Legacy Drive

Paul Slavonik

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE DRAMA

    Core Theme

    OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    RUSH, DAYS OF THUNDER, RACING IN THE RAIN

    CHARACTER LIST

    • BILL WATSON: 28. LEAD. DRIVEN AND SERIOUS.

    • CHAD. BILL'S SON WHO ENDS UP PARALYZED FROM THE WAIST DOWN.

    • WILLIAM. BILL'S FATHER AND LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN RACE CAR DRIVER. MENTOR.

    • ABBEY, 20S. THE GIRL BILL WOULD END UP WITH.

    Logline

    As the son of an Australian motorsport legend, Bill Watson's life and family have just taken a devastating blow. Now living under the shadow of his father's legacy, Bill must overcome himself and his obstacles, all while racing at nearly 200mph.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal,Male Leaning

    Setting

    Austin, TX and Australia

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-published

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Bill Watson is a racing driver supported by his wife, Lena, and son, Chad. During Bill’s next race, the rain begins to fall and he makes a costly error. Driving home, the family is involved in an accident. Bill wakes up days later to realize Lena is dead and Chad is paralyzed from the waist down.

    Ending Description

    Battling at the track where his dad became a legend, Bill races against his rival for the win but ultimately finishes second at the Bathurst 1000. Bill earns the respect of his rival but, even greater, hears the words of his son who’s been mute ever since the accident.

    Group Specific

    Motorsports

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1-7330253-1-7

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy,Voyage and Return,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Bill Watson

    Age: 28

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Blunt,Badass,Charming,Confident,Faithful,Educated,Masculine,Modest,Selfless,Skillful,Underdog,Adventurous,Complex,Decisive,Empathetic,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Derek Renshaw

    Age: 28

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Crazy,Decisive,Greedy,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Masculine,Villainous,Blunt,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Outspoken

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Lena Watson

    Age: 28

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Engaging,Gracious,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Seductive,Honorable,Charming,Flexible,Modest

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Greg Foster

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Sophisticated,Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Modest

    Development Pitch

    As the son of an Australian motorsport legend, Bill Watson – a husband, father, American race car driver and business owner – is a man who values family and commitment. After a devastating accident claims his wife, cripples his son and leaves him with a dark secret, Bill’s dreams and aspirations take an unexpected turn which forces him and those he loves to face a multitude of unforeseen challenges. Seeing racing as the ultimate cause of this series of events, Bill abandons racing once and for all. Forced to make a difficult decision to ensure his son has the medical attention he now requires, Bill finds himself living in his father’s homeland of Australia. As fate would have it, Bill soon discovers that his father’s motorsport legacy will soon cast a foreboding shadow over the lives of him and his son, Chad. Unknowingly entering the world Australian motorsport, Bill makes acquaintances with a struggling racing team needing the star-power of the son of the great William Watson to bring them back to their feet. Now entered into the Bathurst 1000 – the annual race held on the infamous Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit and the race which launched his father into legendary status – Bill’s dark secret is ever present but ultimately becomes his reason and his ‘why’. Angered by a new rival but encouraged by a band of new friends, Bill most overcome himself and the obstacles in front of him if he’s to succeed – all while racing at nearly 200 mph. Rise to glory or fall to nothing.

    Brief

    As the son of an Australian motorsport legend, Bill Watson's life and family have just taken a devastating blow. Now living under the shadow of his father's legacy, Bill must overcome himself and his obstacles, all while racing at nearly 200mph.

    What We Liked

    - Fast cars;
    - Characters dealing with tragedy;
    - Fierce competition;
    - Attractive characters and designs;
    - Danger;
    - There's a lot of racing action and Bill is reluctantly pulled back into the sport
    despite several major tragedies in his life;
    - He has to do what matters the most for his family, which means driving at 200 mph.

    Synopsis

    A man with a cane walks with his grandson who asks him to tell him “the story.” BILL, 28, is a race car driver. On the way home from the track, his wife LENA gets them into a horrible accident. She dies, and their son CHAD is paralyzed from the waist down. He also stops talking. Bill gets an offer to live in Australia with GREG, who will help rehabilitate Chad for free. Bill and Chad move in with Greg. Bill, the son of Australian racing legend William, gets tempted to get back into racing. Bill has brain cancer and only a few years to live.

    NICK, ABBEY, RICHARD and TUBBS are his new friends. Nick is a fellow race car driver, Abbey becomes his love interest, Richard is the hard-ass head of the racing team and Tubbs is a huge man who puts Nick and Bill through grueling workouts to prepare them to drive in the biggest race in the world. Chad is happy his dad is racing again, although he still won’t speak. During the practice/qualifying laps on the track, the car is ruined. The race seems to be over for them. The next day, they have a nearly brand new car. Bill’s business partner and dad put in the money to fix the car and they’re back in the race.

    Nick and Bill will share the driving in the race. Bill’s nemesis, DEREK, plays mind games and is usually just ahead of them in the race. Bill navigates the dangerous and hard turns on the infamous track with great skill - but misses winning by a fraction of a second. Derek is the winner but Bill’s team are happy and consider it a victory nonetheless. Chad finally speaks. Bill dies from cancer in a couple years and Chad becomes a race car driver and tells his grandson all about his father.

    About The Author

    Paul Slavonik is a media production specialist who has written for publications on motorsports. He has a bachelor's degree in audio production and lives in Texas.