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The Corvette Hunter:
Kevin Mackay's Greatest Corvette Finds
Finding, documenting, restoring, and selling rare and
valuable Corvettes is one of Mackay's specialties. His business,
Corvette Repair Inc., is considered the premier Corvette restoration
facility in the country.
Mackay tells story after story of
finding and restoring valuable Corvettes such as the 1960 Briggs
Cunningham Le Mans racer that took 1st in class. He also tells
stories of Steve McQueen's 1966 Corvette, the 1967 Bounty Hunter
racer, 1968 Sunray DX #2 and #3, and chassis #003 from 1953.
If you like L88 Corvettes, no one has bought and restored more
of them than Kevin Mackay.
Few authorities in the hobby
could be counted on to provide this much entertainment in a single
Hard cover, 224 pages with B&W & color photos.
Steward of the Sport
By Gordon Kirby
Celebrated author Gordon Kirby traces the long and significant life
of Wally Dallenbach, whose contributions to the sport of automobile
racing as a driver, official, and all-around good guy, have been
enormous over the 50 years of his remarkable career.
pages, with 140 B&W and color photos.
The Star-Crossed Story of an
American Racing Family
by Lew Boyd
Dick Tobias, legendary Pennsylvania racer, could drive
anything. He won over 300 events in Modifieds and Sprinters, became
one of USAC’s ten most popular competitors, built over 1,000 race
cars, and was dad to a devoted family, including sons Ronnie, Scott,
Richie, and son-in-law Paul Lotier, all top-notch racers in their
Fate, however, would test the Tobiases to the
core with a serial string of unthinkable misfortunes.
is the story of their resilience and survival and how “Toby” remains
one the most admired names in American racing.
192 pp., 150 color & B&W photos.
Show on Dirt:
The Definitive History of the NDRA 1978-1985
by Greg Fielden
historian Greg Fielden has combined a massive
amount of research with his own extensive personal recollections and
huge store of photographs to produce a comprehensive record of “The
Greatest Show on Dirt,” Robert Smawley’s National Dirt Racing
Association – America’s first high-dollar touring series for
the dirt slingers.
Fielden, who was often at the those races, and often in the control
tower, has detailed every event, with photos of all the stars of the
day, complete rundowns for each race, and top 24 in points for each
year along with money winnings.
The book brings back
memories of iconic drivers like Buck Simmons, Larry Moore, Mike
Duvall, Leon Archer, Rodney Combs, Jeff Purvis, and many more.
Soft cover, color and B&W photos, 204 pp.
TALES FROM A TOP FUEL DRAGSTER:
A Collection of the Greatest Drag Racing
by Shirley Muldowney with Bill Stephens
Shirley Muldowney not only broke the gender barrier
in the National Hot Rod Association in the 1970s, but she also
completely rewrote the record books in Top Fuel Eliminator, drag
racing’s quickest and fastest category. She was the first woman to
receive a Top Fuel license from the NHRA. Between 1977 and 1982,
Muldowney won three NHRA Top Fuel championships—the first female
ever to win a title in any professional motorsport. She won the
prestigious NHRA US Nationals in 1982 and was recently inducted into
the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. By the time she retired
at the end of the 2003 season, Muldowney had become one of the most
recognized and celebrated race car drivers in history.
Tales from a Top-Fuel Dragster
is an unabashed collection of stories, anecdotes, and opinions in
Muldowney’s own unvarnished style of storytelling, laced with her
straightforward, take-no-prisoners approach. She has spent her
entire lifetime telling it like it is, standing up to the
establishment, and refusing to do anything other than in her own
way. Politically correct? Hardly. Readers are encouraged to strap
themselves in when she shares her many tales. It’s the whole truth
and nothing but the truth according to the legendary Shirley
Hard cover, 192 pp.
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Story of Page Jones
A feature-length documentary about Page
Jones – former race car driver and son of the legendary Parnelli
Jones – and his remarkable and continuing recovery from a severe
traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The film shows the early Page,
as he stormed the Midget circuits and looked to be another Parnelli
in the making.
A terrible accident caused a near-fatal brain
injury, from which few recover. This is the inspiring record of his
– and his dedicated family’s – fight to recovery, health, and
contribution to brain injury research.
The documentary shows
in detail his wrenching efforts to overcome and live with the
results of his injury, while advocating for access to long-term
rehabilitation for others with similar injuries. Page is living
proof that with support, quality lives are within reach.
Anyone who has met this warm, funny, and committed gentleman will
know who won this particular race.
1 hour run time.
WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: Where the
Big Ones Run!
by Joe Verdegan
Wisconsin International Raceway’s famous tagline is an
accurate description for the generations of big-name drivers who
have honed their skills on the Kaukauna racetrack. WIR has been the
Wisconsin racing destination for more than half a century for local
hotshots like Terry Baldry, Scott Hansen, and Lowell Bennett, as
well as NASCAR stars Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Alan Kulwicki, and
Dick Trickle among others.
Joe Verdegan shares interviews
and classic photos to introduce the colorful characters and
off-track stories that are part of WIR’s lore.
214 pages, color and B&W photos.
LIFE IN THE PAST LANE: A History of Stock Car Racing in
Northeast Wisconsin from 1950-1980
by Joe Verdegan
The heyday of the northeast Wisconsin
auto-racing scene featured grandstands packed with fans eager to
cheer their heroes and jeer the villains. It was an era in which
drivers often used junkyard parts to build their rides, and cars
might trade hands over a card game.
Author Joe Verdegan
introduces you to the characters and behind-the-scenes stories that
played out at tracks throughout the region. Sit in on interview with
the drivers, promoters and car builders who made racing the hottest
ticket in town.
Soft cover, 224 pages, color and B&W photos.
LIFE IN THE
PAST LANE: The Next Generation
Verdegan has had a front-row seat to the stories, people and
politics that have captured the attention of northeast Wisconsin
auto-racing fans for decades.
As the region’s recognized
racing historian, Verdegan provides an expert’s perspective on the
people and events that defined a turbulent era from roughly 1980 to
Verdegan presents the driver rivalries, family
connections, and passionate dedication to the sport displayed by
track owners and promoters in this follow-up to his earlier LIFE
IN THE PAST LANE: A History of Stock Car Racing in Northeast
Wisconsin from 1950-1980.
Soft cover, 222 pages, color
and B&W photos.
THE SAGA OF ROTTEN RED
by Paul Weisel Jr.
Rookie of the
Year at Indianapolis in 1957and well known asthe designer and builder of 100s of iconic sports cars, circle track
and Indy entries, Don Edmunds’ fascinating story goes back to his
own days racing roadsters, jalopies and Midgets, and forward to his
restoration of important race cars, building impressive scale
models, a South African Supermodified junket, involvement with the
Evel Knievel Sky Cycle, and more.
Soft cover, 182 pp., 200+
Autographed Collector’s Edition with additional
By Dave Argabright
Hewitt remains one of the most memorable characters in modern
motorsports. His autobiography is finally back in print after the
original printing sold out long ago.
Updated with two new chapters and an
additional gallery of photos, Hewitt’s Law continues to entertain
spectacular career took him from
extremely humble roots to
the Indianapolis 500 to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
cover, 336 pp. 64 pp. of color and B&W photos.
Danny McKeever and the Mind
Game of Going Fast
by Tom Madigan with Andrew Layton
Drive into the life of Danny
of America’s top driving instructors
for over 40 years and the chief instructor for the Toyota
Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix at Long Beach from 1985 to 2016.
Packed with pro driving tips, tongue-in-cheek humor, and inside
stories featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
(A portion of proceeds will be donated
to the Page Jones Foundation for brain injury research.)
cover, 172 pp., 100+ photos.
Dick Wallen's Racing Classics -
SHORT TRACK LEGENDS
Features exciting race footage from 1952 through 2005.
Highlights of over 40 open wheel races, including Hoosier 100,
Sacramento, Du Quoin, Phoenix, Terre Haute, Ascot, El Centro,
Bakersfield, Salem, Tucson, 16th Street, and many more. Interviews
with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Rich Vogler, Billy
Vukovich III, and Rodger Ward.
Girl Main Character
Boy Main Character
by James P.
Author and local businessman
Jim Desrosiers was greatly impacted by the auto-racing success of
He wrote a children’s book to pay tribute to
his childhood role model and share what he learned from Ron: that no
matter where you’re from or what your past has been, if you believe
in yourself, set goals, and never give up…then almost anything IS
Available in two versions,
with boy or girl main
Soft cover, 40 pp.
until Spring 2018
A Jimmy Wilson Racing Adventure
the Jimmy Wilson fictional series based on the USAC Sprint Car
trail of the 1970s.
Hard cover, 336 pages.
Today’s Sprint Kings,
by Gerald Hodges
driver chapters including: The Saga of Tony Stewart, Kenny Adams
"The Malabar Missile", Lance Dewease, Jerrod Hull, Parker
Price-Miller, Dave Steele, "Bullet" Bryan Clauson, David Gravel,
Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson, Logan Schuchart, Jac Haudenschild, and
Ted Johnson and his World of Outlaws.
Soft cover, 284 pages, 138 B&W photos and
Today’s Sprint Kings,
by Gerald Hodges
Features 16 of today's greatest sprint car drivers: Donny Schatz,
Greg Hodnett, Brady Bacon, Johnny Herrera, Terry McCarl, Jason
Meyers, Stevie Smith, Kasey Kahne Racing, Brad Sweet, Dave Darland,
Brent Marks, Chad Kemenah, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Daryn
Pittman, Cody Darrah, and the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Cover, 284 pages, 132 B&W photos.
- Memories of the
A look back at the life of chassis
designer, engine builder & body fabricator and legendary race car
driver Dick Trickle.
Award-winning motorsports journalist
Bill Holland conducted a series of interviews with Trickle between
1998 and 2012, which forms the foundation of this DVD.
DVD includes CWRA, ASA, ARTGO, ARCA, All Pro, IMCA, USAC and NASCAR
The man lived and breathed racing and made friends
wherever he went. The full story of the winningest stock car driver
in American history.
(Sales benefit the Dick Trickle
Color, 67 min. V-1576: $24.95
DEUCE – The
Original Hot Rod; 32 x32
by Mike Chase
Ford's classic '32, equipped with a behemoth engine
and modified for speed is everything a hot rod should be.
They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore. We're talking about
the car that launched the hot rod subculture: Ford's 1932 Deuce.
With its stylish lines, timeless grille, and flowing fenders, Ford's
Deuce coupe pretty much defines the term "hot rod." The breadth of
creativity this classic design has inspired for generations of hot
rod builders is on full display in Deuce.
Ford's '32 was an
immediate hit. By 1931, the Model A was obsolete in a marketplace
where drivers wanted more style and power. The design goals for the
'32 Ford could be summarized as "more": more cylinders, more
horsepower, and more style. The resulting car achieved its
objectives and then some. It was faster, more comfortable, more
refined - a masterpiece of industrial design, yet still affordable.
Henry Ford and his design team got it right.
As the Deuce
transitioned to the used car market, it drew the attention of those
with a need for speed. Stripped down with an emphasis on
performance, the Deuce became the bedrock of the burgeoning hot rod
movement. To this day, it very much defines what a hot rod should
look like. Hotrodders took Henry's master stroke to a whole other
place, and Deuce stands as a tribute to their ongoing ingenuity.
Gorgeous hard cover coffee table book, 224 pages, 200 color
WE ARE DIRT
Feature-length documentary film on dirt track racing, with
competitors ranging from longtime veterans like Danny Lasoski and
gritty Harli White to NASCAR superstars like Kyle Larson. They share
their passion in an inspiring celebration of the dirt track racing
As told by drivers, crews, and fans, the story
weaves its way through generations of racers from Sprint Cars, late
models, flat track motorcycles and beyond.
Color, 1:41 min.
