07 Aug 2010

Uncharted territory

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Now we’re there: A couple of books have been published that I’ve invested lots of effort into in the past months.

I’ve written one of the books completely. By the end of last year, the Haufe publishing house in Germany has asked me to do that. For quite a long time, I had the desire to write a book. This was really a big challenge for me. Again, I’ve entered uncharted territory in my life.

To read or to write a book, that’s a big difference. I have to admit that initially, I wasn’t aware of the toil involved. I have worked many days and quite a few nights to meet the deadline. The title is „Mein Sieg bei der Dakar“ („My Dakar win“). This book also complements my works as a speaker. I hold motivational lectures since years for well-known companies.

In my book, I describe how I succeeded to turn my visions and dreams into reality. Lots of exciting stories and experiences after 20 years in motorsport will be presented to the reader. It started as a small private effort with a motorbike up to the point when I was a works driver in the car category. I report about accidents, breakdowns, setbacks, failures, incredible adventures, my experience in a male-dominated environment and of course my big triumph in the 2001 Dakar Rally. The reader finds out what helps me to motivate myself not to give up early and eventually to achieve what I’ve aimed at. Linked to my unusual background, I would like to motivate other people to start working towards their targets even if they seem unattainable.

If you would like to know more about it you can order a copy of the Germany book directly with Haufe.

The second book that I have been involved has been written by Dr. Petra Fohrmann. The title „Frau lenkt besser, als Mann denkt“ („Women drive better than men think“) gives an idea what to expect. Each of us knows the daily discussions about who’s the better driver – women or men? In this book, I come up with plenty of practical hints for everyday use that do not only help women to be a better driver. Of course, there are plenty of amusing stories around motoring in this book. Many of my personal anecdotes in Motorsport are being told by author Petra Fohrmann in an entertaining way.

You can order this book here.

Both books will be presented on the Frankfurt book fair from 6 to 10 October. I will be personally there on a few days.

There is also an online competition. You can win a BMW circuit drive training on the Nürburgring. I will be your instructor. You can compete here.

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