“When you’re a road haulage driver taking cargo from country to country you need more than the ability to handle a truck, change a wheel and eat greasy food. You must have the patience to work long hours, stay away from home for weeks or months at a time, be as flexible as a rubber band, have the wherewithal to cope with the unexpected and suffer the arrogance, belligerence and stress that comes with the job – all alone and unsupervised.”
Told in a light-hearted but down to earth manner, Only Fools and Horsepower is a true account of working life on the road as an international truck driver. It describes the nuts and bolts of daily life for the people employed to haul commercial goods between countries on two continents.
The drivers and their lives and well-being are constantly affected by petty bureaucracy, politics, corruption, crime and violence, extremes of weather, natural and man-made disasters – even revolutions and war.
Starting in 1985 and ending at the beginning of the Gulf War in 1990, these are stories of a demanding way of life during the time of the Chernobyl disaster, the break-up of Yugoslavia, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Romanian revolution and the final collapse of Soviet Communism – including the chaos and lawlessness brought about by these events.