150 - RACE TO WIN
fourth day of qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1960,
a relatively unknown rookie driver by the name of Jim Hurtubise
nearly eclipsed the magic 150 MPH barrier, setting new one- and
four-lap records in the process. 1961 was greeted with much
anticipation as the year that marker would fall. While Tony
Bettenhausen and other drivers flirted with it, the barrier would
stand for yet another year.
So, the question for 1962 was,
who would win the race to 150? And who would win the 500?
Would Hurtubise find past glory and do it? Could it be defending
champion A.J. Foyt, 1959 winner Rodger Ward or perhaps a driver yet
to find fame at the Speedway?
Race to 150 – Race to Win
brings you 1 hour and 29 minutes of all the action and suspense from
practice, qualifying and the race during the spectacular month of
May in 1962.
Watch A.J. Foyt, Rodger Ward, Jim Rathmann,
Troy Ruttman, Eddie Sachs, Parnelli Jones, Jim Hurtubise, Bobby
Marshman, Dan Gurney and others Race to 150 - Race to Win!
Color, 89 min.
BACK IN PRINT
COOL CARS SQUARE ROLL BARS
Photos and Recollections of Fifties Hotrodding in New England
edited by Bernie Shuman
Reprinted courtesy of Mr. Shuman and the North East Motor Sports
Museum, this is the authoritative history of hotrodding in New
England in the 1950s.
Chock full of old-time coupes,
roadsters, and dragsters – any early race or hot rod fan will
appreciate the timeless beauty of these cars, whether they were
built to race straight or on ovals.
100s of B&W photos and a
Soft cover, 240 pp.
with Mike Ondish
love outrun a fast car? A former speed demon and rumrunner, now an
aging mechanic in a sleepy Catskill Mountains town, risks it all –
his health, his security, even the love of his life when he vows to
restore and race the prized car of his wild youth, a 1968 Ford
Mustang that s been hidden away for 35 years.
self-described old man in an old car, Mike Ondish wants to chase
racing glory one last time, hoping to rekindle the spark in his
relationship, and rediscover the thrill of a fast car and the
But will his quest to restore the car, bolt
by bolt, as a tribute to Carroll Shelby (the racing legend who gave
the Mustang its muscle) restore him? Or will a love triangle between
Mike, his girlfriend Martha and the Demon lead him to crash and
Featuring interviews with the legendary Carroll Shelby
and Ford’s chief Mustang enthusiast John Clor.
DALE vs DAYTONA: The Intimidator’s
Quest to Win the Great American Race
by Rick Houston
Dale Earnhardt and Daytona International Speedway remain two of the
most iconic names in the history of NASCAR, and are inevitably
connected when either name is mentioned. Earnhardt's failed attempts
to win the race have become folklore; each year brought its own
unique set of circumstances for why he hadn't yet raised the Harley
J. Earl Trophy.
Dale Earnhardt's resume heading into the 1998 Daytona 500 read as
follows: 7 NASCAR Championships, 70 Winston Cup wins, and 30 wins at
Daytona International Speedway. So what was left for Dale to
accomplish at Daytona? Win the Daytona 500! Author Rick Houston
examines every Daytona 500 in which Dale competed from 1979 to 2001
with fresh interviews from crew chiefs Doug Richert, Kirk
Shelmerdine, Andy Petree, Bobby Hutchens, Larry McReynolds, and
Kevin Hamlin. Competitors, rivals, crewmembers, and friends
(including Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, Geoff
Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Greg Moore,
Derrike Cope, and Junior Johnson) also offer their thoughts and
recollections in this thrilling year-by-year recap of the
Intimidator's efforts to win the Great American Race.
Never before have Dale's attempts to win the Daytona 500 been
chronicled in one publication with this amount of detail and under
such intense scrutiny. From the Dale and Dale show, to the seagull,
to the last-lap heartaches, you ride shotgun with Rick Houston as he
takes you around-and-around in Dale vs Daytona:
The Intimidator's Quest to Conquer the Great American Race.
Hard cover, 240 pp., 113 color & B&W photos.
Speedway Maine: 100 Years of Short
Track Racing in Maine
A documentary film by
Speedway Maine tells the story of more than 100
years of short-track auto racing in Maine and illustrates the
character of the Maine race drivers who raced on dirt in the 1940s
and 50s, as well as second- and third-generation drivers who are
Speedway Maine features current
footage from around the state, and also showcases scarcely seen
footage and photos from the 1940s through the 90s.
includes interviews with Mike Rowe, Andy Santerre, Ralph Cusack,
Dale Chadbourne, Pete Silva, Kyle Treadwell, Wyatt Alexander, and
many more. They not only shed light on the dedication and skill
required to drive a race car, but also illustrate the family
foundation and heritage that Maine racing is built upon; all the
while, uncovering the purely addictive qualities of short-track
1 hour, 45 min.
LOST ROAD COURSES
by Martin Rudow
Road racing has long-storied roots
in North America that reach from coast to coast and to Canada. Some
of the greatest drivers to ever compete raced wickedly fast
machines, staged epic duels on winding strips of asphalt, and
created history. This history left an enduring legacy that is
revealed and celebrated in Lost Road Courses. Road racer and road
racing expert Martin Rudow retraces road racing's glorious past and
visits the defunct classic road courses across the United States and
Many road courses were built in the 1950s and 1960s,
the golden age of American road racing. These classic road courses
built and hosted famous races for Trans-Am, Can-Am, IndyCar, Formula
1, and sports car racing, but did not survive the times. They fell
victim to changing times, poor business decisions, urban sprawl,
safety standards, and increasing real estate prices. Rudow recounts
the breathtaking races and fascinating history of more than 16
tracks from around North America. Riverside International Raceway,
Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Ontario Motor Speedway, Continental
Divide Raceway, and many others were once major race venues that
have since closed. The great race teams, legendary drivers, classic
race series that visited the tracks, and cars that turned laps are
brought into full focus. The exploits of Chaparral, McLaren, Bud
Moore, Lotus, Penske, and other race teams as well as racing greats
Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jim Hall, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jim
Clark, and Dan Gurney are covered. Rudow also digs beneath the
surface to reveal the story behind the story. The visionaries and
businessmen who saw potential and risked capital to build these
palaces of speed come back to life. He also recognizes the unsung
heroes and regional racers who competed, staffed, and took on
various roles at these tracks.
In the pages of this book, a
nostalgic tour of these famous races at these vintage road circuits
unfolds. Many period photos illustrate the racing action and the
tracks themselves in their former glory, and modern color shows the
tracks as they currently stand. If you're a fan of classic sports
car, Can-Am, Trans-Am, IndyCar, Formula 1, as well as classic and
unique tracks of yesteryear, this book is a must-have.
cover, 176 pages, 177 Color and 181 B&W photos.
Williamson, Sprint Car Legend
Foreword by Ken Schrader
Car Hall of Famer Kramer Williamson began his 45–year career as a
grassroots racer from Pennsylvania and became one of the most
successful and beloved professional drivers of all time.
on interviews with those who knew him best, this first-ever
biography of Williamson covers his life and career, from his humble
beginnings racing the legendary #73 Pink Panther car in 1968 to his
fatal crash during qualifying rounds at Lincoln Speedway in 2013.
Soft cover, 212 pages, 73
PINE: The Authorized Biography of Jim Shampine,
the Greatest Open Wheel Short Tracker of All Time
Fusco with George Caruso Jr.
We’re very pleased to announce that, with permission from the
Fusco family and George Caruso, Coastal 181 has reprinted this
classic book, without changes except that the new edition has been
scanned and does not include the original pull-out engineering
Out of print for years, this is the much-requested
story of Supermodified hero Jim Shampine and follows him from his
earliest days in racing to his shocking death on September 4, 1982
The narrative includes sidebars with personal
views on Jimmy by such notables as Bentley Warren, Geoff Bodine,
Doug Hevron, and Nolan Swift among others.
Soft cover, 132
Wisconsin: An Illustrated Year-by-Year History of Midget Racing in
by Loren Olson
out-gunned their size. The mighty Midgets, smallest of oval-track
race cars, have been enormous in their contribution to American
early Depression years, they have fired up at hundreds of facilities
across the country – machines both humble and grand but always
captivatingly exciting and dangerous.
Loren Olson, himself a former Midget
driver and long-time race scorer, has been piecing together this
definitive Wisconsin Midget racing history for over 40 years.
racing summaries, photographs and stats from the entire state are
included, but Angell Park in Sun Prairie is the focal point, just as
it has been since 1938.
Soft cover, 200 pages, 55 B&W photos.
Mayhem: Drag Racing's Grudges, Rivalries, and Big-Money Showdowns
by Doug Boyce
Drag racing is a very regulated
sport. In the history of the NHRA, IHRA, and other sanctioning
bodies, many classes existed in an effort to ensure the cars racing
against each other were as equal as possible. The byproduct was that
often the races that were “fair” were not the races that fans wanted
During the golden age of drag racing, fans didn’t
care as much about class racing as much as they wanted to see scores
settled, rivalries battled, and interesting match-ups. There were
the manufacturer rivalries as well as numerous driver rivalries.
Match races were also a great way to feature wildly popular cars
that no longer had a class in which to compete. So popular and
intense were these races that many track promoters didn’t bother to
promote class racing at all, instead using the match races as
headliners to put more fans in the stands. And the drivers loved it
Veteran drag race author Doug Boyce tells the tale of
the history of match racing through the cars, the drivers, the
events, the classes, the rivalries, and everything else that was fun
about match racing during the golden era. It’s all here,
complemented by wonderful vintage photography provided by fans and
professionals in attendance.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 297 B&W
and color photos.
Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty
Vehicle Activity Program
by Charlie Henry
The story of Kar-Kraft began, as did many others in the
automotive industry, with an axe to grind. In 1963, Ford was
seriously interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary
brand with considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the
acquisition as a great way to be instantly successful in the racing
arena. When Enzo Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him
complete control of the racing program, he backed out of the deal
late in the process. Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits,
which then set in motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The
result was the unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
Kar-Kraft’s story doesn’t begin and end with the GT 40 that
took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford expanded upon the
program and organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars
were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition.
Street versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And
fabled prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, and
Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford’s contracted race shop. And then,
out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970.
Author Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the
help of many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first
book ever published on
special projects facility, Kar-Kraft.
Hard cover, 192 pages, 332 color and B&W photos.
Inside The Indy 500
by James McGuane
Race: Inside the Indy 500
examines in words and pictures this highly evolved auto-racing
spectacle, which is hosting the 101th running in 2017. Author James
McGuane spent 10 years working to capture the essence of the Indy
500 and create a “top-to-bottom” and “start-to-finish” look at this
The author has used both camera
and notepad to dive into the exclusive domain known as Gasoline
Alley. McGuane addresses topics including the painstaking
engineering of the cars; the high-stress training of the drivers;
and the split-second actions of the race-car teams to keep the
vehicles in meticulous condition. Indy’s past, present, and future
are all revealed here.
McGuane’s unrestricted access to
racing greats, both past and present, offers a dazzling view of the
racing life. He has developed and nurtured close contacts with
senior Indy officials, drivers, and others connected to the race.
Perfect for the avid motor-sports fan, this book includes interviews
with many racing favorites, from Al Unser, Sr. to Parnelli Jones,
Bobby Unser, and more.
280 pages, heavily illustrated with color photos.
The History of
America’s Speedways Past and Present, 4th edition (2017)
Allan E. Brown
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
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.
1001 NASCAR Facts:
Cars, Tracks, Milestones, Personalities
by John Close
NASCAR expert John Close covers 65 years of
American Motorsports history in an informative and entertaining new
Besides providing a wealth of fascinating racing
facts, this book also includes dozens of rare photos that take the
reader from the famous "Beach Course" at Daytona to the high banks
of today's NASCAR super speedways.
This new book is a
must-read for any NASCAR, Stock Car Racing, or American Motorsports
Soft cover, 376 pages, 125 black& white photos.
