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The car world is full of fascinating characters, but few have a story to tell quite as remarkable and inspirational as Tom Hartley.

Walking out of school at the age of 11, unable to read or write, Hartley set up his own business buying and selling cars. From that moment on, he defied logic and ripped up the rule book on his way to the top. Today, he runs one of the most successful independent, family-run luxury, performance, and classic car businesses in the world, and has built up an unrivalled reputation as "The Dealmaker". 

Tom has been at the top for over 40 years, survived and thrived through four recessions, and overcome three life-threatening illnesses. In his own brutally honest words, Hartley tells his gripping story of a boy from a traditional Romany family who swapped the classroom for the cutthroat world of Glasgow's car auctions, buying and selling his first car at the age of 12. Having decided to drive himself around illegally, he was only 15 when he had his first car crash, and they don’t come more spectacular than writing off a Ferrari Dino - nothing has ever been normal in the world of Tom Hartley! 

Hartley had made his first million by the age of 17, but soon suffered major setbacks as his business went bust, and he found himself at risk of losing his sight without major surgery. Hartley started all over again, living in a mobile home with his wife and working from the back of a car. He had gone from hero to zero, but his burning desire to be the best saw him climb his way back to the top. His ability to clinch deals in some of the most bizarre places has become legendary, like buying a car in a sauna while stuck in a traffic jam on a motorway and even in a swimming pool!

This is not just a book for car enthusiasts, but for anyone who has dared to dream. It’s a story that will inspire and motivate and proves you can make the wildest dream come true if you want it badly enough.

©2020 Veloce Publishing Ltd. (P)2020 Veloce Publishing Ltd.

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Amazing story, motivated me to want more and work harder

Working in the motor trade myself it was completely resonated with me the buzz and how much this could be me in the future. From a young age seeing how Tom overcome so much to have what he has today. Motivated me and added a goal of buying a car from him or Carl from the showroom. The real deal maker has an amazing story and I loved every moment of listening to the book. Currently listening to it again because was so much to take away from it.

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VERY POOR

I do not usually write reviews but feel I should save people from wasting their money and wish I had read the other reviews before I wasted mine.

All I can say is if you want to listen to someone to tell you how great they are and how their Wife met Stevie Wonder then this is the book for you, I then thought I would Google Tom Hartley reviews after listening to how great he is and how perfect he runs his business well the reviews tell a different story.

Saying all this you cannot take it away from him he's been incredibly successful.

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The book is full of energy and focus

A must read if you are determined to succeed in business or achieve your goals in whatever you choose to do. I would suggest this is a book to re read when something sets you back; it will keep you focused and pick you up.

Tom’s story also proves a key point few are prepared to recognise: there are children who dream of success and can achieve it. All too often adults around them say they are too young and these youngsters never realise their dreams. That’s a loss to our society.

For this reason I sincerely wish a great many young people around the world find this book, read it, be inspired by it and make the world a better place by pursuing their dreams.

Thank you Tom for sharing your story.

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Great energy

Tom Hartley love him or loath him is one of the most successful sports car dealers this country has ever seen . He sets the bar high for the rest of us .As a fellow vehicle dealer he is fearless and listens to no one , the audiobook is way better than the print version! A great story hats off Tom ! My goal for 2021 is to buy a Ferrari 488 from the Derbyshire legend ...