'A highly recommended read for any Porsche or travel fan.' - PurelyPorsche Magazine.
What would happen if you tried to drive across Africa in a Porsche? We decided to find out, and we discovered that it wasn't exactly plain sailing, to put it mildly. However, tough travel makes for great reading, and the ensuing adventure provided compelling content for the first book in our Road Trip Trilogy.
So, what can you expect from our first book? Well, from the edgy streets of Syria to the rutted tracks of Kenya, via the war-torn sands of the Sudan, Survival of the Quickest describes the cutting edge of adventurous road trips in gritty, honest detail. At turns inspiring, absorbing and thought-provoking, it shows just what can be achieved with a tough old car, a well-worn passport and a whole heap of determination. If its hard-edged motoring inspiration you're looking for, you'll find it here.
Survival of the Quickest was released in 2012, and quickly became a bit of a cult classic among the water-cooled Porsche fraternity. But's it's much more than just the story of a car. It's also the story of a continent, the journal of a dream and a deep and humorous account of the human condition, and it will have you planning your own automotive adventures long before you've turned every page and reached the end.
Car - 1986 Porsche 944 Lux
Engine - 2,479cc inline-4 petrol
Gearbox - 5-speed manual
Power - 163hp / 121KW
Weight - 1210kg
Mileage - 208,000 miles @departure
Modifications - suspension raised by 5cm, roof box and tent platform installed.
To drive from England to Cape Town, via Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Distance - 15,000 miles
Continents - three
Countries - 26
Deserts - Five
Timescale - three months
So, in our opinion, it's quite a read. But then, we could be biased, what with having written it, so don't just take our word for it. At the time of writing, Survival of the Quickest has been reviewed on Amazon 54 times, receiving an average rating of 4.6/5 - or to put it another way, 92%. Yep, we'll take that, thank you very much. Here are a few excerpts from the reviews:
'Brilliantly written. This might be Ben's first book but he's clearly no stranger to writing. There are no boring overlong descriptions here, just to-the-point accurate expositions of the sights and sounds... and arguments. I loved it.' - Amazon user '265hp'
'If you've ever holidayed, travelled or run a fun car on a very tight budget I wager a pint you'll not only enjoy but love this read.' - Alex Green
'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Really, really good stuff. Travel writing can be w*nky and pretentious - this is categorically neither. At all times, the author manages to give the impression that he is muddling through, making the best of situations, and in so doing, he brings the fantastic places described in the book much closer to the reader.' - R.J.Green
390 pages long, Survival of the Quickest is available in both Kindle and paperback forms. You can find out more about the book or purchase a copy from Amazon by following the link below, or alternatively, to get a signed copy direct from us, click here to visit our shop.