Just Call Me Rags: Rags
Carter’s Racing Life
by Alan Carter Jr.
Alan “Rags” Carter was a standout dirt-track driver who raced up and
down the East Coast from the late 1940s into the ’80s. Originally
from the Miami, Florida, area, he came north to race at the famed
dirt tracks in central Pennsylvania and beyond – Reading, Nazareth,
Kutztown, Middletown. He won consistently for car owners like Dick
Meals, Tony Ferraiulo, Ray Everett, and most famously for Harold
Cope in the #1 coupes and sedans.
Carter is credited with 45 Modified wins at the Nazareth half-mile,
where he won the Modified championship in 1965 and ’66; 33 features
at Middletown; 6 at Reading; and at least 100 across Florida.
Among other honors, he was inducted into the DIRT and EMPA Halls of
Rags’s son, Alan Jr., has compiled a loving memoir of traveling with
his dad, constantly on the road, as with so many racing families in
those days, sharing the joys and disappointments of a hardscrabble
life they wouldn’t have traded for any trophy.
96 pages, 67 B&W photos.
Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars
car era, and the era that immediately preceded it, form a unique
window in time, one that we will not likely see again. In post-war
USA, people wanted to move on from the horrors of conflict, to
embrace an era of peace, and to pursue, well, all sorts of things. A
whole generation was entering a new prosperity, with home ownership
on the rise, gainful employment increasing, the building of suburbs,
and a new interstate system connecting everyone. That all helped
increase our dependence upon, and in turn, deepen our love affair
with the automobile.
It started in the 1950s, when automakers
realized that if they made their cars more powerful than brand X and
won races on the weekends as well, sales would follow those
victories into the dealership. Not everybody was enamored with all
this new-found performance, however, and throughout the late 1950s
and early 1960s, a struggle developed between building faster
automobiles and appearing responsible and promoting the cause of
safety. This led to racing participation on an all-out corporate
level, followed by voluntary self-imposed and publicized bans,
back-door cheating on said bans, and then investing in performance
The byproducts of all this activity were some really
fascinating and exciting cars. It began with standard-chassis cars
growing bigger and including more powerful engines. Then they
graduated to being lighter, putting big engines into mid-size
chassis (muscle cars), and building race cars that barely resembled
anything on the street. Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and
Purpose-Built Muscle Cars follows the evolution of the fastest, most
powerful, and exciting vehicles of the era, in both drag racing and
NASCAR. From early Hudson Hornets, to the birth of the Hemi, to
aluminum and fiberglass panel sedans, to lightweight special-order
muscle cars ready to race from the factory.
Hard cover, 192
pages, 457 color photos.
1001 Mustang Facts: Covers all Mustangs 1964½ to Present
Author Steve Magnante is well known for his
encyclopedia-like knowledge of automotive facts. The details he
regularly shares, both in the pages of national magazines and as a
contributing host and tech expert at the popular Barrett-Jackson
Auctions on television, are the kinds of details that car fanatics
love to hear. Many feel that these facts are among the highlights of
television auction coverage, much more interesting than the final
Steve turns his attention
to the most popular car in history, the Ford Mustang. In more than
50 years, the Mustang has taken many turns, from the original pony
car, to variants that are best described as pure muscle cars, to the
misunderstood Mustang II, to the Fox-Body platform that revived the
brand, all the way to the modern Coyote-and Voodoo-powered
supercars. Magnante covers them all here, generation by generation,
so that Mustang fans of any generation are sure to love this
collection. Whether you’re an avid fan of all Mustangs, a trivia
buff who wants to stump your friends, or have a particular affinity
for a particular era of Mustangs, this book is an informative and
entertaining collection of facts from one of the industry’s most
beloved and respected sources.
Soft cover, 336 pages, 120
Black & white photos.
Buck Simmons: The Living Legend
by Gary L Parker
In the early 1960s a teenager by
the name of Charles Leroy Simmons began driving the water truck on
Saturdays at the Banks County (GA) Speedway.
A short while
later he began his journey, as a driver, into the dirt racing world.
Simmons raced jalopies, Modifieds, Supermodifieds, skeeters, and
Dirt Late Models to 1012 checkered flags.
In 2001 he was
inducted into the inaugural class of the National Dirt Late Model
Hall of Fame. The year 2003 saw him climb out of his famous #41 for
the last time. By then he was known to the dirt racing world as “The
Soft cover, 130 pages, 100 Black & white and
Timber on the
Moon: The Curtis Turner Story
by Dr. D.L Morris
This is a scanned reprint of an original copy of Dr. Morris’s
book on Turner.
The two were close friends, and it appears
that Doc was doing his best to shine a favorable light on his
hell-raising, women-chasing compadre.
That said, Turner was
undoubtedly one of the greatest drivers and most colorful characters
in the early NASCAR era, and for those interested in NASCAR history,
this long-out-of-print book is worth revisiting.
Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding
by Matt Stone
To tell the life story of Ed "Isky" Iskenderian
is to tell the history of hot rodding in America. This book tells
Isky’s whole story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club
activities, to his service in the military, starting a small
business fabricating parts and making cams in the back of a rented
shop, and then selling cams to other rodders. It covers how he grew
a business from a single cam grinder and became the leading cam
authority in barely 10 years.
Ed's company name went on to
become one of the household names in the performance community. His
continued success is an entertaining tale of mingling with industry
icons, insight into the business of hot rodding, great stories of
yesterday and today, and a life very well lived. You will enjoy the
stories recorded here as much as Ed "Isky" Iskenderian seems to
enjoy telling them.
Hard cover, 208
pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.
Cuba’s Car Culture: Celebrating the Island's Automotive Love Affair
by Tom Cotter
Welcome to Cuba's automotive
time capsule, filled with classic cars. The story of how Cuba came
to be trapped in automotive time is a fascinating one. For decades,
the island country had enjoyed healthy tourism trade and American
outpost status, and by the 1950s it had the highest per capita
automotive purchasing of any Latin American country. But when Cuba
fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the inflow of new cars.
Since then, trade embargo forced Cuba's car enthusiasts to develop a
unique and insular culture, one marked by great creativity, such as:
- Keeping a car alive with no opportunity to acquire replacement
- Customizing a car with no access to aftermarket parts
- Drag racing with no drag strip
In many ways, Cuba is in
an automotive time warp, where the newest car is a 1959 Chevy or
perhaps one of the Soviet Ladas. Cuba's Car Culture offers an inside
look at a unique car culture, populated with cars that have been cut
off from the world so long that they've morphed into something else
in the spirit of automotive survival. Authors Tom Cotter and Bill
Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of
Cuba's Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive,
beginning with Cuba's pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing
us up to today's lost collector cars, street racing, and the
challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is
illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as
contemporary photos of Cuba's current car scene. For anyone who
enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford
Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a
Hard cover, 192 pages, 160 color & 38 B&W
American Iron Magazine Presents 1001 Harley-Davidson Facts
When anyone thinks of
motorcycling, whether they are enthusiasts or only casually
interested, the name Harley-Davidson immediately comes to mind.
Harley-Davidson is among the oldest surviving motorcycle
manufacturers; the company began in 1903 and continues to this day.
Over the course of more than 100 years, the company has seen
prosperous times as well as lean times, changes in focus and
direction, evolution and revolution. All of that leads to a lot of
company history and trivia.
American Iron Magazine associate
editor Tyler Greenblatt has compiled 1,001 Harley-Davidson facts
into this single volume, with subjects ranging from the historic
powertrains to pop culture to Harley-Davidson as a company and
manufacturer. Facts begin with the early years, when a motorcycle
was not much more than a bicycle with an engine attached, to the war
efforts of World War I, when 15,000 were put into service. During
the 1920s, Harley-Davidson grew into the largest manufacturer in the
world, and that momentum helped carry it through the Great
Depression and into World War II. Postwar development and AMF
ownership are also covered in detail, as well as the restructuring
and revival of the brand in recent years.
Whether you're a casual
rider, racer, or restorer, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts will be sure
to find something in this book for that next conversation with
fellow hobbyists. This book will keep Harley-Davidson enthusiasts
entertained for hours, and is a great edition to any motorcycling
Soft cover, 368 pages, 106 B&W photos.
Legends of Watertown Speedway
published in 2003, this is another popular book that went out of
print and has been brought back to life, with a few changes (mostly
removing the advertising that was in the original edition).
The author has done an incredible amount of research, and the book
is crammed with stats, rosters, and original photography as well as
robust year-by-year reporting on racing action from 1956 through
Readers will find photos and information on colorful
wheelmen like Cliff “the Copper City Cowboy” Kotary, Frank Andre,
Neal “Terrible” Tooley, Gary Reddick, Woody van Order (killed at
Watertown in 1964), and “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie.
book is not a light read about personalities, rather a serious,
factual, double-column volume about a tremendous era in our sport.
Highly recommended for racing history buffs!
Soft cover, 162
pages, 360 B&W photos.
ROAD: A Photographic Journey of Open Wheel Racing, Carnivals, and
the Iconic Highways they Travel
by Tom Toutz
Travel along the Thunder Road with Ricoh and Tom, as they
documented the parallel worlds of open-wheel racing and carnivals.
"Ricoh" is Tom’s camera: an old version, no fancy
computerized stuff, just all manual settings with black and white
film. Black and white tells a stark and real story that color cannot
This unusual collection of Thunder Road photography
is a compilation of race life, carnivals, and an aging network of
highways and by-ways that he traveled through “the last golden era”,
the decade of the 1990s.
[Toutz is donating all profits from
the sale of this book to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.]
Soft cover, 204 pages.
An illustrated and documented
by Lew Boyd, Andy Fusco, and Jim Rigney
Written as part of the New York
track’s 50th birthday celebration in 2003, the book has close to 400
pages and 400 photographs covering all aspects of Fonda’s rich
Research involved discussions with hundreds of
key players from the past to the present, including detailed
interviews with figures such as Steve Danish, Bill Wimble, Richard
Petty, Jack Johnson, Brett Hearn, and Bobby Varin.
tales are told of notable races and interesting off-track
happenings. Appendices provide a compilation of racing records for
all major divisions.
This is the original edition, printed
in its entirety without corrections or updates.
CAGES ARE FOR MONKEYS
with Kevin Olson
Racing’s Zaniest Hall of Famer
Olson with Lew Boyd
Foreword by Tony Stewart
The laugh-out-loud memoir of one of America’s most accomplished
and enduring open-wheel racers–and without a doubt one of its
In a 50-year career, Kevin Olson has raced Midgets
all over the U.S. and famously Down Under, along the way winning
multiple USAC, BMARA and other championships. Inducted into both the
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and the USAC Hall of Fame
in recognition of his driving talent and success,
probably equally well known for his off-the-wall sense of humor and
non-stop pranks. Like Kevin, this book is candid, nostalgic, and
consistently outrageous. Give it to anyone who loves racing and
needs a smile to make their day.
Soft cover, 204 pages, 98
JEFF GORDON: His
Dream, Drive & Destiny
by Joe Garner
first-ever authorized biography of Jeff Gordon, the four-time
champion racing legend. For over a year, Garner interviewed and
observed Gordon at races, special events, and at home.
book is based on extensive interviews with Gordon – as well as
in-depth interviews with dozens of family members, friends,
competitors, and colleagues, some of whom have never gone on the
record before. Jeff speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about
his childhood, his much publicized divorce, those he competed
against, his family, and life after racing.
illustrated hard cover biography will allow privileged access to a
wealth of exclusive unseen and rare material from Gordon’s personal
photo and memorabilia collection. Gordon’s meteoric rise through
racing’s ranks is a classic American success story.
will find inspiration in Gordon’s candid take on his pivotal life
Hard cover, 192 pages, fully illustrated with
color and B&W photos and other illustrations. Will be released
October 18. Pre-order before October 15 for free shipping.
