Motor Racing s Strangest Races

Motor Racing s Strangest Races

The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true.

Author: Geoff Tibballs

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781911042570

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 419

Since 1894, when motor racing’s colourful history began with a bang (and a banger!), drivers, racers and lunatics alike have done many stupid and bizarre things all in the name of motor sport. Author Geoff Tibballs has gathered together this absorbing collection of stories from over a century of motor racing around the world, including the Frenchman who drove 25 miles in reverse, the Grand Prix in which the leading drivers were so far ahead that they stopped for a meal in the pits, the Le Mans 24-hour race won by a car patched up with chewing gum, and the driver who drank six bottles of champagne – virtually one per pit-stop – on the way to winning the Indianapolis 500. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of petrolheads, this book contains enough extraordinary-but-true tales to drive anyone around the bend. Word count: 45,000
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Horse Racing s Strangest Tales

Horse Racing s Strangest Tales

Other titles in the STRANGEST series Cricket's Strangest Matches Fishing's ... Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor Racing's Strangest Races ...

Author: Andrew Ward

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781911042839

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 372

Extraordinary but true stories from over 150 years of racing. This hilarious, sideways look at horse racing vividly recounts many of the strangest moments and oddest incidents from over 150 years of the sport's history. Andrew Ward recalls the time when spectators mounted two fallen horses and rode them to second and third places; the race which had to be re-run because the judge wasn't in his box at the finish; the ultrasonic binoculars that allegedly stunned a horse and unseated a jockey at Ascot, and many more. A totally original, offbeat collection of extraordinary but true stories, Horse-Racing's Strangest Races will be a delight to all lovers of the turf.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Fishing s Strangest Days

Fishing s Strangest Days

... Strangest Tales London Underground's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor-racing's Strangest Races The ...

Author: Tom Quinn

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 9781849941754

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 749

Fishing's Strangest Tales gathers together choice stories and bizarre fishing tales from all over the world. Consider the Oxford scientist who in 1910 discovered the marvellous life-giving properties of brandy to fish who had otherwise gasped their last. Or how about the nine-year-old boy fishing for trout who caught a large mussel containing no less than forty pearls and managed to earn more in one day than his father, a farm worker, had earned in the last five years. Fishing's Strangest Days is full of fascinating tales that may sound fishy and unbelievable but will have have you caught hook, line and sinker. Word count: 45,000
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Cornwall s Strangest Tales

Cornwall s Strangest Tales

... Strangest Tales London Underground's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor-racing's Strangest Races The ...

Author: Peter Grego

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781909396432

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 524

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Cornwall, or as it is sometimes obscurely referred to, Merry Jack. Though this isnt the usual side of the county the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the real Cornwall, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the countys bizarre history past, present and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to Englands gloriously coastal, yet most haunted, region. Located in the toes of the outstretched legs of Britains old man, Cornwall is a county with more strangeness than you can shake a Cornish pasty at. Cornwall is an area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as outstanding strangness from ye olde tales of plundering pirates to foulish ghosts drinking in local pubs right through to the most famous of all myths the bizarre beast that forever stalks Bodmin Moor. Spooky. Cornwalls Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to some of the countys best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word count: 35,000
Categories: Social Science

Dublin s Strangest Tales

Dublin s Strangest Tales

... Underground's Strangest Tales London's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor-racing's Strangest Races The ...

Author: Michael Barry

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781909396449

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 856

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Dublin. Though this isnt the usual side of the city the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the real Dublin, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the citys bizarre history past, present and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to one of Irelands most beautiful, and popular, cities. Located on the beautiful eastern seaboard, Dublin is a city with more strangeness than you can shake a pint of Guinness at. Home to one million people, the name, strangely, comes from the Irish Dubh Linn, which means 'Black Pool', but that name was already taken. Dublins Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to some of the citys best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word count: 35,000
Categories: Social Science

Yorkshire s Strangest Tales

Yorkshire s Strangest Tales

... Strangest Tales London Underground's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor-racing's Strangest Races The ...

