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

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages

The riveting memoir of a life lived at the right-hand edge of the speedometer.

Alex Roy's father, while on his deathbed, hints about the notorious, utterly illegal cross-country drive from Los Angeles to New York of the 1970s, which then inspired his young son to enter the mysterious world of underground road rallies. Tantalized by the legend of the Driver—the anonymous, possibly nonexistent organizer of the world's ultimate secret race—Roy set out to become a force to be reckoned with. At speeds approaching 200 mph, he sped from London to Morocco, from Budapest to Rome, from San Francisco to Miami, in his highly modified BMW M5, culminating in a new record for the infamous Los Angeles to New York run: 32:07.

Sexy, funny, and shocking, The Driver is a never-before-told insider's look at an unbelievably fast and dangerous society that has long been off-limits to ordinary mortals.

 

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User Review  - SplAgentsDandJ - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnD4 - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
RENDEZVOUS
3
THE DIVINITY OF PURPOSE
5
RENDEZVOUS
15
CANT BELIEVE THE KING OF MOROCCO
18
GOD IS SPEED
27
CROSSING THE RUBICON
33
THE WORLDS BEST BAD IDEA OF ALL TIME
43
WHATEVER IT COSTS 160
179
CORY 165
184
THE GOLDEN AGE 169
188
THINK THOSE PRIESTS WERE LYING 171
190
THE COEFFICIENT OF DANGER 177
196
THE BATTLE OF ROME 188
5
THE DRIVER 209
26
THE SHERPA FROM DALLAS 211
28

GUMBALL 2003
57
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
THAT
141
WHAT YOU GET FOR THE STATUE OF LIBERTY 129
148
THE UNLUCKIEST LAMBORGHINI OWNER IN THE WORLD 135
154
BULLRUN 149
168
THE BED OF MY ENEMYS AVALANCHE 151
173
BADIDEA COM 215
32
THE WORST ROAD TRIP OF ALL TIME 222
36
THE LONGEST TUNNEL IN AMERICA 225
42
DRIVEPLAN 1 ALPHA ASSAULT FINAL 234
50
NAKED DAYTIME RUNNING 240
57
TIME IS THE DEVIL 252
69
THE PATRON SAINT OF NONVIOLENT AND UNPROFITABLE CRIMES 261
78
THE DRIVER 273
90
THE STORM CHASERS 279
110
COUNTDOWN 305
122
THE BRAVEST DRIVER I EVER MET 317
134
EPILOGUE
139
325
142
O N T E N
143
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About the author (2009)

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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