In 1964 Brian Bold hitchhikes from London to Geneva to find his fourth girlfriend and so begins a journey of over forty years. Driving more than twenty cars, nearly every one he's owned, he travels along the minor roads of personal fortune and the motorways of social and technological change. Travelling but never quite arriving, he breaks down on the way to the Beatles' Cavern Club in Liverpool on the night of Kennedy's assassination, races an Austin Maestro at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, has a secret meeting with John Major the Prime Minister, and dresses up in another man's clothes. Often hilarious, sometimes poignant, always engaging, these stories of a family, told through the car journeys they make, will probably provide echoes to your own driving history. Read this as a love story, a travelogue, a memoir, as well as perhaps the longest road story ever toldThe petrol leak took me several days to discover, about the same time that it took for the slow puncture, on the offside front wheel to become obvious. ... The garage that fitted the replacement starter motor, and carried out the first of the major services, told me about the hole in the silencer. Even when the car was in fair working order, and it never performed much better than fair, steering it took some care.
|Publisher||:||Road Works - 2007-01|