Motor-racing's Strangest Races : Extraordinary But True Stories from Over a Century of Motor Racing, Paperback Book

Motor-racing's Strangest Races : Extraordinary But True Stories from Over a Century of Motor Racing Paperback

Part of the Strangest Series series

Description

In 1894, when the motley assortment of steam and petrol-powered vehicles lined up at the start of the trial from Paris to Rouen, motor-racing's colourful history was launched.

Many of the pioneering events were death-defying, trans-continental marathons, in which the competitors were obliged to negotiate basic dirt tracks, muddy bogs, fast-flowing rivers, over-zealous policemen and a seemingly ednless supply of stray dogs. Barely contained in this new hardback edition are 80+ bizarre, brilliant and bonkers stories from over a century of motor racing.

They include the Frenchman who drove 25 miles in reverse; the Grand Prix where the leading drivers were so far ahead that they stopped for a meal in the pits; the Le Mans 24-hour race won by a car patched up with chewing gum; and the driver who drunk six bottles of champagne on the way to winning the Indianapolis 500.

Word count: 45,000

Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, No illustrations
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Car racing
  • ISBN: 9781861054111

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