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Touch Wood By Duncan Hamilton

Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton

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Summary

Duncan Hamilton was one of Britain's finest ever racing drivers, a truly larger-than-life character and seat-of-the-pants survivor. He won the classic Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1953, co-driving his works entered C-type Jaguar with Tony Rolt. Touch Wood is his hilarious and roundly acclaimed autobiography.

Touch Wood Summary

Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton won the classic Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1953 in his C-type Jaguar, with co-driver Tony Rolt. In 1954 the same pair finished second, losing to a much larger-ended V12 Ferrari - and by the narrowest margin in years. In all, Duncan Hamilton competed in nine of those great Le Mans endurance classics. Having cut his teeth in such pre-war cars as the R-Type MG and the Bugatti Type 35B, Duncan graduated to one of the immortal Lago-Talbot Grand Prix cars - which he subsequently mislaid in a French coal-hole. After a hugely eventful racing career - only Duncan could get himself fired by Jaguar for winning the Rheims 12-Hour race in 1956 - he eventually hung up his racing helmet in 1958. As Earl Howe wrote in the original 1960 foreword to this book, though the drivers of his age were fiercely competitive, there were also 'friends to meet, stories to tell and almost certainly a party to be enjoyed...'. Duncan Hamilton was certainly larger than life, and this book tells the story of a man who wasn't just one of the most successful drivers of the 50s, but also the man who trespassed at Brooklands, who spent the war in the Fleet Air Arm accidentally trying to drown American Admirals and who was once stopped on for speeding whilst rushing to take part in a TV programme on road safety. It is a must for any classic car enthusiast's bookshelf.

Touch Wood Reviews

'May be the best book ever' (Chris Evans) 'Probably the most humorous motor racing biography ever written'(Automobile Magazine)

About Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton is the author of The Footballer Who Could Fly, Immortal, and Provided You Don't Kiss Me.

Additional information

GOR006246041
9781782197737
1782197737
Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Blake Publishing Ltd
2014-06-05
288
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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