The Best of Drives 2 is a compilation of nearly 80 first-hand stories that capture the freedom, fun, adventure and exhilaration of driving a cracking car on some of the world’s awesome roads and racing circuits – and tells of a host of eclectic experiences such pursuit invariably brings.

Think Buttertubs Pass (UK), Mulholland Highway and Route 66 (USA), Crown Range Road (NZ), Les Corniche (France), Sa Calobra (Spain), Susten, Furka and Grimsel passes (Switzerland), Australia’s Great Ocean Road and many, many more. Ripper racing circuits include Thruxton (UK), Yas Marina (UAE), Zandvoort (Netherlands), Mt Panorama and Phillip Island. Cars? Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Morgan, Porsche, et al.

Meld machinery like this with such epic strips of blacktop and you indeed have the best of drives.

But it’s not all about megabuck supercars. Across the 176 pages, you will read also of hot hatches, rorty roadsters, sports sedans, super saloons, charismatic classics and full-on race cars. Most new, others not-so; many pristine, a few well-used; but all characterful and memorable.