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
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
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.
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