Author: Leonora Rustamova

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781909396333

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 140

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Yorkshire, or as it is sometimes beautifully referred to, Gods Own County. Though this isnt the usual side of the county the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the real Yorkshire, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the countys bizarre history past, present and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to one of Englands most beautiful valley regions. Located in the upper body of Britains old man, Yorkshire is a county with more strangeness than you can shake a Dale walking stick at. Home of Robin Hood (he was born in Barnsdale), Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and Dracula (Bram Stoker wrote part of the vampire tale in a Whitby hotel!) and, some say, the birthplace of modern civilization even began in Leeds! But youll have to read the book to find out why. Yorkshires Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to some of the countys best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word count: 35,000
Categories: Social Science

Sailing s Strangest Moments

Sailing s Strangest Moments

... Races Law's Strangest Cases London's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor Racing's Strangest Races The ...

Author: John Harding

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 9781849941785

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

View: 816

This fascinating collection of entertaining stories from the seven seas reveals unusual and bizarre sailing trips, vessels and characters, and recounts perilous journeys in freak weather, meetings with pirates and sea monsters, and other legendary tales.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Railways Strangest Tales

Railways  Strangest Tales

... Strangest Tales Law's Strangest Cases London's Strangest Tales London's Truly Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor Racing's Strangest Races ...

Author: Tom Quinn

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781911042976

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 319

A fascinating collection of bizarre but true stories from nearly 200 years of railway history.
Categories: History

London s Strangest The Thames

London s Strangest  The Thames

... Races Kent's Strangest Tales Law's Strangest Cases London's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor-racing's ...

Author: Iain Spragg

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781910232408

Category: Humor

Page: 300

View: 433

The 19th-century MP John Burns described the Thames as 'liquid history' and ever since the Romans founded Londinium in 43 AD, the river has played a key cultural and economic, political and social role in the history of England. London's Strangest: The Thames reveals the bizarre, funny and surreal events and episodes that have occurred over the centuries on, beneath and along the banks of the famous waterway. From appearances of the world's first submarine to the raid on the Sex Pistols river concert, Lord Nelson's final journey to John Prescott's watery protest, and even the recent escapades during the floods, the River Thames really has witnessed it all.
Categories: Humor

London Underground s Strangest Tales

London Underground s Strangest Tales

... Races Law's Strangest Cases London's Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns Motor-racing's Strangest Races The ...

Author: Iain Spragg

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781909396166

Category: Humor

Page: 300

View: 879

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of London's Underground, or as it is affectionately referred to, the Tube. Though this isnt the usual side of the Tube the tourists, travellers and residents see. (Though, of course, they do see a great deal of strangeness in their daily commutes!). This is the real Underground, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of what happens hundreds of metres below millions of London legs from its peculiar past through to its paranormal present and looking forward to its fascinating future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to London's globally envied, and much loved, public transport system. Located deep beneath the heart of Greater London, the Underground is awash with more strangeness than you can shake your pre-paid Oyster card at. In 2013 the whole city will be celebrating the Underground's 150th birthday the oldest underground in the world. So, pack up your old kit bag and travel stop-by-stop with us on this strange and fantastic journey along the Northern, Picadilly, Metropolitan, Jubilee, Hammersmith and City and District Line ... and explore the Underground as you've never seen it before. London Underground's Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the humorous, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to the Underground's best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word Count: 35,000
Categories: Humor

Flying s Strangest Moments

Flying s Strangest Moments

... Horse-racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases The Military's Strangest Campaigns and Characters Motor-racing's ...

Author: John Harding

Publisher: Robson

ISBN: 9781910232446

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

View: 856

The history of flying is packed with incredible feats of bravery and endurance, human ingenuity and recklesness, mystery, romance and tragedy. From the first hot air balloons of the 18th century to the supersonic jet flights of today, magnificent men (and women) have taken their incredible flying machines ever higher, further and faster. This collection of wonderfully engaging tales of madness, bravery, inventiveness, disaster and triumph will take every aviation enthusiast on a whirlwind ride.
Categories: Transportation

Theatre s Strangest Acts

Theatre s Strangest Acts

... Rounds Horse-Racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Military's Strangest Campaigns and Characters Motor-racing's ...

