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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

326 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Oct 2007

ISBN-13: 9780061227936

ISBN-10: 0061227935

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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.


Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Oct 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061227936
ISBN-10: 0061227935
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 326
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.34 x 1.14 x 9.18

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 7
Rendezvousp. 3
The Divinity of Purposep. 5
Rendezvousp. 15
God is Speedp. 27
Crossing the Rubiconp. 33
The World's Best Bad Idea of All Timep. 43
Gumball 2003p. 57
I, Spyp. 59
Die Fiend-Pilotenp. 62
Dorsiap. 68
The Eleventh Hourp. 75
Two Minutes to Midnightp. 81
How Old Those Girls Werep. 91
Gumball!p. 100
The Head of the Snakep. 108
Requiem for the Blue Mercedesp. 113
The District Attorney's Daughter and the Sheriff's Wifep. 129
What You Get for the Statue of Libertyp. 129
The Unluckiest Lamborghini Owner in the Worldp. 135
I Can't Believe the King of Morocco Did Thatp. 141
Bullrunp. 149
The Bed of My Enemy's Avalanchep. 151
Whatever It Costsp. 160
Coryp. 165
The Golden Agep. 169
I Think Those Priests Were Lyingp. 171
The Coefficient of Dangerp. 177
Total War: The Battle of Romep. 188
The Driverp. 209
The Sherpa from Dallasp. 211
Badidea.Comp. 215
The Worst Road Trip of All Timep. 222
The Longest Tunnel in Americap. 225
Driveplan 1 Alpha [Assault Final]p. 234
Naked Daytime Runningp. 240
Time is the Devilp. 252
The Patron Saint of Nonviolent and Unprofitable Crimesp. 261
The Driverp. 273
The Storm Chasersp. 279
The Omigod of Wrongp. 293
Countdownp. 305
The Bravest Driver I Ever Metp. 317
Epiloguep. 322
Acknowledgmentsp. 325

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