-told insider's account of the fast, dangerous, and unbelievable society that has long been offlimits to most of us. Filled with insane driving and Roy's quixotic quest to win both for his late father and for himself, The Driver is the tale of one man's insatiable drive beyond life in the fast lane.

 

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When I received this book as a gift I dismissed it as likely to be the typical unauthentic, over dramatic portrayal of the life and lifestyle of street drag racers or worse, tuner/drifters. A Fast and ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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An autobiography about a Driver who drives to find the person who sabatoged his dads car before a race. He races illeagaly for the fun of it and he gets chased by cops and gets pulled over a lot of times. Great book for people who like cars and for people who like street racing. Přečíst celou recenzi

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PROLOGUE
1
RENDEZVOUS
3
THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE
5
RENDEZVOUS
15
GOD IS SPEED
27
CROSSING THE RUBICON
33
THE WORLDS BEST BAD IDEA OF ALL TIME
43
GUMBALL 2003
57
WHAT YOU GET FOR THE STATUE OF LIBERTY 129
148
THE UNLUCKIEST LAMBORGHINI OWNER IN THE WORLD 135
154
THE BED OF MY ENEMYS AVALANCHE 151
173
WHATEVER IT COSTS 160
179
THE COEFFICIENT OF DANGER 177
196
THE SHERPA FROM DALLAS 211
32
THE LONGEST TUNNEL IN AMERICA 225
42
DRIVEPLAN 1 ALPHA ASSAULT FINAL 234
50

I SPY
59
DIE FIENDPILOTEN
62
DORSIA
68
THE ELEVENTH HOUR
75
TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
81
HOW OLD THOSE GIRLS WERE
91
GUMBALL
100
THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE 108
131
REQUIEM FOR THE BLUE MERCEDES
132
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS DAUGHTER AND THE SHERIFFS WIFE 119
138
NAKED DAYTIME RUNNING 240
57
TIME IS THE DEVIL 252
69
THE PATRON SAINT OF NONVIOLENT
78
THE DRIVER 273
90
THE STORM CHASERS 279
110
COUNTDOWN 305
122
THE BRAVEST DRIVER I EVER MET 317
134
C
143
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O autorovi (2007)

Alexander Roy has been driving in international road rallies since 2003. He finished first in the 2006 Gumball 3000 and set a new speed record from New York to Los Angeles, making the nearly 3,000-mile drive in a staggering 32 hours and 7 minutes. When he is not on the road, he lives in New York City.

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