Remembering Dan Wheldon
by Andy Hallbery and Jeff Olson
high-quality new book paying tribute to the still greatly missed Dan
Wheldon by those who knew him. Written and produced by Andy Hallbery
and Jeff Olson, "Lionheart " is visually stunning 216-page book
chronicling Dan's remarkable story, as told by the people who knew
him best: his family, friends, teammates, crew members and fellow
Covering his career from karting all the way to being two-time
Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion, the book is
full of stories and memories, some funny, some touching but all
truly captivating. Featuring contributions from legendary names
within the IndyCar Series and beyond, including lifelong friend and
teammate Dario Franchitti, Formula One champion and childhood
karting rival Jenson Button, NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
Jimmie Johnson, and many more from across the motorsports world.
Proudly carrying on Dan's
legacy, this coffee-table book is fully supported by his family. A
portion of the proceeds goes to benefit two charities close the
British driver's heart – the Dan Wheldon Foundation, created to
continue the wide-reaching charitable work that Wheldon started, and
the Alzheimer's Association. Dan's wife Susie Wheldon said of the
project, "I want to say a huge 'thank you' to everybody involved for
their dedication to creating this book, and to everyone who
contributed, too. The response has been truly incredible. It shows
just how many people's lives Dan touched, and is a wonderful legacy
for our two boys, Sebastian and Oliver."
The book promises to be a “must-have”
for any race fan.
cover, 216 pages, color and B&W photos.
NASCAR's Greatest Race: The
1992 Hooters 500
by Rick Houston
Few races have captured the imagination of racing fans
as the 1992 Hooters 500 held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On November
15, 1992, the entire NASCAR racing community tuned in to watch as
six drivers strapped in for a chance to win the NASCAR Winston Cup.
And what a race it was. Heading into Atlanta, Davey Allison, Bill
Elliott, and Alan Kulwicki each had a real shot at winning the
championship. On the track, Allison was in and out of contention
until trouble found him, which left Elliott and Kulwicki to race for
the title in a nail-biting finale. And who could have imagined that
a young Jeff Gordon would take the handoff from Richard Petty on
Author Rick Houston has gathered new interviews
from Bill Elliott, Paul Andrews, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Gordon,
Richard Petty, Ray Evernham, Rick Mast, Brett Bodine, Kyle Petty,
and Tim Brewer. They all give fresh recollections and new
information on the events leading up to and including the 1992
With NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992
Hooters 500 you can relive one of the closest championship
contests in NASCAR history, while learning new details about how the
entire season culminated in a single lap to determine the title!
Hard cover, 224 pages, 93 color & 26 B&W photos
Dirt Track Mania
Dirt Track Mania was produced in 1990 by
photographer/videographer Mark Krammes. Snyder Video Productions has
added this title to its list of historic racing presentations.
This DVD features action-packed nostalgic racing dated 1988
through 1990 and takes you back to when Big Block Modifieds raced at
Nazareth and Flemington. It also features Small Block Modifieds at
Grandview, Big Diamond, and Penn National, plus the always exciting
410 Sprints in Central PA, with over 60 wild flips highlighting this
trip down memory lane. Includes a brief look at micro sprints in PA
& asphalt racing.
Tracks included are:Big Diamond,
Bridgeport, Clinton County, Clyde Martin, Delaware International,
East Windsor, Eldora, Evergreen, Flemington, Grandview, Linda’s,
Mahoning Valley, Nazareth, Penn National, Port Royal, Selinsgrove,
Silver Spring, Wall Stadium, and Williams Grove.
soundtrack, no narration.
1 hour, 35 min.
Red Farmer # F-97
Billy Meyers #4
Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could
By Gary L. Parker
Follows the career of racing standout,
Herb "Tootle" Estes of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Tootle was a
multi-talented driver who drove about every kind of race car with
four wheels. According to some, he won over 1200 races, including
between 300 and 400 in the late model ranks.
He is a true
Southern racing legend who has secured his rightful place in the
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Florence, Kentucky.
Soft cover, 89 pages.
TRANS-AM ERA The Golden Years In Photographs:
by Daniel Lipetz,
foreword by Parnelli Jones
Fifty years later, racing fans still talk
about the original Trans-American Sedan championship, better known
as the Trans-Am. For seven seasons, the series pitted a new
generation of American “pony cars”—led by the Ford Mustang and
Chevrolet Camaro—in closely fought racing at top road circuits
across North America. The driving
talent ranged from technically sophisticated sports-car driver Mark
Donohue to Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones and all-around driving
aces Dan Gurney and Peter Revson.
The Golden Years in Photographs, 1966-1972
recaptures the speed, intensity, and intrigue
of the Trans-Am through hundreds of vintage photographs, most of
which have never before been published and include rare color
images. The focus is on the iconic over two-liter cars that
attracted the most attention from fans and support from Detroit—the
Mustang, Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, and Dodge Chargers
and Challengers that are still instantly recognizable today.
Along with its vivid images, Trans-Am Era offers
detailed captions and year-by- year season summaries that chronicle
the Trans-Am’s gradual rise and sudden fall. Author Daniel Lipetz
conducted years of research that sheds new light on the series and
uncovers previously unknown facts about individual cars, races, and
All of the great Trans-Am cars are here: the Camaro
Z28s that won two titles for Mark Donohue and Roger Penske; the Boss
302 Mustangs that Parnelli Jones drove to victory in 1970; and the
AMC Javelins that Donohue and Penske would take from also-rans to
champions in 1971. And all the drivers who made the series famous
are profiled. Along with champions Donohue, Jones, and George
Follmer, there are greats like Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Peter Revson,
Jim Hall, Swede Savage, and Jerry Titus and even cameo players like
Indy 500 legend A. J. Foyt and endurance-racing hero Vic Elford.
Hard cover, 224 pp., 200 B&W and 65 color photos.
SPENCER SPEEDWAY LEGENDS 1957–1977
Chronicles two golden decades at the Spencer, NY, Speedway. The
former apple-orchard jalopy track emerged as a racing hot bed,
boasting names like Richie Evans, Maynard Troyer, Bobby Merz, Dutch
Hoag, George Fischer Jr., Pat O'Neil, Dick Emerson, Dale Merz, Jim
Flora, Roger Boas, Roger Treichler, Gary Cornelius, Geoff Bodine,
Jimmy Spencer and many more.
Also touches upon other tracks
in racing-rich upstate New York, including Monroe County,
Canandaigua, Lancaster, Utica-Rome, and Holland.
228 pp., 83 B&W rare photos.
The First Lady of Motorsports
by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan
Perhaps the most photographed personality in
automotive and motorsports history, Linda Vaughn has entertained
fans and has been a premier marketer of automotive goods for more
than 55 years.
From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway,
coming of age while representing Hurst, through her annual
appearances at America’s top automotive and racing events, Linda
continues to engage fans, drawing long lines whenever she makes an
appearance. At her peak, Linda attended more than 100 events
annually, year after year, and she still attends more than 25 events
For the first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her
fans a behind-the-scenes look at her career in motorsports and
promotion through her personal photographic archive and other
photos. Through captions, Linda tells the story of individual images
from her amazing memory, with no detail left unshared. She recounts
events with racing personalities and automotive icons from George
Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is
left out as Linda tells stories about the photos chronicling her
career in motorsports.
Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of
Motorsports is the most comprehensive gathering of photos ever
assembled on Linda Vaughn. Through her 50-plus years in motorsports,
Linda has lived it all, been everywhere, and met everyone.
Hard cover, 224 pages, 217 color and 191 B&W photos.
- A Collection of my Favorite Racing Photos
by Art Evans with
Art Evans was a sports car racer in the
1950s on the West Coast who raced against, and became close friends
with, Carroll Shelby. Their intense competition on the track became
a lifelong friendship off the track. He and Shelby collaborated on
many business projects over the years, including books, marketing
projects, projects for the Shelby Foundation, and so on. In his
later years, Shelby loved the books about his cars and similar
topics, but his eyesight was failing to the point where he had
difficulty reading, and really preferred the books that were heavy
It was from that realization that Shelby and
Evans decided to work on one last book together. They both combed
through the Shelby archives and selected Shelby’s favorite images
from his racing career. That is almost the entirety of this book. It
is packed with photos selected by Shelby himself, and the captions
are quotes from Shelby’s commentary on the action in the photo, as
well as his memories.
Unfortunately, Carroll Shelby passed
away before the book was fully completed, but Evans, following
Shelby’s instructions, carried this final project through to
Filled with images that have never been seen in
print, as well as images not published since the 1950s and 1960s,
this final work from Shelby is a personally curated collection by
the legend himself.
Hard cover, 256 pages, 296 color and B&W
Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age
by Lawrence Goldstone
is the most complete account to date of the wild early days of the
Lawrence Goldstone tells the fascinating story of
how the internal combustion engine, a “theory looking for an
application,” evolved into an innovation that would change history.
Debunking many long-held myths along the way,
shows that the creation of the automobile was not the work of one
man, but very much a global effort. Long before anyone had heard of
Henry Ford, men with names like Benz, Peugeot, Renault, and Daimler
were building and marketing the world’s first cars.
breathes life into an extraordinary cast of characters: the
inventors and engineers who crafted engines small enough to use on a
“horseless carriage”; the financiers who risked everything for their
visions; the first racers - daredevils who pushed rickety, untested
vehicles to their limits; and such visionary lawyers as George
Selden, who fought for and won the first patent for the
gasoline-powered automobile. Lurking around every corner is Henry
Ford, a brilliant innovator and an even better marketer, a tireless
promoter of his products - and of himself.
With a narrative
as propulsive as its subject, Drive! plunges us headlong
into a time unlike any in history, when near-manic innovation,
competition, and consumerist zeal coalesced to change the way the
Hard cover, 384 pages.
HOT ROD GALLERY II: More
Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's
By Pat Ganahl
the best-selling original book,
Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding’s Golden Years:
1930-1960, author and historian Pat Ganahl opened his
archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most
interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with
fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders,
long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes,
nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in
one convenient package. Well, if some is good, more is better,
For this second volume Ganahl dug deeper into his
massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in
both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot
rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more
great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In
this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead
sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. He even
went a little later, into the early 1960s.
If you liked the
first edition of Hot Rod Gallery, you may like this one even more.
Ganahl guarantees that it is filled with images you have never seen,
and he offers his commentary and a lifetime of expertise in this
selection of fantastic images from his expansive archive. You can
spend hours looking at all the details and soaking in the history in
these images, and we know you’ll enjoy this book as much as you did
Hard cover, 192 pages, loaded with color and B&W
Remembering the Kid from Fitchburg
Compiled and Edited by Bones Bourcier
Rivals, teammates, friends and family members
recall one of the Northeast’s most popular drivers, whose
spectacular Modified career – he won from New England to Florida –
was followed by a NASCAR Cup Series victory at Talladega and Rookie
of the Year honors at stock car racing’s highest level.
Contributors include Modified icons Bugs Stevens and George Summers,
legendary car owners Bob Johnson and Bob Judkins, NASCAR Cup winners
Geoff Bodine and Ricky Rudd, broadcasters Jack Arute and Mike Joy,
and many more.
All share personal memories of Ronnie B., who
had a smile made for victory lane and enough raw talent to get him
Soft cover, 264 pages, 100 B&W photos.
Landy's Dodges - The Mighty
of "Dandy" Dick Landy
Landy’s Dodges takes you
chronologically through the famous cars of Dick's career, from
piloting his first racing mount (a 1954 Ford Pickup) to the historic
years of campaigning his mighty Dodges.
Stunkard gives a highly detailed account of all of Dick's cars and
his racing results.
The book features archival images from
the Landy family's personal collection, as well as modern shots of
restored Landy cars.
