Backfire

Backfire

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Alan Clark's passion for cars - that he bought, drove and wrote about over 50 yearsAlan Clark was passionate about cars from an early age. He bought his first car - a secondhand 6.5 litre Bentley - while still a schoolboy at Eton and without a driving licence. By the time he was 24 he had been banned from driving three times, not only for speeding but in one instance for driving an open Buick Roadster with a girl on his lap. He dealt in 'classic' and vintage cars and soon built up an impressive stable of his own. One of his first published pieces of journalism appeared in the US magazine, Road and Track, for which he was briefly UK correspondent. BACK FIRE, the title of a column he wrote in Thoroughbred and Classic Cars magazine, ran for three years until his death in September 1999. Alan Clark's elder son, James Clark - who has inherited his father's motoring enthusiasms - provides a Prologue; Alan Clark's widow Jane writes a moving Afterword.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0753813734
  • 9780753813737
  • 1,253,899

About Alan Clark

Alan Clark, educated at Eton and Oxford, read for the Bar but did not practise. Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton 1972-1992; Kensington and Chelsea, 1997-99. Various junior ministerial appointments in the Margaret Thatcher and John Major governments of the 1980s. Best-known for his Diaries (three volumes) which The Times placed in the Samuel Pepys class. They were filmed by the BBC with John Hurt as Clark and Jenny Agutter as Jane Clark. Alan Clark died in 1999.show more

Review quote

Anyone who enjoys the Clark prose style, indeed anyone who has ever had a zest from life (the two are mutually inclusive), will find BACK FIRE a thrill from cover to cover--The Spectator BACFIRE has all of the traits of the diaries, bitchy and opinionated, but also offering a true enthusiast's view of a life spent behind the wheel--The Scotsman You cannot help but enjoy Clark's vivid evocation of an epoch now remote and his nostalgia for the romantic aspects of motoring before it became just driving.--The Daily Mail A brilliant book for the real motoring enthusiast. Leave prejudices at home and you will be seduced as Clark always intended--Sunday Tribuneshow more

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