Author: Sheridan Morley

Publisher: Robson

ISBN: 9781849941907

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 824

This enthralling collection of weird and wonderful tales from the world of theatre includes such unusual stories as the legendary ghost of Drury Lane, how an actor can exorcise the curse of Macbeth, and the well-known theatre manager who fried bacon and eggs in the Royal Box to feed her starving cast at the interval. If you have ever wondered whether what happens in the stalls is actually more dramatic than what happens on stage, which shows were so bad that they closed during the interval on the first night, or how the ‘green room’ was named, then 'Theatre’s Strangest Acts' is the book for you.
Categories: Performing Arts

Poker s Strangest Hands

Poker s Strangest Hands

... Strangest Moments Golf's Strangest Rounds Horse-racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor-racing's Strangest ...

Author: Graham Sharpe

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781910232316

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 256

View: 206

Romping through crooked games, dodgy players, exotic venues and incredible hands, 'Poker's Strangest Hands' celebrates the strange history of Poker's most celebrated tournament, its World Championship event and the characters who have graced it with their presence, compiles some of the strangest things said about the game and fully records the details of the strangest Poker Year yet, 2006. The Poker world is divided between those who believe the game to be the most skilled contest ever devised, and those who believe that success in the game relies on pure luck. Sharpe's thorough excavations through long forgotten archives of the game have uncovered the first ever Poker cheat, who was literally making a spectacle of himself in 1829; has unearthed the game which reportedly lasted for 24 years; exposed the US President who gambled away the White House crockery; and discovered that a certain member of the Royal family was very much amused by Poker. Whatever your view this book will appeal to the novice player who can barely tell his flops from his nuts, and equally to the connoisseur of the subtleties of Poker who has developed and matured his or her skills over many years.
Categories: Games & Activities

Television s Strangest Moments

Television s Strangest Moments

... Strangest Moments Golf's Strangest Rounds Horse-racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor-racing's Strangest ...

Author: Quentin Falk

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 9781849941839

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

View: 652

Ever since John Logie Baird first publicly demonstrated this now all-pervasive medium in his small Soho laboratory, the history of television has been littered with remarkable but true tales of the unexpected. Ranging from bizarre stories of actors shenanigans to strange but true executive and marketing decisions, and covering over one hundred shows, series and episodes from both behind and in front of the camera in British and American television studios, 'Television's Strangest Moments' is the ultimate tome of TV trivia. Why did the quintessential English sleuth The Saint drive a Swedish car? What happened when Michael Aspel met Nora Batty on the set of the 1960s drama-documentary 'The War Game'? Why is the Halloween chiller 'Ghostwatch' still unofficially banned by the BBC? From live TV suicide to Ricky Martin's disastrous candid camera-style episode involving a young female fan and several cans of dog food, 'Television's Strangest Moments' will keep you hooked when there's nothing worth watching on the box.
Categories: Performing Arts

Royalty s Strangest Tales

Royalty s Strangest Tales

... Strangest Tales Law's Strangest Cases London's Strangest Tales London's Truly Strangest Tales Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor Racing's Strangest Races ...

Author: Geoff Tibballs

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781911042945

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 362

A rollicking collection of stories featuring the craziest, daftest and most outrageous monarchs the world has ever known. Packed with royal stories from 2,000 years of history, from the immortality-obsessed first Emperor of China to our very own master of tact and diplomacy, Prince Philip, this book will leave the reader fascinated, entertained and occasionally appalled. We ll meet all sorts of colourful royal characters, including the Roman Emperor Caligula, who was unspeakably cruel to his subjects but worshipped his horse, Charles VI of France, convinced he was made of glass, and Frederick William I of Prussia, who recruited and sometimes kidnapped the tallest men in Europe to form his private army. There are tales of scandal, including secret marriages, illegitimate offspring, royal pickpockets and alleged vampirism, and madness, cross-dressing and pigeon-fancying also crop up! Fully updated with a selection of new stories, this absorbing book is the perfect gift for history fans.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Ashes Strangest Moments

The Ashes  Strangest Moments

... Moments Golf's Strangest Rounds Horse - racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor - racing's Strangest Races ...

