Firstly, I must apologise to both our readers for the drought of new content lately. To be honest, this lovely-old blog has opened a few doors in recent months to far more lucrative writing projects that we’ve both been beavering at separately; while we both love blogging, frankly, it ain’t getting our tubby arses into the driving seats of the high-octane lovelies in our ‘fantasy garage’ pipe dreams. Rest assured, normal service will resume soon.

Whilst Rich’s irreverent hoot-a-minute books are already selling well on Amazon, the tome I’ve been working on since the autumn is now available for pre-order. 1001 Drives You Must Experience Before You Die is my contribution to the vast portfolio of those bucketlist books that you are all probably familiar with. Our car-based shenanigans with XCAR, Carfection, MotorPunk itself and dozens of print mags has given us the chance to explore some of the planet’s best driving roads and, with the help of ten other travel and motoring writers, we’ve now compiled the definitive guide to the world’s greatest road trips in this ‘coffee table’ book, due for release on October 5th 2017. From the salt desert roads of Bolivia to the old F1 circuit of Casablanca, from the climbing hairpins of the Stelvio Pass to the compacted corpses of Russia’s Road of Bones there something for every keen driver and biker.


As the book’s General Editor it’s been a mammoth task researching and mapping each one. I also wrote up about 100 of the final 1001 road trips, and I’m chuffed to bits with the way it’s shaped up; the photography sourced for each one is absolutely mind blowing and the intrepid Charley Boorman has penned a lovely foreword too. So, come on chaps, put it on your Amazon Wish Lists. It’s the perfect gift for any travel-mad MotorPunk and a bloody good way to waste a day dreaming up plans for your next automotive adventures. Pre-order via the link below.



About The Author


Darryl can usually be found up to his elbows in some unloved piece of BL detritus when he isn’t snapping and scribbling for various print magazines or producing the occasional book on sports cars or road trips. As a professional Trophy Husband, under-worked layabout and occasional presenter on XCAR’s YouTube channel Dr O’s other hobbies include vintage Scalextrics, ‘60s Bang & Olufsen and dabbling in grassroots motorsport.

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