From the dust jacket:
ROGER CLARK is unquestionably the finest rally driver Britain has ever produced, someone who can take on and beat the once-invincible Scandinavians, and who in the environment of the rally Special Stages, on rough and smooth surfaces alike, is as supreme a competitior as was his namesake, the late Jim Clark, on the race circuits of the world.
In SIDEWAYS. . .TO VICTORY! he tells the story of his rise from the obscurity of minor club competitions into the limelight of inter national acclaim in a rallying career which has taken him throughout Europe and as far afield as Australia, Canada, South America and South and East Africa.
It is a story of fascinating variety, laced with major triumphs and at times bitter disappoint ments, and told with refreshing honesty by a motor sportsman who never fails to criticise when he considers it necessary, but who also lavishes praise on his long-suffering regular co-driver Jim Porter and his long-serving mechanic Norman Masters, to whom he admits he often gives a difficult time.
Roger Clark's book must be a great encourage ment to those who have yet to make their name in this most competitive and widely followed
sport, for it reveals that there was no private backer to ease his path to the top. He began with slow, uncompetitive cars and paid his own way until by sheer determination and that spectacular and effective sideways driving technique, successes came which were to lead to factory drives with Reliant, Rover, and since 1966 with Ford. His message is clear: "I managed to do it, so can you", and within the compass of this 256-page, lavishly illustrated book he inspires others to do just that.