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Idle Torque: Stories for Classic Car Enthusiasts

Written by Alex Forrest


Love an E-Type Jag, Mustang, Ferrari or Rolls-Royce? What about a Lamborghini, Austin-Healey, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, even a Mini Cooper? Idle Torque is for the avid collector, the unapologetic revhead, vintage Sunday driver or weekend restorer who can appreciate the iconic design and engineering of cars from the golden age of motoring. This is a collection of the most memorable stories told in the long-running column Idle Torque that appeared every week in the West Australian newspaper.


'Vintage car lovers, here’s a book you’ll enjoy.' The Starfish

'… grab a cuppa, buckle yourself into a comfy chair and go between the covers of your own copy to take a ripping ride alongside Alex.' RACQ Living

'This book is a tribute to classic cars and the devoted, determined, skilful, innovative and hilarious people, who own, love and maintain them.' Restored Cars  

ISBN 9781925816297 (Hardback)
Formats Large Format Photographic (255 x 240mm) (Hardback)
Categories Father's Day 2021
New Releases
Gift Ideas
Art & Photography
Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 104
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    Alex Forrest

    Cutting out the printed words from his father’s car magazines and sticking them on his bedroom wall because he liked their turns of phrase was an early sign of Alex Forrest’s passion for cars and writing. In his final year at university, he undertook work experience at The West Australian. On his final day, he found himself in the right place at the right time and was offered the chance to write a brand-new weekly newspaper column called Idle Torque. The column would run in the paper every week for the next 21 years and kickstart an extraordinary career that would lead Alex to drive a tank, a DeLorean, an amphibious car and an $11m Jaguar. Read more