A Drive on the Wild Side

20 extreme driving adventures from around the world

Written by award-winning journalist and television presenter, Alistair Weaver, and illustrated by some of the world's leading automotive photographers, A Drive on the Wild Side, takes you on an extraordinary journey along some of the world's most challenging roads. Experience the heat of the Laos jungle, the loneliness of the Arctic, and the bullet-marked streets of Beirut from behind the wheel of some of the world's finest cars. Find out what it's really like to drive a Ferrari 612 across the forgotten wastelands of western China, or to chase poachers on the slopes of Mount Kenya. This book recounts the fascinating, hair-raising and moving stories experienced during a career of automotive adventure, helped by 400 stunning photos. This book will appeal to car and travel enthusiasts across the world.


A Drive on the Wild Side takes you on an exciting journey along some of the world's most fascinating roads. Discover what it is like to drive a Ferrari across the wilds of western China, take a Smart car to the Arctic, and dodge bullets on the mean streets of Soweto. This is a book that will appeal to anyone with a thirst for the open road. Written by the multi-award-winning journalist and television presenter, Alistair Weaver, A Drive on the Wild Side is a compendium of stories from a life spent behind the wheel. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, they are illustrated by some of the world's leading automotive and travel photographers. Each chapter takes us on an intriguing journey into the unknown. Hop aboard a Range Rover Sport and explore the depths of the Laos Jungle before turning south to Thailand and the lurid charms of Bangkok. Open a scissor-door to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and catch up with Sir Stirling Moss on the route of the famous Mille Miglia. Explore the Faroe Islands in a Lamborghini Gallardo, then slide into a Mini and hurtle past Moscow's Red Square in a semi-legal street race. Tales of daring-do in some of the world's greatest cars are mixed with moments of thought-provoking sensitivity. In a drug-ridden Brazilian Favela, we meet Maria Jose Clemente, who runs an orphanage supported by the Ayrton Senna Foundation. In Tanzania, we lunch with a Masai tribe, and north of the Arctic Circle, we discover the ancient Sami people. Combining a passion for all things automotive with a keen interest in the human condition and a determination to 'go the extra mile', these journeys paint a fascinating picture of life beyond the reach of the guide book. This book tells the fascinating, hair raising and moving stories experienced during a career-spanning automotive adventure in style, with 400 stunning photos. They will delight both the casual tourist and the seasoned globetrotter.

About the author

Alistair Weaver is a multi award-winning journalist and television presenter who contributes to a wide range of global publications. Having worked as a road tester for Autocar and What Car? magazines in the late 90s, Alistair turned freelance in 2000 and has since developed a reputation for delivering unusual and challenging features. He has a taste for the extreme, always determined to 'go the extra mile', and is a former holder of the world speed record for blindfold driving.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-787114-06-7 • eV number: eV5406 • Published: July 2018 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £9.49 / $9.99 / €10.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4100 • Hardback • 25x25cm • £12.99 • 176 pages • 341 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845841-00-3 • UPC: 6-36847-04100-7. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

A Drive on the Wild Side

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