Author: Mark Baldwin

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 1861058632

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 185

View: 237

An entertaining collection of extraordinary but true tales from over a century of the Ashes, cricket's most famous international contest. The book contains episodes from all of the most famous series', including the controversial 1932-33 Bodyline series; England’s momentous victory in the coronation year of 1953; their dramatic last-minute win following a freak rainstorm that flooded the Oval in 1968; Beefy’s Ashes of 1981; and the plague of injuries that forced out all but four of England’s original sixteen-man squad in 1994. Great bowlers and batsmen alike are all featured, whether Aussie or Pom, from W.G. Grace to Shane Warne. This year's Ashes (2009) are to take place in England - the first test starts on July 8th in Cardiff (a new venue), while the second, third, fourth and fifth tests will be held at Lords, Edgbaston, Headingley and the Oval respectively. With the England team once again in good form, a solid captain in Andrew Strauss (which also leaves Kevin Pieterson to concentrate on his superb batting), and Australia not quite as strong since Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Justin Langer's retirement, it promises to be an exciting and closely-fought series. This summer the nation will once again take test cricket to its heart - all the more so since the collapse of Stanford's 20/20.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Bridge s Strangest Hands

Bridge s Strangest Hands

... Strangest Moments Golf's Strangest Rounds Horse-racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor-racing's Strangest ...

Author: Andrew Ward

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781910232392

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 288

View: 629

This collection of oddities shows how Contract Bridge has played its part in embezzlement, murder, suicide, kidnapping, imprisonment and battle. The stories feature similar hands to those of bridge - the complete misfit, the two-way slam and men against women - while others, like 'Thirteen Spades' and 'The Raspberry Jam Conundrum', are closer to fantasy. Adaptations of the game, such as Nullo Bridge and Egdirb, are also included. Every hand in this book is a winner. Unless, of course, you were the player who was dealt thirteen hearts but bid diamonds by mistake.
Categories: Games & Activities

Medicine s Strangest Cases

Medicine s Strangest Cases

... Kent's Strangest Tales Motor Racing's Strangest Races Teachers' Strangest Tales Tennis's Strangest Matches Sailing's Strangest Tales MICHAEL O'DONNELL.

Author: Michael O'Donnell

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781911042433

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 251

Medicine’s Strangest Cases is a choice prescription of weird and wonderful tales from the history of medicine, featuring the German doctor who fought a duel with a sausage, the Harley Street physician-turned-novelist who invented a disease – and its remedy – to keep his clients happy, and the quiet and cautious Swiss scientist who inadvertently unleashed LSD on the world. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for 2016, this book is the perfect gift for medical students, clinicians, hypochondriacs and history fans. Laugh out loud and wince with sympathy with this rundown of the most bizarre medical cases ever. Word count: 45,000
Categories: Social Science

Gambling Strangest Moments

Gambling Strangest Moments

... Strangest Matches Golf's Strangest Rounds Horse-racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor-racing's Strangest ...

Author: Graham Sharpe

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781910232491

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 304

View: 830

Whether it be one pound on the National Lottery or a million pounds on the turn of a card, the instinct to bet is the same. Over the centuries there have been many strange gamblers - and even more strange gambles - and in this unique collection of punts and punters, Graham Sharpe reveals fearless, flamboyant and fantastic flutters. Some of the most extraordinary bets include the male gambler who had a boob job to win a big bet; the gambler who set off to walk round the world wearing an iron mask to land a wager; the man who could genuinely dream winners. Sharpe is also haunted by a couple of ghostly gambles, and looks at the betting propensities of US Presidents - including one who gambled away the White House's finest china. Celebrities who indulge in strange betting practices are unmasked, too - the Marx Brothers, Ben Affleck, James Bond, Kerry Packer, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde, Professor Stephen Hawking, to name a few. This painstakingly researched, original and unusual offering is an overdue addition to the ever-popular 'Strangest' series - and you can bet on that!
Categories: Games & Activities

Classical Music s Strangest Concerts and Characters

Classical Music s Strangest Concerts and Characters

... Strangest Moments Golf's Strangest Rounds Horse-racing's Strangest Races The Law's Strangest Cases Medicine's Strangest Cases Motor-racing's Strangest ...

Author: Brian Levison

Publisher: Portico

ISBN: 9781910232507

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 454

Extracted from five hundred years of musical history, this is a fascinating collection of stories about classical music's most unusual concerts and characters. Tales such as that of the organist caught with his trousers down or the orchestra that played faster and faster so that its members could catch the last train home, the sad story of the composer who committed suicide while conducting, the completely silent piece of music and the stone deaf composer who insisted on conducting will delight all lovers of classical music. Many famous names are here, as well the less eminent music performers, in this fascinating and revealing look at what really goes on in the world of classical music.
Categories: Music