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Cola Cowboys

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    Available in PDF Format | Cola Cowboys.pdf | English
    Franklyn Wood(Author)
This vivid account tells the story of the truckers who were driving from the UK to the Middle East in the early 1980s. The journey was rough, tough, exhausting, dirty, uncomfortable and dangerous. Journalist Franklyn Wood reports that 'in the course of the one trip we are following, seven Britons died in accidents.' Among the physical hazards were icy mountain hairpins, unmade roads and desert sandstorms. Human hazards included Kamikaze coach drivers, robbers, mind-numbingly slow border controls, rogue police and the temptations of the drivers' favourite watering holes. The route led from Europe, through Turkey, Iraq (during its war with Iran) and on to the wealth and culture shock of Saudi Arabia. The cargoes were often worth a million pounds. Delivering them and returning home for the next load - this was the Olympics of truck driving. Cola Cowboys was originally published in 1982 when it proved extremely popular. It has been out of print for many years and has been reprinted by popular demand.
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  • PDF | 328 pages
  • Franklyn Wood(Author)
  • Old Pond Publishing Ltd (13 Mar. 2010)
  • English
  • 3
  • Science & Nature
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  • By Margaret Butler on 20 August 2017

    Fantastic book, very exciting, shows the wonderful job these truckers did and what they had to cope with

  • By mr nasty on 22 April 2012

    i had heard of this book from a friend of mine, but i had been told that it was no longer available. i looked up amazon and hey presto there it was so i ordered it. the price was very reasonable and it arrived in the post about three days later. the story of hardship and sheer guts is a real eye opener,not to mention the ammount of bribery and corruption by the customs and border guards. a brilliant read and i found it hard to put the book down and finished reading it in three days.

  • By Guest on 26 May 2017

    Very good book of trucking to the middle east in truck drivers truck. I have read a couple middle east runs now and this is worth a read.

  • By Mr. J. G. A. Dainty on 15 July 2010

    An excellent book describing the hazards and problems encountered by our long-distance driver who drive from the UK - Saudia Arabia and other often iaccessible parts of the Middle East. The author has gone to great trouble in writing this book that depicts the life of the drivers with no stint on either description or encounters. It is also describes accurately some of the bureaucracy and the officialdom that the drivers encounter during their travels. It was certainly a book that I couldn't stop reading.

  • By J. Sutherland on 21 March 2011

    The trip to the middle east described in this book is one that will not be repeated. In the years since it was written the roads, borders and cultures have changed. This was the era of real pioneers. Well worth reading. The description of the journey all the way to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia was truly amazing.

  • By bnhp75 on 22 March 2008

    read this book a few years ago, and know some of the people in it. great read. Made me want to do the trip. And i did, with the help of one of the people in the book, though many years afterwards.just wish I was old enough to do it when they did.It's the best of the few books about this journey out there. read it, live it and laugh out loud about it. I did.

  • By Ken O'Neill on 9 August 2011

    This is the classic travelogue of a trip from the UK overland to the Middle East by truck, in the 1980s.If you want to know what a trip like this was like back then, look no further.

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