About ROSCO The Fastest Aussie on Earth:
Rosco McGlashan is a legend of Australian motorsport and drag racing. He is also the current Australian land speed record holder. His early years were tough. He spent time in state-run homes and remand centres, eventually leaving home and school at 12. He then drives up north in Western Australia to find work, increasing his age from 12 to 16, to fund his racing career.
He fought everyone and everything and, at 17, ended up in prison and even solitary confinement. Once released, his salvation comes through his love of speed and raw horsepower. He focuses his fighting spirit and energy on racing and going very fast.
His V8 drag bike and jet dragsters take him from Perth and WA all over Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He meets some incredible people, leading to some amazing adventures and tales that will leave you speechless.
Later, his motorsport career and quest for speed took him to other countries. He gets kidnapped by the Russian Mafia when trying to buy two MIG jet fighter engines and fights his way out. He crashes a car at nearly 600 mph. He also clinically dies on an operating table when another car he was racing went off a mountain road in driving rain. He was revived and went on to break many motor racing and land speed records.
He meets mass murderers and world leaders, then casually chats with the Dalai Lama. Eventually, Rosco turned his attention to breaking the Australian and world land speed records, a goal he set himself at age 12. In 1994 he beat Donald Campbell’s Australian land speed record.
You won’t be able to put “ROSCO The Fastest Aussie on Earth” down. This book is an incredibly inspiring, moving and motivational true story of guts, grit, and determination. Quitting is not in this man’s vocabulary.
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I was never one of these people who was born to be a writer. Then suddenly (well, not actually suddenly – 50 years later), I had a chance to write a friend’s memoir and thought I would give it a go. WOW, who knew at 65 years of age, I was a writer. I found it one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done!
My book, ROSCO The Fastest Aussie on Earth, is about my friend Rosco McGlashan OAM. Rosco is a drag racing champion and holds the Australian land speed record. He is colourful character and has led an incredible life, which didn’t start too well, ending up in prison and solitary at 17 years of age. However he didn’t let this define his remarkable story.
I have been working with him to build the world’s fastest car, Aussie Invader 5R, in which Rosco hopes to break the world land speed record and achieve a 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h). I didn’t mention I was a petrol-head also, having started building hot rods and motorcycles at 15.
The land speed car build is a labour of love. I have worked on the Aussie Invader project for 15 years with Rosco and some of the world’s best mechanics, engineers and rocket scientists, who all give their time and expertise for free.