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The Driver

My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World

by Alexander Roy

It’s something that every automobile enthusiast wants to do: take a road trip with the car at full throttle. For Alex Roy, it’s his hobby; he’s done the Gumball and Bullrun rallies in Europe and the U.S. Roy even claims to have driven coast-to-coast in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Roy’s book, The Driver, recounts his adventures dodging speed traps, driving in packs of other Gumballers and staying one step ahead of the authorities. Roy’s unverified cross-country speed record, made with his tricked-out BMW M5, took years of planning and an arsenal of communication devices, map trackers, and radar/laser detectors and jammers. The cost-is-no-object project even included a spotter plane to warn of potential police. Like any underground activity, The Driver describes a lively cast of characters, many of whom are millionaires. After completing his race, Roy admits that he got the crazy scheme out of his system, and that he won’t recommend others to try it.
The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World by Alexander Roy

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