Driveway Books – Concord, N.C.
Release Date: TBA
This book took 14 months to research and write, and thousands of miles of travel. In 2004 I attended 11 different types of advanced driving schools around the country and enjoyed a variety of unusual and fun cars, trucks, motorcycles and race cars. I also spent some time touring the areas around the schools, so the book has a good deal of travel information and observations. For this project I moved full-time into the realm of professional digital photography and captured more than 12,000 images with my new Canon D10 for this all-color book, nearly 400 of which will find their way onto its pages.
All of the training I took taught me something about a car’s performance and/or control – sometimes at low speeds (for example, the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Land Rover Experience Driving School in Asheville, North Carolina) but often at much higher velocities (such as the Skip Barber Racing School at VIRginia International Raceway and Richard Petty Driving Experience in Las Vegas). I crushed cars with Bigfoot in St. Louis, got chased by Corvettes in my Mustang around Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, rode a Buell Blast in Harley-Davidson’s Experienced Rider program in Memphis and learned how to drive sideways at the Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton, New Hampshire.
Drive It Like You Stole It! is a great read for anyone interested in taking advanced driver training, but it is also a fun book for those who like to get in the car, point toward a new destination and go!
UPDATE Krause Publications was originally slated to release this book in 2005 but was purchased by another company before my project went into production. New management slashed many titles out of the schedule, including this one. I am currently shopping the manuscript to other publishers.