Soft cover, 176 pages with 407 color
and black and white photos.
out of Stock
Penske’s Maestro: Karl Kainhofer and
the History of Penske Racing
by Gordon Kirby
Karl Kainhofer, an Austrian-born Porsche-trained master mechanic,
was Roger Penske’s personal race mechanic, preparing many of the
cars Penske raced in the late 1950s and early ’60s. When Penske
started the Penske Racing organization in 1966 Kainhofer was the
first man he hired as a full-time employee, and over the following
ten years Kainhofer became chief mechanic for Mark Donohue’s Can-Am,
Formula 5000 cars, Indy cars and Formula 1 cars.
Donohue’s tragic death at the Austrian GP in 1975, Kainhofer started
a second career as the boss of Penske’s engine shop. Over the
following 22 years he was Penske’s chief engine man, before retiring
at the end of 1997, after 32 years with Penske Racing. Through a
career that spanned 40 years from 1958 through 1997 Kainhofer scored
a remarkable 170 wins from 535 races, including 22 with Donohue in
the USRRC, Can-Am and Indy cars, plus 94 wins, nine Indy 500s
included, as the chief engine builder for Penske’s Indy cars from
1977 through 1997.
In researching and writing Penske’s
Maestro, veteran American racing writer and award-winning
author Gordon Kirby interviewed more than 60 people who worked with
Kainhofer at Penske Racing over the years. Hence the book relates
not only Karl’s life history but also the inside story of Penske
Racing’s first 32 years. Penske’s Maestro includes more
than 400 photos plus a complete statistical record of Kainhofer’s
Fully Indexed. Hard cover, 360 pages, 400+
by Peter Vincent
Great Hot Rods are also Works
of Art…Do you disagree? If so, Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell,
the founders of the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop, promise to argue
with you until the beer runs out.
Photographer Peter Vincent,
an artist in his own right, was among the first to recognize the
sublime artistry of the Bones' hot rods. His photographs of Keith
and Ken's first coupes helped the Bones get noticed. Today the
Bones' creations are recognized around the world as real-deal hot
rods that look and sound like something built in the late 1940s or
1950s, but with an aggressive attitude all their own.
has been there from the start, documenting the Bones' creations,
their exploits at the Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage and the
Race of Gentlemen, and their cross-country adventures to and from
their home base in upstate New York. The Bones haven't built a lot
of cars, but each and every one of them is documented in the pages
of this book. If you are a fan of traditional hot rods, you will
never get tired of leafing through the pages of Rolling Bones.
Hard cover with jacket, 224 pages, loaded with color and
black & white photos.
Bettenhausen & Sons: An American Racing Family Album
Over the years, American automobile
racing has enjoyed a handful of successful racing families such as
the Andrettis and Unsers in Indy car racing and the Pettys, Allisons
and Earnhardts in NASCAR. We’ve also seen this phenomenon in Europe
and international racing, with the likes of Graham Hill and his son
Damon, world champions both, and the legendary Ferrari Formula One
hero Gilles Villeneuve and his son Jacques, who was successful in
both Indy and F1 cars.
well-known with the passage of time, but equally accomplished in a
wide range of American open-wheel racing are the Bettenhausens, Tony
and his three sons, Gary, Merle and Tony, Jr. The family’s story has
been told before by Carl Hungness in his epic “GO! The Bettenhausen
Story,” published in 1982. But more than 30 years later, with advice
and assistance from Merle and Susan Bettenhausen publisher Racemaker
Press decided to take a fresh, pictorial look at the family’s story
using their outstanding photo archive along with the Bettenhausen
family’s personal collections.
Award-winning author Gordon Kirby has created
a visual odyssey of the Bettenhausen family’s epic story, starting
with two-time Indy car champion Tony Senior’s first laps at the
wheel of a Midwestern Midget in 1938, and following Gary’s, Merle’s
and Tony Jr.’s careers. This book features over 350 superb photos
and is enlivened by Merle and Susan Bettenhausen’s personal
recollections, observations and commentary about their father,
brothers and family. The book is completed with full statistical
data of the Bettenhausens’ championship racing careers.
cover, 225 pages, 350+ photos.
America’s Racing Trinity
by Bones Bourcier
Forewords by John Andretti & Dave Despain
Twenty years after they hung up their
helmets, their names remain synonymous with the sport they carried
to new heights. A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty rose to
fame just as the American media – print, radio, and, crucially,
television – began to legitimize auto racing. The timing was
perfect. In Foyt, Andretti, and Petty, the nation found characters
as compelling as any in sports or entertainment.
Foyt was all Texas, John
Wayne in a fireproof suit, stomping into Victory Lanes from
Indianapolis to Le Mans. Andretti, who’d sailed from Italy with his
family at age 15, struck for all outsiders the same yes-you-can
chord sounded by another Italian-American, the great Frank Sinatra.
Petty, the genial North Carolinian who signed autographs until the
last fan went home, put a smiling Andy Griffith face on the American
South, no small feat in the tumultuous ’60s.
They crossed paths
often, on the track and in the headlines. Take 1967, which opened
with Andretti beating NASCAR’s best at Daytona, peaked with Foyt’s
third Indianapolis 500 win, and ended with a record 27 victories for
Petty. Or the three-season stretch from 1977-79, during which Foyt
became the first four-time Indy winner, Andretti earned the World
Driving Championship, and Petty captured a landmark Daytona 500.
throttled back their careers in near-unison, Petty in 1992, Foyt in
’93, Andretti in ’94. Today all three are revered; as they walk
through crowded pit areas, people step back to make way. Charisma
This is no mere
three-act biography. Laced with quotes from first-hand interviews
with Foyt, Petty, Andretti, and their peers, and spiced with period
accounts from the motorsports world and the changing social
landscape, this is award-winning author Bones Bourcier’s history of
modern American automobile racing as refracted through the lives of
three extraordinary champions.
Hard cover, 348 pages, 24
pages of B&W photos.
Cars of Harley Earl
by David W. Temple
Over Harley Earl’s 50-year career, he
created as well as collaborated on the most innovative, bold,
technologically advanced cars made by General Motors. As a titan of
American auto design, the cars he helped create are still celebrated
today. And as an enduring legacy, he inspired a generation of
engineers, designers, and stylists.
automotive historian David W. Temple has researched and unearthed
the complete story of Harley Earl's cars, his notable design
achievements, and many accolades. Working as a coachbuilder at his
father's Earl Automotive Works in Hollywood, California, the young
Earl learned his trade. After styling the 1927 LaSalle for GM
president Alfred P. Sloan, Earl rose to prominence and ran the newly
created department of Art and Color. When the jet age hit, he fully
embraced aviation design and infused it into GM cars. He led the
team that created the 1953 Corvette, and this iconic American sports
car is still going strong today.
Earl's drive toward bold and innovative design spurred American car
design during the mid-twentieth century. His work defined the 1950s
finned cars and set American automotive design on the path it has
followed into the modern era. This is the inside story of these
remarkable cars and the man behind them. It's an essential addition
to any automotive library.
cover, 192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.
Art Pollard: The Life and Legacy of
a Gentleman Racer
by Bob Kehoe
Pollard's story deserves to be told, from his humble beginnings in
Dragon, Utah, to his untimely death on Pole Day at Indianapolis in
From a small hydroplane
on Oregon's Umpqua River to micro-midgets and modified stock cars on
a half-mile oval in Roseburg, Oregon.
A popular Supermodified
champion in the western states in the 1960s to, ultimately, the
Championship Car Series, achieving the pinnacle of racing at the
famed Indy Brickyard.
For some, Art may be
just one more racing statistic, but for others he was so much more.
Soft cover, 260 pages
Memories: An Oral History of
"The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”
by Art Garner and Marc
than 150 drivers, fans, celebrities and others share their personal
stories and remembrances of the world’s most famous auto race.
Twenty different race winners representing more than 40 victories
are among those sharing memories, including the greatest names in
the sport: Foyt, Unser, Andretti, Rutherford, Cheever, Mears,
Sullivan, Rahal, Montoya, Castroneves and Kanaan. Others include
Gurney, Guthrie, Goodyear, Patrick, Power, Stewart, St. James and
book is as much about dreams as it is memories, from A.J. Foyt
listening to the 500 in his daddy’s garage as young boy, to Bev
Patrick bursting into tears as her daughter, Danica, becomes the
first woman to lead the 500. There is laughter and tears, triumph
and tragedy, ranging from Evi Gurney hiding under a stack of sweaty
driver uniforms in the back of a car so she can sneak into Gasoline
Alley, to Indy’s darkest days in 1964 and 1973. The memories are
full of surprises and unbridled honesty. “I felt like I was at the
point of an arrow that was being hurled forward by a hurricane,”
recalled Eddie Cheever. “It was so violent, to control it for 500
miles and finish a race, I thought would be a miracle.”
Fans and family have always been an integral
part of making the event “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and both
are well represented in Indy 500 Memories. Whether the stories are
about family traditions or secretly spreading a loved one’s ashes on
the Speedway’s grounds, they are often as personal and interesting
as those of the drivers. From the first memory by Mario Andretti, to
the last one of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Indy 500 Memories is sure to
invoke surprise, laughter, tears and awe and is a must read for any
Soft cover, 230 pages.
George" Montgomery: Drag Racing’s Gasser King
Patrick Ertel with Bill Holder
As a young man,
George Montgomery lived for cars. He came of age in the classic era
of the hot rod and fully immersed himself in the car culture. George
took car building seriously and went on to become one of the
pioneers of the sport of drag racing.
From a little shop in
a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, he built and raced cars that led the world
in innovation and craftsmanship. George was a leading participant in
the famous "Gasser Wars" match races of the 1960s, where he earned
the moniker "Ohio George," while driving his iconic 1933 Willys to
victory after victory. The era of the Gasser Wars was one of the
most colorful chapters in racing history and George was one of the
most successful racers of the time.
Always in innovator,
Montgomery built the groundbreaking Malco Gasser Mustang in 1967 and
followed it with the revolutionary Mr. Gasket turbocharged Mustang a
few years later.
After retiring from racing in 1985, George
became one of the most successful engine builders in the country. He
is the recipient of the National Hot Rod Association's most
prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is
listed as one of drag racing's top 50 all-time drivers.
cover, 130 pages, many color and B&W images.
Pontiac Concept & Show Cars
by Don Keefe
Pontiac distinguished itself from other GM
brands. Not only did it create the GTO, Firebird, Trans Am, and
Bonneville, but the company’s dedicated staff designed, developed,
and built some of the most audacious and progressive experimental
and concept cars. The management, engineers, and designers had a
bold and distinct vision for Pontiac, and these cars were infused
with their unique passion and vision. With a keen eye on the future, Pontiac created
ground-breaking designs to show its customers what was possible.
Concept and Show Cars: 1939-1980 gives you a comprehensive
perspective of these landmark cars in the history of automotive
design. Don Keefe, Pontiac historian and former editor of Smoke
Signals, takes you on a fascinating tour of Pontiac’s automotive
visions and wildest creations. Some of the cars never went beyond
the experimental stage; others became prototypes. You learn the
inside story on the design, modeling, and fabrication processes. And
you are shown an automotive future that could have been, and the
cars that became history.
fascinating and innovative Pontiacs from 1939 to the 1980s and
beyond are examined in exquisite detail. Pontiac fans, as well as
auto history buffs, will enjoy reading and learning about these cars
as well as Pontiac’s Project X car program. If you’ve been looking
for a book that authoritatively and comprehensively covers the
remarkable and influential Pontiac prototypes of the past, or
simply love concept cars in general, this book will entertain you
for hours. Hard cover, 192 pages,
292 B&W and color
Fresh on the heels of the
best-selling Lost Drag Strips comes a new look at other
long-lost and forgotten drag racing facilities from the 1950s,
1960s, and 1970s.
In the first volume, the author examined
the birth of drag racing and its subsequent popularity that invaded
every city and community across America. The first volume was great,
but readers demanded more!
