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Is That Thing Diesel? : One man, one bike and the first lap around Australia on used cooking oil - Paul Carter

Is That Thing Diesel?

One man, one bike and the first lap around Australia on used cooking oil


Published: 27th October 2010
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At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k!

With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want?

Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts. Is he out of his mind? Quite possibly. Embark on a rollickingly, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest that starts on an environmentally friendly motorcycle built on a shoestring budget by students, and ends with a plan to break the motorcycle land speed record for bio fuel.

Carter is back to his old balls-to-the-wall style of writing, prepare to laugh out loud.

About The Author

Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world, re-locating every few years. Paul has worked in the oil industry now for fifteen years, re-locating every few years (old habits). Paul has lived, worked, gotten into trouble and been given a serious talking to in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, USA and Saudi Arabia. Today he lives in Perth with his wife, baby daughter and two motorbikes. But who knows where he'll be tomorrow ... Paul's first two books are stories from his life on the rigs, Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse (A+U, 2005) and This Is Not a Drill (A+U, 2007).



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Love Paul's writing


from PK, WA

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    Easy to bust out in a week- then read again...


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    from Macksville NSW

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      Love all Paul's books. Funny and descriptive.

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      ""Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable." Phillip Noyce, director of" The Quiet American "and" Clear and Present Danger "on" Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I Play Piano in a Whorehouse"

      Prologuep. 1
      Derrick the Manp. 5
      Cover your Arsep. 14
      What Could Possibly Go Wrong?p. 20
      Panic Festp. 27
      Bio what?p. 48
      The Bike the Universe Landedp. 59
      Bettyp. 69
      Getting to Know youp. 79
      There is no Plan Bp. 90
      PPPPPPp. 99
      To Adelaide and Beyondp. 109
      Stage One: Green Fuel, White Knucklesp. 125
      Stage Two: Spidersp. 139
      Walletp. 151
      Stage Three: Life Cyclep. 161
      Stage Four: Follow the Blood-Splattered Brick Roadp. 167
      The Long Reachp. 189
      It only hurts When I Laughp. 208
      Stage Five: Uneasy Riderp. 229
      Stage Six: Numbp. 243
      Stage Seven: Harder than you Thinkp. 248
      Epiloguep. 259
      Acknowledgementsp. 261
      Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.
      Paul Carter

      Paul Carter has been working in the oil exploration industry since he was eighteen years old, in that time he has accumulated a wealth of hilarious and often terrifying stories. At 36 he wrote his first book, a best seller here in Australia and with its release in the United States and Europe in mid 2006 he has established himself in a new writing career as well as continuing to work on drilling rigs.

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      ISBN: 9781741757026
      ISBN-10: 1741757029
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 276
      Published: 27th October 2010
      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.91
      Weight (kg): 0.27
      Edition Number: 1