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Keep on Truckin': 40 Years on the Road - Mick Rennison

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32 Pages of fascinating colour images Review by Transport News
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Illustrated by 32 pages of fascinating colour images and priced at $14.95 plus P&P, Mick Rennison's Keep on Truckin' is an entertaining read. (Posted on 19/10/2016)
An entertaining read Review by Transport News Magazine
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The gritty realism of road transport is perfectly illustrated in Keep on Truckin', a 276 page autobiography of author Mick Rennison's 40 years behind the wheel. Recently released by Old Pond Publishing, the work gives industry outsiders plenty of food for thought. Did the 'good old days' ever really exist? Mick Rennison is not so sure, writes John Henderson.
After miraculously passing his test in an Atkinson Borderer way back in 1974, Mick drove in the days when some crooks and con men seemed to run a percentage of the haulage industry. And Mick worked for most of them! Earning poor wages from arrogant bosses with the constant threat of a P45 hanging over his head, he learned his trade through trial and error, in fact many trials and lots of errors. Mick's career took him all over Europe and Scandinavia, transporting musical shows to Norway, JCBs to Greece and supermarket deliveries down to Gibralter. Driving for a variety of firms he double manned trucks with his wife Jo for nearly 10 years. Along the way he has been blown over in high winds, outwitted hijackers and held hostage by striking Spanish drivers.
Now living on a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal, Mick is approaching retirement and reflects on his varied career. With plenty of humour and not a little sarcasm, he concludes that as good as those days were, he certainly wouldn't want to go back. Illustrated by 32 pages of fascinating colour images and priced at £14.95 plus P&P, Mick Rennison's Keep on Truckin' is an entertaining read. (Posted on 18/07/2016)
A thoroughly good and funny read of the modern day era Review by CV Driver Magazine
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Did the 'Good Old Days' ever really exist? Mick Rennison is not so sure. After miraculously passing his test in an Atkinson Borderer way back in 1974, Mick drove in the days when some believed that crooks and con men seemed to run the haulage industry. Earning terrible wages with the constant threat of a P45 hanging over his head, he learned his trade through trial and error - many trials and lots of errors. His career took him all over Europe and Scandinavia, taking musical shows to Norway, JCBs to Greece and supermarket deliveries to Gibraltar. Driving for a variety of firms, he double-manned trucks with his wife Jo for nearly 10 years. Along the way he has been blown over in high winds, has outwitted hijackers and was held hostage by striking Spanish drivers.
Now living on a narrow boat on the Grand Union Canal, Mick is approaching retirement and reflects on his varied career. With humour and not a little sarcasm, he concludes that as good as those days were, he certainly wouldn't want to go back to them. It's a thoroughly good and funny read of the modern day era, all carried out in trucks that many will have driven - and in some cases are still driving. The book is written in an anecdotal style with a true and gritty account of events and really does tell the real story of life on the road in plain driver speak.
The content must have been an absolute pleasure for Rennison to write rather than a 'labour of love'. Although not blessed with too many pictures, Rennison has used what he had to good measure, giving a great pictorial timeline of events both from a driver and personal perspective. (Posted on 04/07/2016)
A book you'll find hard to put down Review by Classic Truck Magazine
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This is another great book, again written by a truck driver. Mick Rennison has spent his life driving trucks and, in that time, has amassed a wealth of experience - the kind of experience money and qualifications can't buy. He came into the industry the way many of us older drivers did, learning the ropes as he went along. His book is chapter after chapter of mishaps and mayhem - some hilarious, some not - but those who have been in the business for any length of time will certainly identify with some of the situations he's found himself in. Such as being ordered to 'run bent', having a woman motorist drive into the side of his truck and, a long time later, his boss receiving a letter from her slating Mick and his driving abilities. He's also been unlucky in having an artic tipper 'go over' on him as well as being in a truck which was also once clamped at the docks after he ran out of time. However, Mick had the last laugh - but I won't tell you what happens you'll have to buy the book to find out! Mick has done most jobs in the industry but is now winding down, living in a narrow boat on a canal and doing day work. Keep on Truckin' is a book you'll find hard to put down. (Posted on 01/07/2016)
An excellent account of a greatly changed world Review by Truck & Driver Magazine
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When not penning the occasional contribution to T&D and other magazines, most notably one of the late TRUCK mag's renowned Long-Distance Diaries, 76 year-old Mick Rennison has spent pretty much all his working life driving trucks, although he started at the wheel of a Transit.

In those pre-CPC days you literally learned on the job, if you were lucky with the help of a friendly colleague. Bosses ranged from the very good to the borderline criminal. At times, the job meant running outside the law or going back on the dole, and names are named. Much of his driving life was spent double-manning with his late wife Jo, frequently to Sweden and as far afield as Greece. The inevitable monotony of driving has been liberally interspersed with moments of life-threatening high drama.

The book brings his well-written, if not perfectly edited, story bang up to date, Mick still doing enough agency shifts to keep his hand in. It's an excellent account of a greatly changed world that almost makes you glad of today's tightly regulated industry. (Posted on 30/06/2016)
Mick looks back over his good days and bad days on the road Review by Vintage Roadscene
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His comments on the changes on the road over 40 years make for interesting reading, and pause for thought, not least how he remembers all those details, which he has managed to write down in an amusing and very readable way. (Posted on 04/04/2016)
The tales are never less than entertaining Review by Truckstop News
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Rennison's frank, forthright and humorous account of his life on the road is a great read. (Posted on 10/02/2016)

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