Lost Drag Strips II
picks up where the first volume left off, covering even more tracks
with archival photos of racing in the tracks’ heyday, the cars that
ran there, and coverage of the tracks as they exist today. This
volume also includes some of the tracks that survived, those that
fought off the economic demons and the urban sprawl and continue to
Tracks in this volume include: Fort
Wainwright/Racing Lions Motorsports Park, Avenue G Drag Strip,
Fremont/Baylands Drag Strip, San Fernando Drag Strip, Fontana Drag
City, Inyokern Drag Strip, Kahuku Air Strip, Las Vegas Speedrome,
Continental Divide Raceways, SRCA Drag Strip, Southwest Raceway,
Willow Run Raceway, Minnesota Dragways, KCTA Drag Strip, Detroit
Dragway, Niagara Airport Dragstrip, New York National Speedway, York
US 30 Drag-O-Way, South Mountain Raceway, La Place Dragway, Yellow
River Drag Strip, Thunderbolt Dragway, and more.
176 pages, 249 color and B&W photos.
Cars: 45 Stories of Hunting the Most Elusive and Valuable Muscle
by Wes Eisenschenk
world of archeology nothing compares to the discovery. Whether it’s
related to King Tut’s tomb, the Titanic, or Amelia Earhart, the
uncovering of an artifact is worth all the research, work, blood,
sweat, and tears. In the world of the muscle car, some of the
greatest creations are still waiting to be discovered.
book is a collection of stories written by enthusiasts about their
quest to find these extremely rare and valuable muscle cars. You’ll
find four categories (Celebrity, Rare, Race Cars, and
Concept/Prototype/Show Cars) within three genres (Missing, Lost
History, Recently Discovered) that take you through the search for
some of the most sought-after muscle cars with names such as Shelby,
Yenko, Hurst, and Hemi. Along the way, success stories, including
finding the first Z/28 Camaro, the 1971 Boss 302, and the 1971 Hemi
‘Cuda convertible, will make you wonder if you could make the next
great muscle car find.
Lost Muscle Cars includes 45
intriguing stories involving some of the most significant American
iron ever created during the celebrated muscle car era. Readers will
be armed with the tools to begin the quest to make the next great
discovery in automotive archaeology!
Hard cover, 240 pages,
124 color and B&W photos.
& Martin: The Most Famous
Team in Drag
by Jim Schild
sport of drag racing exploded in the 1950s, two youngsters from
North Carolina each rose through the ranks racing Chevrolets. It
didn’t take long for one of them to realize that if you couldn’t
beat him it might be best to join him. Buddy Martin approached
Ronnie Sox about campaigning a 1963 Z-11 Chevy, and with that
partnership, the most dominant duo in the history of drag racing
Sox & Martin: The Most
Famous Team in Drag Racing is a comprehensive archival recap of
straight-line racing’s greatest duo. Historic and modern imagery
recapture the celebrated Plymouth race cars campaigned by Ronnie and
Buddy throughout their legendary partnership. Also chronicled are
the lesser-known Oldsmobile, Ford, Pontiac, Chevrolet, and Mercury
mounts predating their time with Chrysler. The races, the cars, the
events; all of it is covered here during this golden age of drag
racing. Author Jim Schild, with the help of Buddy Martin, Herb
McCandless, Jake King, Diane Sox, Dave Christie, and others, has
created the most exhaustive, authentic review of the illustrious
drag racing career of Sox & Martin.
Soft cover, 176 pages, 351 B&W and
of Paul Newman
The world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award-winning
actor with a 50-plus year career as one of the most prolific and
revered actors in American Cinema. He was also well known for his
philanthropy; Newman's Own has given more than $430 million to
charities around the world.
Yet few know the gasoline-fueled
passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's
makeup. Newman's deep- seated passion for racing was so intense it
nearly sidelined his acting career.
His racing career
spanned 35 years; Newman won four national championships as a driver
and eight championships as an owner. Not bad for a guy who didn't
even start racing until he was 47 years old.
Special Features: Adam Carolla interviews with Mario Andretti,
Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno, Graham Rahal, and Bob Sharp; Adam Carolla
restores Paul Newman's 1985 GT-1 Championship Car/Trailer.
Color, 83 min.
The Man & Le Mans (documentary)
1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. He was the King of Cool and the
world’s most notorious ladies’ man. Hot off the back of classics
like “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Bullitt,” the racing fanatic
began production of his passion project, “Le Mans,” centered on the
24-hour car race in France.
But the infamously troubled
production was plagued with financial troubles, on-set rivalries and
the star’s own personal issues. This documentary film interweaves
stunning, newly discovered footage and McQueen’s private recordings
with original interviews to reveal the true story of how this cinema
legend would risk everything in pursuit of his dream.
Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
DVD edition includes additional interviews with Steve McQueen's
friends, family and colleagues and an exclusive interview with
three-time Le Mans Winner, Allan McNish.
Color, 112 min.
FUEL DRAGSTERS: Drag Racing’s Rear-Engine Revolution
general terms, drag racing is the fastest form of motor racing;
within drag racing, Top Fuel is the fastest of the classes. Top Fuel
has always been the leading class in terms of technology, cost,
excitement, and speed. Over the years, technology has changed
greatly. What started out as a flathead engine, four wheels, frame
rails, and a steering wheel has morphed into technological wonders
producing horsepower figures in the thousands and running
supercharged nitromethane cars over the quarter-mile in the
the course of the evolution of these technological developments in
the late 1960s and early 1970s, Top Fuelers were making enough
horsepower so that sitting directly behind the engine, as the
“diggers” did in the 1950s through the 1960s, was recognized as a
fairly dangerous proposition for the driver. Any blower explosion or
clutch and bellhousing failure occurred directly in the face of the
pilot. Teams and engineers developed the rear-engine layout that is
still in use today, where the engine sits behind the driver but in
front of the rear wheels.
Industry legend and veteran journalist Steve
Reyes was there through all the technological changes; he has the
photos, anecdotes, quotes, and tales of the era. He discusses it
all, including the experimentation that led to incredibly exciting
racing and wild mishaps. Join him in the pages of this book where he
shares all the stories of this incredible racing era.
cover, 176 pages including 300 color photos.
The Art of Race
by Bob Riley
with Jonathan Ingram
After building his first race
cars out of southern Louisiana junkyards, Bob Riley quickly
established himself as a leading light, if not genius, when it came
to race car design.
His first major suspension design helped
Henry Ford II make good on his vendetta to beat Enzo Ferrari at Le
Mans. Riley's first radical Indy car designs, with its ingenious
center-hub-mounted suspension resulted in A.J. Foyt's landmark
fourth victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 1977.
Riley has continued to be at the heart of the world of motorsports,
working with its most famous drivers at the biggest events,
including the Daytona 500, where his engineering helped Dale
Earnhardt finally win NASCAR's marquee event.
Art of Race Car Design, Riley shares his insights on drawing
cars and later creating them on computers, as well as the experience
of working with some of America’s best known teams and drivers. It’s
a tale told with candor, modesty and humor about what it’s like to
work in racing’s big leagues.
Hard cover with dust jacket,
192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W images, plus a
complete statistical record.
Dodge Daytona &
Design, Development, Production and Competition
the fiercely competitive world of NASCAR, every manufacturer was
looking for a competitive edge. Ford and Chrysler turned their
attention to the aerodynamics of their race cars, resulting
in a brief era affectionately called the Aero Wars. During the
height of this competition, Chrysler and Ford produced, among other
things, cars with radically altered grilles and tail sections.
Mandated by the series to produce production versions, these exotic
beasts became some of the most costly, creative, and collectible
machines ever assembled in Detroit, whether in race trim or in stock
Author Steve Lehto gives a
thorough and detailed account of the history of this battle that
culminated with the final wars between the Ford Talladega/Mercury
Cyclone and the Dodge Daytona/Plymouth Superbird. The story of
Richard Petty's defection from Plymouth, the mighty Hemi, and the
creation of the street version of these cars all come to light in
this all-encompassing tale of Chrysler climbing the ladder to NASCAR
Dodge Daytona and
Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production and Competition
delivers a blow-by-blow account of the biggest races between FoMoCo
and Chrysler, along with telling the rich stories of the development
of these cars. If you are a fan of NASCAR, or just love outrageous
muscle cars, this richly detailed and well-illustrated account of a
fascinating era of performance will be a valued addition to your
Hard cover, color and B&W photos, 204 pages.
The History of
Trans-Am, Quarter-Mile, NASCAR, Bonneville and More
When manufacturers’ racing
involvement are considered, AMC is not a company that immediately
comes to mind. Yet even from the very beginning of American
motorsports, the companies that became AMC had some serious
commitment to motorsports. From the early Nash and Hudson models all
the way through the muscle car era, AMC directly participated in
racing. The success of Nash and Hudson in early NASCAR racing, AMC
Javelins in Trans-Am racing, and AMC's involvement with Mark Donohue
and Roger Penske in both their Trans-Am and 1970s NASCAR teams prove
that AMC was "in it to win it."
History of AMC Motorsports from veteran racing journalist Bob
McClurg covers it all, from a Nash-American Motors corporate
history, the first years of NASCAR, the 1960s efforts that included
Trans-Am and drag racing Super Stock programs, to the Craig
Breedlove land speed record efforts when 106 world records were
shattered and covered by Hot Rod magazine. And let's not
forget the 1970s Trans-Am championships with Donohue and Penske, and
finally the NASCAR success with Bobby Allison in the
always-curious-looking Matador, which is also covered here.
has a single volume chronicled the events that encompass AMC racing
history. Whether a hardcore racing history fan or a casual
enthusiast of the AMC street offerings, The History of AMC
Motorsports provides a unique showcase vital to every
Hard cover, color and B&W photos, 204
Nation: The Full-Throttle
Saga of NASCAR's First Family
by Jay Busbee
A colorful, fearless
portrait of the larger-than-life first family of NASCAR, the
Earnhardts, and the rise of the world’s fastest stock car racing
than sixty years ago, Ralph Earnhardt toiled in a cotton mill in his
native North Carolina to support his growing family. Weekends he
could be found going pedal to the metal at the dirt tracks, taking
on the competition in the early days of box car racing and becoming
one of the best short-track drivers in the state. His son, Dale
Earnhardt Sr., would become one of the greatest drivers of all time,
and his grandson Dale Jr, would become NASCAR’s most popular driver
of the 2000s. From a simple backyard garage, the Earnhardts reached
the highest echelons of professional stock car racing and became the
stuff of myth for fans.
is the story of this car-racing dynasty and the business that would
make them rich and famous—and nearly tear them apart. Covering all
the white-knuckle races, including the final lap at the Daytona 500
that claimed the life of the Intimidator, Earnhardt Nation
goes deep into the fast-paced world of NASCAR, its royal family’s
obsession with speed, and their struggle with celebrity.
Busbee takes us deep inside the lives of these men and women who
shaped NASCAR. He delves into their personal and professional lives,
from failed marriages to rivalries large and small to complex and
competitive father-son relationships that have reverberated through
generations, and explores the legacy the Earnhardts struggle to
Hard cover, 352 pages.
Rock-em, Sock-em, Travelin' Sideways
Dirt Show: A History of Robert Smawley’s NDRA
The story of the first national
touring series for Dirt Late Models. Robert Smawley, founder of the
National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) was a visionary promoter who
was clearly years ahead of his time. He brought money and national
fame to Late Model dirt racing and its drivers. His series changed
the sport of dirt racing forever. All of today’s national touring
series owe their beginnings to Smawley and his "travelin' dirt
Author Gary Parker's father took him to his first dirt
race at the famed Boyd's Speedway in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in
1955. Over the course of 60 years, he has watched hundreds of races
all over the South and at several historic tracks that no longer
exist. He traveled and became close friends with some of the icons
of Southern dirt racing and was a crew member for a number of teams
from the late 1960s through the 1970s and into the 1980s. Parker
holds a PhD. in Anthropology.
Soft cover, 186 pages, 164
photographs, most in color.
