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The History of America’s Speedways Past and Present, 4th edition (2017)

A History of Auto Racing
in New England


National Speedway

Portland International Speedway
NASCAR Library Edition

Stockton Speedway
NASCAR Library Edition

Speedway – Auto Racing’s
Ghost Tracks

Lost Race Tracks

Dirt Track Auto Racing:
A Pictorial History

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Price: $29.95

The History of America’s Speedways Past and Present, 4th edition (2017)

by Allan E. Brown

The new edition of the History of America’s Speedway, Past & Present is now available. This 900-page, library-quality hard cover book is one of the most unusual books available, and an invaluable resource for researchers and history buffs.

The new edition lists information on over 9,000 auto racing facilities, including oval tracks, dragstrips and road courses. It’s been 14 years since the popular book was lasted updated. The 2017 edition lists 1,000 more tracks than the 2003 edition.

The book includes the years each track operated, the various sizes, as well of the various names that each facility operated as. Tidbits about some of the tracks are included, along with over 700 photos spread throughout and articles on the various types of tracks and types of race cars covered.

Hard cover, 900 pages.

Price: -
2016 Directory is out of print.
A 2018 version will be
available in May

National Speedway Directory 2016

Since 1975, the National Speedway Directory has been the most respected directory of race tracks in the United States and Canada.

Let this be your source for race tracks, sanctions, media and other motorsports websites.

The pocket-sized 592-page book lists more than 1300 tracks, 300+ sanctions and a 2015 Race Calendar and is one of the handiest tools in auto racing.

The information includes phone numbers, web pages, nights of operation, etc. for oval tracks, drag strips and road courses.


Price: $34.95

A History of Auto Racing in New England

- A Project of the North East Motor Sports Museum

There has never been a book like this one, a carefully researched and written biography of automobile racing in New England.

A History of Auto Racing in New England celebrates the colorful past of racing cars in the six states on road courses, up mountains, along the ocean’s beaches, around dirt and paved ovals, and down strips of concrete and asphalt.

More than the cars, we have focused on the people who drove them and those who created the stages on which the drivers exhibited their courage and their skill. The early races that make up much of the book were profoundly dangerous; participation required abnormal courage. As we celebrate the winners, we mourn with the families and friends of those who paid racing’s ultimate price.

A few have become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams through New England racing. The majority have participated for the love of going fast, the joy of turning wrenches while looking for more speed or better handling or to hear the cheers of the crowd following a winning Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.

Go inside this book’s covers to discover how racing in New England has made so many lives more thrilling and fulfilling – and in ways that could never happen again.

Proceeds benefit NEMSM.

Hard cover, 400+ B&W photos, 304 pages.

Price: $21.95


by Brenda Magee
with foreword by Michael Andretti

Speed has always been the Milwaukee Mile’s hallmark, and the one-mile oval track has given race fans and drivers thrills, chills, and memories for 130 years. “The Mile,” once a proving ground for the latest in mechanical engineering, has seen it all: from harness racing to endurance races, NASCAR, Midgets, Sprints, and Indy open wheel.

The checkered flag has waved at the Mile for greats such as Barney Oldfield, Rex Mays, Al Unser, and Mario Andretti, as well as a newer generation of drivers, including Dale Jarrett, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, and Will Power.

The infield saw its share of action, too, including circus acts under the big top and Green Bay Packers games.

Soft cover, 180 images, 128 pages.

Price: $21.95

Portland International Speedway
NASCAR Library Edition

by Jeff Zurschmeide

In the months following Pearl Harbor, an area of swampy land north of Portland, Oregon, was transformed into shipyard housing, and within six months, Vanport became the fifth-largest city in Oregon. But in 1948, the Columbia River levees burst, and the entire town was washed away.

When the waters receded, only the streets of the town remained. Throughout the 1950s, these streets were known for clandestine racing. In the spring of 1961, the Portland Rose Festival Association and Cascade Sports Car Club decided to hold a sports car race on the old blacktop. The Rose Cup races established the viability of West Delta Park as a road racing circuit.

Over time, the track was improved and extended by the local racing community, and its name soon changed to Portland International Raceway (PIR). What followed was the development of the only major road racing circuit located inside the borders of a major American city.

Trans-Am, IMSA, CART, Champ Car, ALMS, and, of course, NASCAR have all raced at PIR, and the Rose Cup is going strong into its sixth decade.

Soft cover, 128 pages.

Price: $21.95

Stockton Speedway
NASCAR Library Edition

by Bill Poindexter

Fans have seen it all in 64 years of racing at Stockton 99 Speedway. The quarter-mile bullring on the east side of this rowdy port city in Northern California has been the site for 44 divisions of racing, from the Jalopy division of the 1950s to the all-time quickest lap in speedway history, which was wheeled by Johnny Brazil, a legendary local lead foot whose hot laps in a Super Modified fire breather on the night of June 1, 1985, left a normally boisterous gathering hypnotized in jaw-dropping silence as the scoreboard logged quick time after quick time, finally dipping under 12 seconds before bottoming out at 11.899.

Stockton 99 has served as a stepping stone for future Daytona 500 champions (Ernie Irvan) and as a Saturday-night getaway for local hot shoes who saved their pennies just to keep their rods running for the one thing they loved to do on a Saturday night: race.

The old track flat-lined in 2006—at the age of 60, stricken by development—but was shocked back to life in 2009 and again is hosting races in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Soft cover, 128 pages.

Price: $69.95

Speedway – Auto Racing’s
Ghost Tracks

by S.S. Collins and Gavin D. Ireland

Around the world lie a number of long-forgotten raceways; windswept and abandoned, the derelict pit roads and crumbling concrete are all that remains of once great race tracks. From the NASCAR heartland of North Wilkesboro and Middle Georgia to the great European super speedways at Monza and Brooklands.

All photographed as they are now, but remembered in their prime. Gorgeous full-page color and black and white photos.

Hardbound coffee table book, 176 pages.

Price: $36.95

Lost Race Tracks

By Gordon Eliot White

The stories of more than 100 Twentieth Century race tracks that once held the exciting races of yesteryear. The Board tracks, the concrete speedways, the dirt bullrings, the beach course at Daytona, the Vanderbilt Cup courses-the asphalt ovals where midgets ran at mid-century that are now dark and silent. Photos, maps and descriptions of these long ago race tracks, some that we remember, some that existed only briefly, some that disappeared only yesteryear.

Gordon Eliot White has also authored the books, Kurtis-Kraft, Masterworks of Speed and Style, Offenhauser, The Ledendary American Racing Engine and the Men Who Built It, and The Indianapolis Racing Cars of Frank Kurtis, 1940-1936.

Soft cover, 128 pages, 10 1/4" by 8 1/2"
Black & white photos

Price: $45.00

Dirt Track Auto Racing:
1919-1941, A Pictorial History

by Don Radbruch

Prior to World War I, auto racing featured expensive machines and teams financed by auto factories. The teams toured the country, and most of the races were held in large cities, so the vast majority of Americans never saw a race.

All this changed after World War I, though, and in the 1920s and 1930s there were approximately 1,000 dirt tracks in the United States and Canada. The dirt tracks offered small-time racing—little prize money and minimal publicity—but people loved it.

This pictorial history documents dirt track racing, with what is today called sprint cars, around the United States from 1919 to 1941. Information on dirt track racing in Canada during this time is also provided. Regionally divided chapters detail the drivers, tracks, and specific races of each area of the country.

Tracks included well known facilities as well as out-of-the-way sites few people had ever heard of.
Softcover, 7” x 10”, 330 pages,
605 photographs