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  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781741668995
  • Imprint: Ebury Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $34.99
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Skaifey

Life in the Fast Lane




Autobiography of the most successful driver in Australian motorsport history

He is the most successful driver in Australian motorsport history. One of the icons of the sport, ultimately a Holden hero after starting his career with Nissan: but there is much more to Mark Skaife than just that.

Move past the numbers – more touring car round wins than any other driver, equal to the best in touring car titles, five Bathurst wins, three Australian Drivers’ Championships and numerous other accolades – and you’ll find a driver with a deeply entrenched popularity in the sport.

This is Mark’s story in his own words, from before the time the motorsport bug first bit to the final days of his time with HRT and the desire to keep racing at Bathurst. He talks about the level of commitment he put in to become the very best while some of those around him tell how this changed the face of the sport in this country. Find out what motivated him to dominate. How teams he was involved with twice forced the rules to be changed to give others a chance. What he loved about the sport and what he misses today.

But also discover the other Mark Skaife. An accomplished businessman with runs on the board, a family man devoted to his three children, a road safety advocate and much more. This is the only place you will read the true story of Mark Skaife and all that has gone on around him.

  • Published: 2 August 2010
  • ISBN: 9781741668995
  • Imprint: Ebury Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $34.99
Categories:

About the author

Mark Skaife

Mark Skaife is one of Australia’s greatest ever touring car drivers. In his legendary 22 year career, Mark won five touring car championships and five Bathursts. He remains the most successful driver in Australian touring car history surpassing the late Peter Brock’s record of 37 championship round victories. Like many professional racing drivers, Mark’s career began in Karts in 1981 before progressing to race cars in 1984. He was just 17. In 1987 he began a long association with Gibson Motorsport, which resulted in two Touring Car Championships, two Bathurst wins and three Australian Drivers (Gold Star) titles in open wheelers. Skaifey joined the Holden Racing Team in 1997, co-driving with Peter Brock for his two last events. He won a hat-trick of touring car championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 with HRT in a hugely successful dynasty. The decorated driver is much is much loved by the motor racing fraternity. Despite his fierce will to win and intensity on the track, he always had time to sign autographs and chat with his loyal fans. Articulate, with a great sense of humour, Mark has been one of the great ambassadors for his sport through media and corporate appearances. In 2004 Mark was awarded the medal of the Order Of Australia for his services to motor racing and charity work. The racing star retired in October, 2008. He has already won rave reviews for his insightful work as a commentator for Channel 7 coverage of the V8’s and is also co-host of the new Stick-Shift radio program on Triple M. On top of that Mark is still a leader in promoting V8 Supercar racing and is sought after for input into car development, track safety and design.

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