Thru My Lens - An Intimate Look at
the Syracuse Finale
A film by James Liegeot Jr.
A close-up of the Syracuse Fairgrounds final race and the events
of the week leading up to it, with cameras inches away from
wide-open, full-throttle Big Block Dirt Modifieds.
alongside the track safety crew: inside views of pit stops gone
right and those that went terribly wrong. Ride along in the #00 as
it paces the final Big Block field to compete on the storied mile.
Plus, the 358 controversy, captured on film – you be the
Includes day by day activities throughout the week
and the aftermath as fans say goodbye to a fixture in Northeast auto
Pro Stocks, Sportsman, 358 Mods, USAC Silver Crown,
and Big Blocks. It’s all here, with special effects and a dynamic
Color, 103 min.
Monroe, Caroline Rhea and Justin Guarini
Racing is in
Alex Johnstone's (Mircea Monroe) blood. It was her father’s life and
it ultimately caused his death so her uncle Bill (Dwier Brown), who
runs the local speedway, is determined not to lose his niece the way
he lost his brother.
But Alex is determined to prove to
Bill, to the world, and especially to herself that she has what it
takes to be the best in a traditionally male-dominated sport. And
when she meets up with handsome professional racecar driver Darryl
Sands (Justin Guarini), the emotional stakes are raised even higher.
Will Alex crash and burn or can she carry on her dad's
legacy and make her dreams come true?
Color, 85 min. (2008)
Back by Popular Demand!
FLORIDA MOTORSPORTS RETROSPECTIVE,
Vol. 1, Second Edition
by Eddie Roche
last is Volume 1 of Eddie Roche’s classic Florida Motorsports
Retrospective Pictorial, long out of print and much requested.
But the second edition is greatly enhanced with more track
chapters; updated track records and point champs; major event winner
listings, additional photos and much-improved photo quality. It’s
now a comprehensive directory of 150 past and current Florida tracks
(ovals, road courses, and dragways).
Even if you have the
original, you will want this collectible second edition.
Soft cover, 200 indexed pages, 1500 photos.
CRAWFORD - Speed
Crawford was one of the most versatile race car drivers of the
From P-38 fighter ace to pioneering jet test pilot, to
multi-million-dollar supermarket mogul, Ray's story comes to life
through Andrew Layton's finely crafted text and over 150 rare or
never-before-seen images from Dick Wallen’s superb collection.
Hard cover, 206 pp, coffee table.
Join Brian Darwas and the Rolling
Bones Hot Rod Shop on a cross-country trip full of roadside
breakdowns, shop tours, parking-lot parties and plenty of racing at
what most people consider the birthplace of hot rodding, the
legendary Bonneville Salt Flats.
All 13 hot rods embark on a
lifetime adventure from New York to Utah, where Keith Cornell breaks
the world record for the fastest Ford Y-block.
salt-pit rebuilds, tech inspections and race runs to keep even the
most jaded gearheads on the edge of their seats.
Be there to
experience the sun on your face and the salt in the air when it all
comes down to that Three-Mile pass!
runs 60 minutes, plus 40 minutes worth of bonus features.
by Ken Gross
The So-Cal Speed Shop is legendary in
hot-rodding circles, and the So-Cal Coupe is a big reason why. Built
to compete in drag racing and top-speed contests, this chopped ‘34
Ford coupe, with its iconic white and red paint job, served as a
rolling advertisement for So-Cal.
In the third installment
of the Stance & Speed Monograph Series, author Ken Gross tells the
multifaceted history of this tremendously influential car. At turns
record-setting, tragic, and triumphant, the story of the So-Cal
coupe exemplifies the story of hot rodding itself throughout the
second half of the 20th century.
Hard cover, 32 pages.
The Snake That
by Colin Comer,
2011, Shelby enthusiast Colin Comer wrote Shelby Cobra 50 Years;
the book met with rave reviews, including Esquire magazine naming it
"the greatest car book of all time." Shortly after its publication,
Carroll Shelby and Phil Remington–the two most important men behind
the Shelby Cobra–passed away. In the wake of this loss comes this
special collector's edition of Shelby Cobra 50 Years,
Shelby Cobra: The Snake That Conquered the World.
The book recalls the early 1960s when Carroll Shelby, a
Texas chicken farmer turned champion race driver, had the audacity
to think he could start his own car manufacturing company. To
further emphasize the gargantuan proportions of his confidence,
Shelby decided his company would manufacture nothing but
ultra-high-performance sports cars, beginning with the landmark
Cobra, introduced in 1962. To the amazement of everyone, except Ol'
Shel' himself, Shelby Automobiles succeeded beyond anyone's wildest
expectations, building cars that would provide benchmarks for
performance that stand to this day and winning world championships
in the process.
Shelby Cobra: The Snake
That Conquered the World is a complete history of Shelby's
Cobra sports cars and firsthand accounts from the people who made
the car the legend it is today. It begins with the events that led
up to Shelby's decision to build a high-performance sports car,
continues with the story of the production Cobra street cars and
racecars, and wraps up with Shelby's continuation cars and an all
new chapter with tributes to Carroll Shelby from Chuck Cantwell,
John Morton, Henry Ford III, Kati Remington-Blackledge, and others,
as well as new and updated material.
This special collector's edition includes
stunning poster-sized gatefolds featuring artwork by Hector
Cadamartori and is an officially licensed Carroll Shelby product.
Hard cover, coffee table book, loaded with color and B&W
photographs, 272 pages.
Y-Block: A Performance History
by Charles R. Murray
Here is a true
accounting of the many racing accomplishments of one of the most
maligned engine series ever to roll out of
Detroit. The Y-Block Ford V-8, an engine that
provided Ford with racing victories unrivaled by any another auto
manufacturer of the time, became a victim of the internal and
external politics of the auto industry and the bias of the
book will document the wins recorded and records set by
Y-Block-powered vehicles on the Salt Flats of Bonneville, on NASCAR
and USAC stock car tracks, the lofty heights of Pike's Peak, and on
drag strips and bullring dirt tracks from coast to coast.
Ford Y Block: A
Performance History is packed with previously unpublished
photos and personal accounts from those who actually made the
Long-time Ford fanatic Charlie Morris delivers the
ultimate vindication of this sturdy, historic performing engine
series as reflected in the current trend towards nostalgic styles of
racing. A renewed interest in the Y-Block has fostered the
development of modern aftermarket speed equipment. This has led to
heretofore unheard of horsepower numbers and performances that have
returned the Y-Block to the winner's circle more than six decades
after its debut.
Soft cover, 196
by Dave Argabright
Jimmy Wilson is back with
Sprint Car Challenge, the 4th novel in the highly regarded series
based on the USAC Sprint Car trail of the 1970s.
racing action, fascinating characters and situations
demonstrate why this series has developed a cult following.
Hard cover, 342 pp.
Bumps & Grinds
Bumps & Grinds
was produced in 1991 by
veteran auto-racing photographers and film-makers Charlie and Terry
This DVD highlights action from Flemington
Fairgrounds Speedway during the years 1987 through the first year of
asphalt in 1991.
Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, and URC
Sprints are featured with plenty of spins, flips, and side-by-side
Original sound track, no narration.
1 hr. 40 min.
BUD MOORE’S RIGHT HAND MAN:
A NASCAR Team
Manager’s Career at
by Greg Moore with Perry
Foreword by Leonard Wood
is one of three sons of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore. Greg lived
in an auto racer's world in which his father's cars and drivers won
dozens of races and back-to-back championships. Those drivers were
Greg's friends, and two died in racing crashes within a year when he
was 6 to 7 years old.
Greg chose racing over college and
went to work in his father's business, staying there for the next 25
years. He worked especially with racing engines and became team
manager for such winning drivers as Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt,
Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine until Bud Moore Engineering was sold in
2000. Greg accompanies his father everywhere making personal
His personal recollections of a life that
others could only dream of, from childhood to adulthood, gives
fascinating insight into the world of big-time stock car racing.
Soft cover, 240
Street and Race Cars
by Martyn L. Schorr
early 1960s, Ford Motor Company underwent a dramatic change in
corporate philosophy. Previously, under Ford's young chairman, Henry
Ford II ("the Deuce") safety, not performance, was the goal.
1962, even the chairman realized his philosophy needed to change.
Ford was nearly invisible to car-crazy baby boomers. Lee Iacocca
convinced Ford that he needed to act decisively or risk losing the
emerging youth market to the competition.
began Ford's "Total Performance" program.
Ford Total Performance
is all about Ford's prime racing era from 1961 through 1971. In
addition to purpose-built race cars, it also covers production
performance cars, specialty models, and unique concepts such as
lightweight drag race cars. The book explores the 427 Fairlane
Thunderbolt; Mercury Comet; unique V-8 Falcons that competed in the
1963 and 1964 Monte Carlo Rallies; Dick Brannan's 427 A/FX drag car;
Ford Indy 500 winning race cars; 427 Overhead Cam SOHC 427 engines
as used in A/FX and fuel race cars; Boss 302 and 429 Mustangs for
street, drag racing, and Trans-Am; and many more.
Ford-Ferrari war that led to the creation of the legendary GT40 Le
Mans race cars isn't forgotten. Featuring unpublished period
photographs, plus photos and artwork from Ford designers,
Ford Total Performance
covers all of Ford's classic race and street cars, including Cobras
and Shelby Mustangs. It's a must-have book for any fan of classic
American performance cars!
Hard cover, 208 pages, loads of color and black and white
How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled
Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
by Preston Lerner
Henry Ford II,
"the Deuce," wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports
car events in Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford
learned that Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and
negotiations quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time
and money reviewing Ferrari's operations and negotiating with Enzo,
Ferrari abruptly backed out of the talks.
The Deuce took Ferrari's actions as a personal insult. Word
was sent down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based
Eric Broadley's Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a
mid-engine chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would
morph into the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the
"Mark II" GT40. The result was one of the most legendary wins in
racing history: Ford's 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966.
celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford's iconic victory, providing
the detailed back story leading to that historic win, as well as the
follow-up win in 1967. The GT40's last two competitive seasons in
1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a complete view of this
remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and
downs of Ford's GT program, accompanied by Shelby American
photographer Dave Friedman's historic images. Come re-live one of
the most exciting stories in all of racing history!
cover, 224 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W and color photos.
Regulaar Price: $74.95
Back by Popular Demand!
by L. Spencer Riggs
at last, with all the original content, this
covers the entire history of one of the world’s toughest one-mile
speedways, from its inception in 1926 to its closing in 1971. The
book won 1st place in the 2008 Book-of -The-Year at the American
Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) awards
Covers the midgets, big
cars, champ cars, motorcycles, stock cars, and modifieds that raced
there and includes sidebars on drivers.
A hard cover 560-page
book, illustrated with over 1000 photos – posed, action, head shots,
programs, and memorabilia. Many of the photos have never been
Hard cover, 560 pp.,
1000+ B&W photos.
1001 DRAG RACING FACTS
The Golden Age of Top Fuel, Funny
Door Slammers & More
by Doug Boyce
you’re an avid fan of nostalgia drags, a trivia buff who wants to
stump friends, or simply a fan of the big and powerful drag cars of
the 1950s–1980s, this book is an informative and entertaining
collection of facts from one of the industry’s most respected
Soft cover, 344 pp., 130 photos.
The Tex Smith Autobiography
by LeRoi “Tex” Smith
has had a greater influence on the world of hot rodding than Tex
builder, racer and mentor to hundreds of thousands of hot rodders
all around the world,
has done it all and recorded much of it for posterity.
Hard cover, 256 pp., 300 photos.
Techniques and the Stories
Behind the Art
by David Kimble
Renowned artist David Kimble reveals
the secrets, techniques, procedures, and the dedication to craft
that is required to produce these amazing illustrations.
Kimble’s step-by-step process features fresh, original art of a
McLaren Can-Am car and a vintage Harley-Davidson.
gift for any automotive or art fan.
