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  • Variable Valve Timings

  • Memoirs of a Car Tragic
  • By: Chris Harris
  • Narrated by: Chris Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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By: Chris Harris
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Tyre destruction, power slides and continuous drooling

Chris Harris has driven more cars than most people could ever dream of. His vast knowledge is legendary. He calls it 'unhinged geekery'. But we call it infectious enthusiasm, adrenaline-fueled escapism and peerless journalistic rigour and integrity.

And then there are his famous skills at the wheel, from city cars to rally cars, F1 to vintage, not forgetting the Guinness World Record 3.4km sideways in an electric car.

And now for the first time, Harris is going all out with that unhinged geekery, and takes us down the road of his life-long adventure with the automobile - from the Scalextric track to the Nürburgring 24 Hour, via his own formative low-powered Somerset version of The Dukes of Hazard.

A highly individual, petrol-soaked life story that's all down to variable valve timings.

©2023 Chris Harris (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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There’s so much more than meets the surface!

There’s so much more than meets the surface! Great insights not only into Chris’ rollercoaster of a life but also into all the politics and barriers you didn’t realise existed in the car media industry. Nothing but respect for Chris and everything he’s done for the automotive industry!

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His honesty and transparency

I loved his narration, felt more like a friend giving you a rundown of the years past

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Chris gives us an insight to his brain that his YouTube life only scratches the surface of

Felt a great ease in myself knowing that others had the same feelings and experience with cars as I did.
Chris’ stories were all very genuine and enjoyable. I appreciated the time he took to scratch through his shoddy memory and pull out this enjoyable book.
If you’ve ever enjoyed his content then this is a must listen.

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Trailblazer

Whether you were introduced to Chris via magazines, YouTube or TG, his authenticity, enthusiasm for the motorcar and elite ability to pilot vehicles sideways at ten tenths, will have drawn you in. I adored his Drive channel and felt him to be literally the most deserving human to land the role with TG, so it was fascinating to understand the journey and the affect this period had on his YouTube persona. I deeply enjoyed this autobiography, especially in audio form.

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Funny, interesting and insightful. Loved it.

Chris is a genuine person and his life and career is interesting. Loved the insight to where his passion for cars came from and enjoyed every bit. The love of cars, mates and in influence of our parents. Thanks for making this, it made my week and I’ve always loved your videos. Cheers mate.

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like scenic route through life and th road

absolutely loved it. Any car enthusiasts would love this, especially good with Chris narrating. It was honest, funny, heart breaking, educational, crest and corner and ups and downs of his life to date. I enjoyed it and I can say that of similar vintage to Chris, he has taught me a great deal about cars since I first read his articles. Thank you Chris.

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