The Fast Set: Three Extraordinary Men and Their Race for the Land Speed Record

By: Jennings, Charles

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Hardback in black cloth boards, some light foxing on top edge block, some light shelfwear, otherwise in Very Good condition, dustwrapper in Fine condition, in a clear protective archival wrapper. First edition, pp342, b&w photographs and index. The remarkable story of the Speed Kings, a group of men who achieved international notoriety as they pursued their common goal: to travel faster than anyone had ever done and claim the coveted Land Speed Record for their country, and for themselves.Charles Jennings' fascinating new book brings to life this eccentric collection of oddballs and enthusiasts, united only in their desire to succeed: Henry Segrave, as famous as he was fearless, who drew tens of thousands to his Florida record attempts; Malcolm Campbell, the feckless 'd'Artagnan of modern days', whose risk-taking behind the wheel was only matched by that of his love life, a salacious cocktail of sleaze, scandal and bad behaviour; and John Cobb, the taciturn reclusive, who eventually broke the record he described as 'just a matter of keeping going'.What made these men invest their lives and fortunes in the pursuit of speed? What fuelled their desire to be named 'fastest man on earth'? This is their riveting tale; a startling phenomenon that filled the inter-war years and burnt out as suddenly as it had arrived.

Title: The Fast Set: Three Extraordinary Men and Their Race for the Land Speed Record

Author Name: Jennings, Charles

Edition: 1st Edition

ISBN Number: 0316861901

ISBN-13: 9780316861908

Location Published: Little, Brown: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Jacket Condition: Fine

Type: Book

Categories: Motoring

Seller ID: 012052