Rear Vision: An Auto-biography

By Pedr Davis

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Cars have been only part of Pedr Davis` life and here he tries to capture some of his varied activities and adventures, including the extensive travels before and after marrying wife Dolores in 1958.

Throughout the years he`s met a fascinating assortment of people and has been lucky enough to work in radio and television and also have 50 books published.

During six decades of motor journalism, Pedr Davis knew Stirling Moss when he was a tyro, wrote articles for Jack Brabham and was chauffeured at high speed by five-time World Formula One Champion, Juan Manuel Fangio.

He has tested prototype cars in East Africa against a background of Mau Mau terrorism and chatted with industry legends. In a memorable 1962 interview, motorcycle-maker Soichiro Honda told Davis of his plans to make `the best cars in the world` and predicted that Japan would become the world`s leading carmaker.

Davis was one of the few journalists allowed to drive the first real car, the 1885 Benz, and the first journalist to drive the car powered by Ralph Sarich`s amazing engine.

His story is packed with anecdotes and fascinating snapshots of such characters as Abe Safron, Leslie Thiess, Soichiro Honda and Dick Smith. He followed the demise of BMC, the highs and lows of Holden and Toyota`s incredible climb from obscurity to best seller.

Rear Vision charts the adventures of a singular man of Welsh background and his expansive work in television, book-writing and publishing.
ISBN-13
9780646540566
Format
Paperback, 348 pages
Published
2010

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