Marathon Man Eric Jackson’s autobiography – Petrol in My Blood – now available

Rally driver Eric Jackson was well-known in the 1950s, 60s and 70s for undertaking epic marathon trips. Now in his late eighties, he has completed the story of his adventurous life starting in 1924 in Yorkshire then traveling throughout the world.
Nov. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- Petrol in My Blood is so much more than the autobiography of a world adventurer.  The opening chapter of the book describes how he and his co-driver Ken Chambers were in Ethiopia in 1963, after being attacked by bandits at the dead of night in deserted terrain. They had survived the bandit attack but bullets had pierced the fuel tank and their container of water. Miles from anywhere, with just a few drops of fuel in the car and nothing to drink but two cans of soda, how are they going to survive?

As they drove through the night, Eric reflected on his life. What had brought him, the illegitimate son of a gypsy turned motor trader, to this desolate place?

The story of his life began in 1924 when he was born in gypsy caravan in a Yorkshire field. The book takes us through his early days as he starts to use up his nine lives. As we go through the book, we travel with him to Africa for the first time, as a young soldier in World War ll. His next posting was to Germany.  Knowing Eric as we do by this stage, it’s hardly a surprise to read about him helping a friend’s father escape from the Berlin’s Russian sector, right under the noses of Russian guards.

The Russian guards didn’t get him, but back in Yorkshire after the war he was shot and seriously wounded but lived to grow his business and develop his new career in motorsport.

That’s when things really start to get exciting…  

Before long, Eric found himself in deepest Africa, traveling the world and experiencing astonishing adventures. As the book takes the reader through his long and exciting life, it illustrates the stories with original photographs, memorabilia and press cuttings.

The book is available in hardback and paperback and is available at
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