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The Driver

The Driver

The Driver

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, Th

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3 Responses to “The Driver”

  1. K. Bomengen says:
    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A true delight, October 17, 2007
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    K. Bomengen (Bremerton, WA USA) –
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    There have been 3 books in my life that were so captivating that putting them down was unthinkable, The Driver just pushed that number to 4. Having been a long time fan of Alex Roy, it was intriguing to read about the details of what has only been rumored until now. Describing his early life, his reasons for following a life of driving, and documenting a truly remarkable accomplishment of the US transcontinental land speed record; this book keeps the reader engaged.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever stared at an open road and wondered what might be possible.

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  2. M. Strong says:
    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Live vicariously, if disapprovingly., May 20, 2008
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    M. Strong (Milwaukee, WI USA) –

    As much as I disapprove of what Alex Roy does (and I truly do), I couldn’t help but get a guilty, vicarious thrill reading this book. Alex Roy participates in road rallies and cross-country runs for speed, often clipping along at speeds well into triple digits (how does 175 mph strike you?) on public roads. No matter how many safety precautions you take, that’s putting the lives of non-participants at risk and there are plenty of legal ways to get your car onto the track if you want to drive fast safely. Lecture over, my immature half will now commence the review.

    I stayed up late reading this book despite writing that is disjointed and frequently hard to follow because I just loved hearing about the antics of the guys who drive these rallies. I am always curious how these guys get away with driving the way they do, how frequently they get caught and what happens when they do. This book answers those questions.

    What was unexpected for me was the level of technology and preparation that Roy and a couple other drivers put into these rallies and cross-country runs. Roy’s penultimate achievement is setting the record for driving fastest from New York to LA in just 31 hours and 4 minutes. He uses police scanners programmed with the frequency of each state’s highway patrol, infrared cameras for night driving, gyroscope-stabilized binoculars and a spotter plane – yep, a plane.

    If you’ve harbored the same questions I have about how and why these guys rally, if you like technology and planning, if you have a kernel of resistance to authority in your personality, if you like cars a little too much, you too might find yourself staying awake too late into the night reading this book. Even if you do disapprove of what these guys do.

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  3. M. Best says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Read in one sitting, January 3, 2010
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    M. Best (Australia) –
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    I managed to pretty much read the entire book in one sitting during a long haul flight. When I bought it I thought it was a true story, then when I started reading I was thinking ‘there’s no way this is true, did I grab a fiction title instead’. I was so glad when I could do some research and find that yep, it all did happen. Wow!

    It reads like a Boys Own Adventure, an insight to a culture that only a few of us could ever be a part of. The term ‘page turner’ is something that is thrown around quite a lot, but the pace that this book sets compels you to read at the same pace as the cars. It not only looks at the technical side, but also the human element – the effect that such endeavours have on all those involved, not just the drivers and copilots.

    As far as the story goes, it’s 5 stars without a doubt, but I had to take one off for delivery. There were times that I wished a bit more detail was given or that the story continued a little longer – a prime example was when Alex was finally introduced to ‘Torquenstein’. Other times I was left thinking ‘what just happened’ and found myself flicking back the pages to see if I missed anything.

    So although the author isn’t a professional writer, and there is some evidence of that throughout the book, he is a great story teller – and what a story. If you like a good go-fast book you can devour at maximum pace, I’d say go for it. If you are a literary pedant who likes everything just right – the story being secondary – then you may find some of the delivery distracting and might be better sticking with Jane Austen et al.

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