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Too Fast A Life

Too Fast A Life

by Martin Shepherd


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MIKE HAWTHORN, BRITAIN'S FIRST WORLD MOTOR RACING CHAMPION, was internationally famous by the time of his death. The dashing young Englishman had just won an epic battle for the title against Stirling Moss in a classic last race duel; similar to that between James Hunt and Nicki Lauda in 1976, and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2014.

However, back in the 1950s, Formula 1 was a quasi-amateur sport, in which prizes were modest, the risk of death unimaginably high and where there was scant reporting of the drivers' off-track activities.

Mike's penchant for fast driving was matched by an appetite for pretty girls, beer, aeroplanes and practical jokes - all of which got him into a great many scrapes. What usually got him out was his charm.

In this re-telling of Mike's story, 'Too Fast A Life' endeavours to paint an unbiased picture of a troubled young man, focusing more on feelings than feeler-gauges, and uniquely questions whether his life could have ended differently.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781323199
Publisher: Silverwood Books Ltd
Publication date: 03/12/2015
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin spent over thirty years in various businesses before pursuing a passion for writing. After selling a company in 2008, Martin gained an MA in Creative Writing from Chichester University in 2011. He has always lived and worked in West Sussex and now resides in a small downland village not far from Goodwood motor racing circuit.

Martin enjoys many interests including, unsurprisingly, motor cars, but values friendships above all. He lives with his three cars, two cats and one lovely, long-suffering wife.

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