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The Great Race is a Step Into Reading book.
Bertie wants to race and Thomas happily takes up the challenge. Bertie takes an early lead, but a patient Thomas proves there are advantages to riding on tracks instead of roads.
- This book is based on the first series episode, Thomas and Bertie.
- This book was narrated by Michael Brandon on the DVD, Hooray for Thomas and Other Adventures and Robin Smith on the DVD, Thomas' Halloween Adventures.
- In one illustration, Thomas' coupling rods are missing and Bertie is missing his eyebrows.
- In the last illustration, the signal does not have a lamp.
- On the front cover of the book, Bertie's radiator is a light silver colour, but in the book itself, it is a darker grey.