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(This information has been kindly provided by Allen Unwin)
Australian Price: $22.68
Format: Paperback - B
Number of Pages: 264
Illustrations: 1x8page photo sect b&w & colour
Australian Publication: November 2006
Subject Category: Humour
Original Rights Held: WORLD
Total copys printed: 6000 Units
Aprox copys sold: 5000 Units (to date: 20 July, 2007)
Chris and Joe take to the road, touring the highways and byways of Australia on a quest to discover what became of the Holden Piazza - possibly the dodgiest car ever to be imported into Australia. A boys' own adventure of cars, cricket commentary, improbable adventures and even more improbable characters.
It takes a strong man to resist the strange allure of a Holden Piazza, and at the age of eight, lying on his parents' lounge room floor watching Sale of the Century, Chris Warr didn't stand a chance. An unhealthy obsession was born.
The Holden Piazza, a glossy black wedge-bonneted sports car, was the ultimate prize of prizes on Australia's richest quiz show. Unfortunately it was also frequently the butt of jokes from motoring critics and the general public alike. Its launch in 1986 attracted comments such as, 'Holden Piazza; the answer to the question nobody asked' and 'exhilarating in the hands of an experienced driver . . . dangerous in the hands of others'. So it's not surprising that less than 200 new Holden Piazzas were sold in Australia, and less than 80 are still on Australian roads today.
Chris lived with his hidden shame for over a decade, until fate led to a meeting with Joe Kremzer, a fellow Piazza aficionado and a dream was born. Together, they would go in search of the Holden Piazza - indeed they would go in search of the Holden Piazza IN a Holden Piazza - travelling the length and breadth of Australia seeking out owners past and present of this iconic if much maligned vehicle.
Their quest results in a quirky, laugh-out-loud adventure, in the tradition of Tony Hawkes (Round Ireland With A Fridge) and Dave Gorman. A rollicking great read for all motoring tragics and anyone who likes a beer and a laugh, In Search of the Holden Piazza is as Australian as pie and sauce or a beat-up FJ Holden.
Table of Contents:
- Author's Note
- Chapter 1 Piazza is a penthouse of pleasure and performance'
- Chapter 2 Piazza. Even it's Italian name quickens your pulse'
- Chapter 3 The driver's seat alone is a miracle'
- Chapter 4 When you've settled in the seat, you behold an eye-filling array'
- Chapter 5 Holden Piazza. The name says it all'
- Chapter 6 Take a fast, sweeping curve and you discover this is no boulevard show-car'
- Chapter 7 Piazza is fully imported, in limited numbers, and unusual in more ways than one'
- Chapter 8 Your adrenalin really flows when you turn the ignition key'
- Chapter 9 Piazza. Even its Italian name quickens your pulse'
- Chapter 10 The driver is confronted by no fewer than 20 warning and function lights, all of them easy to interpret'
- Chapter 11 Just sitting in it is pure pleasure'
- Chapter 12 Driving it is a dimension beyond pleasure'
- Chapter 13 the vision of it standing, aloof and alive, in your driveway'
- Chapter 14 Holden Piazza abounds wi
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Most bookstores will not have it in stock however I found most of them are able to order it in and common sale price is $24.95AUD.
If you live in Melbourne and can't be botherd waiting a few days for one to come in than Go to the broadmedows shopping center book store.
Out of accident I made a pit stop their and orderd one but never picked it up however to this day forward their ringing me to pick it up or they will put it for sale.. Lol..
You can also contact the puplisher directly to grab a copy or to find out which stores stock the book.
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We are also in the process of working out a deal with the puplisher to make this book available as online and hard copy excusivly to APC members for a discounted price. This is still work in progress and will be announced when we will know more..
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