A Drive on the Wild Side

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, 2007 - Transportation - 176 pages
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A Drive on the Wild Side takes you on an exciting journey along some of the world's most fascinating roads. Discover what it's like to drive a Ferrari across the wilds of western China, take a Smart to the Artic, and dodge bullets on the mean streets of Soweto. This is a book that will appeal to anyone with a thirst for the open road.

Written by the multi award-winning journalist and tevevision presenter, Alistair Weaver, A Drive on the Wild Side is a compendium of stories from a life spent behind the wheel. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, the stories are illustrated by some of the world's leading automotive and travel photographers.

Each chapter takes us on an intriguing journey into the unknown. Hop aboard a Range Rover Sport and explore the depths of the Laos jungle, before turning south to Thailand and the lurid charms of Bangkok. Open a scissor-door to the Mercedes~Benz SLR McLaren and catch up with Sir Stirling Moss on the Faroe Islands in a Lamborghini Gallardo, then slide into a semi-legal street race.

Tales of derring~do in some of the world's greatest cars are mixed with moments of thought-provoking sensitivity. In a drug-ridden Brazilian Favela, we meet Maria Jose Clemente, who runs an orphanage supported by the Ayrton Senna Foundation. In Tanzania, we lunch with a Masai tribe, and north of the Arctic Circle we discover the ancient Sami people.

Combining a passion for all things automative with a keen interest in the human condition and a determination to 'go the extra mile', these journeys paint a fascinating picture of life beyond the reach of the guide book. They will delight both the casual tourist and the seasoned globetrotter, as well as all enthusiastic drivers.
 

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Review from Motor Sport magazine
This collection of 20 or so articles, published in titles like Autocar and Top Gear, makes for an enjoyable and, at times, hilarious read. Weaver has spent much of
the past decade going to weird and wonderful places in bizarre choices of car and the results are what we see here. Whether it's a semi-legal, BMW-sanctioned race through Moscow's streets or driving a Smart car to the Arctic, every chapter has its appeal. The book focuses more on the situations than the cars, so if you want to know how a 350Z copes in traffic, stick to a road test.
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Review from The Automobile magazine
This is all about driving an interesting selection of mostly modern cars in unlikely places. Who would take a Smart ForTwo to the Arctic or the roadster version to Beirut, or a Lamborghini Galliardo to the Faroes? The answer is the journalist and TV presenter, Alistair Weaver, who seems adept at dreaming up major trips which appeal to manufacturer’s press departments and to the various motoring editors who have previously published these stories.
Of more direct appeal to our readers is a trip to Goodwood to drive a Jaguar C-type at the Festival of Speed and the use of a Mercedes McLaren SLR to follow Stirling Moss in the original during a Mille Miglia retrospective. You can also read about driving a Ferrari 612 along China’s Silk Road or a Bentley Continental GT around the diamond mines of Kimblerley among 20 once-time articles with excellent photography taking in as much of the local colour as the cars themselves.
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Review from Motoring & Leisure magazine
A superbly illustrated book by journalist and presenter Alistair Weaver, documents his adventures whilst driving in some of the most way-out, wacky and sometimes worryingly wild destinations. Taking a driving test in Mumbai India, a Lamborghini to the Faroe Islands, a Mini to Moscow and a Nissan to Mount Fuji, are among Alistair's amazing adventures during a career spent behind the wheel.
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Customer review from Amazon.co.uk
I bought this book as a Christmas present for a friend who loves automobiles but after flicking through it I decided to keep the book for myself. It's an interesting insight into the world of auto journalism and is written in an engaging and witty style. The pictures are stunning. If you love cars and travel then it's a great buy.
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Review from Octane magazine
If you like drive stories, you'll like Weaver's collection of past magazine assignments, superbly shot by top photographers. There's plenty of variety ...
 

Contents

Acknowledgements
5
Nissan to Mount Fuji
18
Range Rover to Bangkok 6
36
BMW X3 to Soweto
50
Land Rover Defender across Tanzania to Kenya
66
Mini in Moscow 8
82
Mercedes SLR to the Mille Miglia
96
Jaguar CType at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 4
120
America
136
Ferrari across Chile and Bolivia 44
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About the author (2007)

Allistair Weaver is a multi-award winning journalist and television presenter who contributes to a wide range of global publications. Having worked as a roadtester for Autocar and What Car? magazines in the late ‘90s, Alistair turned freelance in 2000 and has since developed a reputation for delivering unusual and challenging features. He has a taste for the extreme and is a former holder of the world speed record for blindfold driving.

 

 

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