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My Life Full of Cars: Behind the Wheel With the World's Top Motoring Journalist Hardcover – September 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859606709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859606704
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rask, author or American Autobahn on April 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A living legend in automotive journalism and racing, Paul Frère weaves his fascinating life story through the cars he has owned, tested and raced. This autobiography is jam-packed with historical and technical information that Frère lived through and experienced personally. Starting with the family car in the 1920s, Formula-One racing in the 50s, winning LeMans in 1960, with Olivier Gendebien, to writing about, helping develop, and driving cars for the 21st Century, Monsieur Frère, at the age of 84, still routinely test drives today's automobiles and racecars at over 150 mph!
An intimate, unique viewpoint on the history of the automobile, as fun as a fast drive down the German Autobahn- with no speed limit!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Speed Readers on October 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Paul Frère My Life Full of Cars:
Behind the wheel with the world's top motoring journalist
By Paul Frère

He drove in 11 Formula One Grand prix races between 1952 and 1956, the era when the cars and tracks were so dangerous that just surviving from one season to the next was a victory. Teamed with fellow Belgian Olivier Gendebien, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ferrari in 1960. He had an influence on three generations of automotive writers and, along with other luminaries like Ken Purdy, Denis Jenkinson and David E. Davis, Jr. defined both the role and the style that would come to represent the prototypical automotive journalist. He was Paul Frère and he died in 2009 at the age of 91.
Most writers have heroes. Extraordinary talented artists like Earnest Hemingway, F, Scott Fitzgerald, Shelby Foote, Raymond Chandler, or Farley Mowat whose work strikes a chord and resonates with us lesser mortals who are trying to forge a living out of the practice of putting words to paper. Likewise, racing drivers also have their heroes. Many admire drivers from the past like A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones or Fireball Roberts who drove like bulls in a china shop and could grab any racecar by its neck and wrestle it to the ground. While this hard-nosed image of the all-American racer has its charms, some prefer the artistry and limitless talent of a Jim Clark or Juan Manuel Fangio; those drivers who could drift a racing car through a corner at 150 mph with all of the grace and finesse of a ballet dancer. Writers and racers had their favorites, but if you are a writer who happens to love motor racing, you have one special hero: Paul Frère. In 2000 he created an autobiography about the cars in his life -- racing and otherwise, and what they meant to him.
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This is the story of a retired racecar driver turned journalist who was hired by many European and Japanese auto manufacturers to drive prototypes and help them develop new cars. He was initially hired because he had so much experience road testing their competitors’ cars as part of his writing assignments.

There is no comparable writer in The U.S. Tom McCahill was never a professional racer and did not participate in new car development. Jerry Titus died before he could accomplish all that Frere has.

It is refreshing to read stories by an author who does not put expensive European cars on a pedestal. To him they are just cars, with faults and limitations, not objects of adoration to be treated like precious artworks.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arnaud Taquet on June 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best I've ever read over the world of cars. It will make you travel from Belgium to the States with a thousand of little stories really enjoyable. Try it !
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