I LOVE TO MAKE THE
DIRT FLY A
Carl G. Fisher 1874–1939
by Carl Hungness
The fascinating story of serial entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, who
with 3 partners developed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the
Indy 500, as well as creating Miami Beach, inventing superior car
headlights, and other accomplishments.
Hungness spent 16
years researching this uncommon and ultimately tragic character, who
died impoverished and alcoholic at age 64.
Hard cover, 192
pp., 251 colorized photos.
American Open-Wheel Racing
Sigur E. Whitaker
The world of Champ Car auto racing
As cars became more sophisticated, the cost of
supporting a team had skyrocketed, making things difficult for team
owners. In an effort to increase purses paid by racing promoters and
win lucrative television contracts, a group of owners formed
Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in 1978.
Soon after, CART
split from its sanctioning body, the United States Auto Club (USAC).
Though Champ Cars ran on numerous tracks, the Indianapolis
500 was the payday that supported most teams through the season.
From the beginning, CART had most of the successful teams and
popular drivers, and they focused on driving a wedge between the
track owners and USAC.
Over the next 30 years, the tension
between CART and USAC ebbed and flowed until all parties realized
that reunification was needed for the sake of the sport. This book
details the fight over control of Champ Car racing before
reunification in 2008.
Soft cover, 232 pages.
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
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
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.
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.
I AM DALE EARNHARDT
I AM DALE EARNHARDT originally produced as a 2015 Spike
TV documentary, digs deep beyond the legend to reveal the complex
figure at the core of "The Intimidator." He was an idol to millions,
but a villain to others; a working man's hero, but also a darling of
Madison Avenue; a husband, father and friend, but also a solitary
man who few really knew. His tragic death on the final lap of the
2001 Daytona 500 sent shock waves through the nation and
immortalized him as one of the greatest stars NASCAR has ever known.
With in-depth and insightful interviews with some of the
biggest names in the sport, unforgettable highlights from
Earnhardt's greatest moments on the racetrack, and rare footage of
Earnhardt's life off the track, I AM DALE EARNHARDT is an
up-close-and-personal look at the man behind the iconic mustache.
ALEXANDER: A Life And Times With McLaren
by Tyler Alexander
Tyler Alexander has worked with some of the greatest drivers in
racing history – Bruce McLaren, Peter Revson, Johnny Rutherford,
Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton – as well
as such influential figures as Roger Penske, Carl Haas, Paul Newman,
and Adrian Newey.
Here Alexander tells the story of his remarkable
four-decade career. In 1964 he helped found the McLaren racing team
along with Bruce McLaren and Teddy Mayer. As a mechanic, engineer,
and team manager, Alexander played a key role in the development of
McLaren’s cars and the team’s early successes in Formula One, the
Indianapolis 500, and the Can-Am series.
Indianapolis 500 victories with driver Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and
1976, Alexander left McLaren in the early 1980s to join the new
Mayer Motor Racing team. A decade later he returned to McLaren—in
time to participate in the team’s run of success in the late 1990s
with drivers Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. In 2008, his final
year with the team saw McLaren score its most recent Formula One
championship with brilliant newcomer Lewis Hamilton.
Universally respected within the racing community for his
experience, work ethic, and honesty, Tyler Alexander deserves to be
better known to a wider audience of fans. In
A Life and Times with McLaren,
Tyler tells his own story in his own unique style.
456 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W and color photos.
The Man Who Saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sigur E. Whitaker
unknown when in 1945 he purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
and its famous race, Tony Hulman soon became a household name in
auto racing circles. He is credited with not only saving the
Speedway from becoming a residential housing development but also
with re-invigorating auto racing in the United States.
his purchase of the Speedway, Hulman had not been involved in auto
racing; he was the CEO of Hulman & Company, a wholesale grocer. An
astute businessman, Hulman made Clabber Girl Baking Powder a
national brand and successfully led the reorientation of the family
fortunes to include a range of businesses including a beer company,
a Coca-Cola franchise, a broadcast empire, and real estate and gas
This biography of Hulman focuses on his many
ventures, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis
500 and his philanthropy.
Soft cover, 248 pages.
BUD MOORE: Memoir of a Country Mechanic
from D-Day to NASCAR Glory
by Bud Moore with Perry
One of NASCAR's pioneers, Bud Moore won countless
races in the sport's early rough and tumble days. In almost four
decades as a car owner, he was victorious at the Daytona 500, the
Southern 500–three times–and at dozens of other NASCAR events, and
won three Grand National Division championships, a Grand American
championship and the Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am
championship. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011,
with 63 wins and 43 poles.
The cars built by Bud Moore Engineering have been raced by
some of America's most talented drivers, including Buck Baker, Bobby
Allison, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Tiny Lund, David Pearson, Buddy
Baker, Fireball Roberts and many others. Moore continuously sought
to improve his machines, making them not only faster but safer, and
many of his innovations were quickly adopted throughout NASCAR and
by the auto industry.
This is Moore's story in his own words, covering his
early life in Depression-era Spartanburg, South Carolina, his combat
experience during the Invasion of Normandy, his racing career, and
his family life and retirement as a gentleman farmer. Many
never-before-seen photos are included.
Soft cover, 212
EARLY LAPS OF STOCK CAR RACING:
History of the Sport and Business
by Betty Boles Ellison
begins with the nation's first organized, sanctioned stock car road
race over the Briarcliff, New York, course–staged in 1908 by one of
America's early speed mavens, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. A veteran
of the early Ormond-Daytona Beach speed trials, Vanderbilt brought
the Grand Prize races to Savannah, Georgia, in 1908. What began as a
rich man's sport eventually became the working man's sport, finding
a home in the South with the infusion of moonshiners and their
souped-up cars. The book is based, for the most part, on statements
of drivers, car owners and others garnered from archived newspaper
Readers are given an expanded look at
the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing's 1948
incorporation documents; how they clash with the agreements adopted
at NASCAR's organization meeting two months earlier in December
1947. The meeting's participants soon realized that their sport was
actually owned by William H.G. "Bill" France, and its consequential
growth turned his family into billionaires. In addition to the
sport's earlier races, the book covers NASCAR's first decades of
stock car racing, through 1974–with an astonishing lack of safety
requirements and minuscule race purses paid by Bill France compared
to his gate receipts.
Soft cover, 268 pages. S-1461 $35.00
Auto Racing, I
Gave You the Best Years
of My Life
Award-winning auto-racing columnist
Joyce Standridge has spent nearly 40 years chronicling life as a
racing fan, driver’s wife, car owner and track employee, as well as
Based on hundreds of columns in national
magazines, Joyce takes you on a rollicking ramble to share many
laughs—and a few tears.
Soft cover, 238 pages, 273 B&W
photos from the author’s personal collection.
FAST MEMORIES: Springfield
by Joyce Standridge and Terry Young
For 40 years, between the first thaw and the final frost, thousands
converged at the corner of Clear Lake and Dirksen Parkway in
Springfield, Illinois, to bask in the throaty roar of racing
Springfield Speedway became legendary among racers
as the toughest, fastest little bullring imaginable.
a comprehensive photo journey through the years.
148 pages, 431 B&W photos.
HEMI: A History of Chrysler's Iconic V-8
by Geoff Stunkard
The Hemi is arguably the most iconic American V-8 in
competition history. Employing a talented team of engineers,
Chrysler refined the hemispherical combustion chamber design and
created an engine that produced towering performance. Whether the
Hemi was installed in a Charger, Super Bee, Barracuda, Superbird, or
any number of other cars, the engine dominated in NHRA, NASCAR, and
other forms of competition. And in a production car, the Hemi also
became one of the most feared engines on the street.
Author Geoff Stunkard retraces the fascinating Hemi
competition history and covers the big wins, many championships, and
key developments in the engine's life. First, he delves into the
development and racing exploits of the first-generation 392-ci Hemi
and gives you a behind-the-scenes retrospective of the mammoth
effort and resources that went into developing the 426 Hemi. In
eight months, Al Ekstrand, Tom Hoover, and other engineers took the
426 Hemi from drawing board to race track.
competition, the triumphs and challenges of Don Garlits, Dick Landy,
Sox and Martin, and other drag racers are recounted.
NASCAR competition, the 426 Hemi debuted at the 1964 Daytona 500.
Richard Petty qualified second, lapped the entire field, and won the
race. By the end of the 1964 Grand National season, Hemi-powered
cars amassed 26 race victories. NASCAR stars, such as Richard Petty,
Bobby Isaac, and David Pearson, piloted the 426 Hemi-equipped
Charger 500, Charger Daytona, Plymouth Superbird, and other Chrysler
stock cars to many victories and championships.
the Hemi set speed run records and closed-course speed records at
the Bonneville Salt Flats.
engine powered many classic cars and took many drivers to the
winner's circle and into the history books. This comprehensive Hemi
racing history with never-before-published information is a
must-have for Mopar and racing fans.
Hard cover, 192 pages,
heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.
TOUGH ON THE CIRCUIT
The Autobiography of Bob Trostle:
45 Years of Sprint Car History
by Bob Trostle with Larry Weeks
Foreword by Doug Wolfgang
The full story
of renowned car builder and owner Bob Trostle‘s 45-year career in
sprint cars: Races won and lost, tow vehicles broken and crashed,
race cars and engines built and rebuilt, tales of the people, the
tracks, promoters, the good and the bad.
Hard cover, 400
pages, 247 color and B&W photos.
THE MILWAUKEE MILE
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
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.
180 images, 128 pages.
RED CLAY AND DUST: The Evolution of
Southern Dirt Racing
by Gary L Parker
history of automobile racing on dirt tracks in the southern United
The book focuses on the first dirt cars of the late
1950s, the "Late Models," the "Super Late Models," and on the dirt
tracks and series.
Included are short biographies of 25
famous drivers, with 92 photographs.
Soft cover, 182 pages.
Dirt Championship Cars
by Bob Mays
No form of American auto racing has a longer
or more prestigious history than the dirt champ car. No form of
racing photography has a longer or more respected history than the
posed photograph. This book follows the history of the Big Car from
1946 to 1987 and features some of the most recognizable stars and
cars from the greatest era in racing.
The good, the bad; the
winners, the losers; the champions and their chariots are featured
in the moments before the call to fire engines.
Many of the
best shots from the top photographers in the history of the sport
are presented in a format that lends itself to the study of the man
and a critical analysis of the machine just before the battle on
some of the most impressive speedromes ever carved into the earth.
Hard cover, 231 pages, black and white photographs.
Tales from the
Drag Strip: Memorable Stories from the
Greatest Drag Racer of All Time
by Don Garlits with Bill
Since the moment that young
men began modifying and personalizing their automobiles back in the
1940s and ‘50s, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits was squarely in the thick of
this intoxicating pursuit. By the time he had built his first
serious dragster, drag strips were popping up all over the country –
primitive at best – but wild and untamed racing venues where
home-built creations laid the groundwork for today's
multimillion-dollar high-performance industry.
last 50 years, Big Daddy has been on the move, traveling from coast
to coast with his series of "Swamp Rat" Top Fuel dragsters,
electrifying fans and adding to his already immense legend as an
innovator, a visionary, and a champion. In 2001, during the NHRA's
50th anniversary, Garlits was named the No. 1 racer on the list of
the 50 Greatest Drivers in History. And at that year's U.S.
Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the sport's most prestigious
event, Big Daddy achieved what may be his most cherished personal
milestone, covering the quarter-mile in less than five seconds at
more than 300 miles per hour for the first time in his storied
career. Tales from the Drag Strip with Don Garlits is a first-person
account of the many memorable experiences this drag-racing icon has
lived through in his half-century of nitro methane-fueled exploits.
The many races, racers, race fans and race tracks that have touched
his colorful career are recounted as only Big Daddy can, painting a
vivid picture of his life at speed and the triumphs and tragedies
that came along the way. Insightful, ironic, humorous, touching –
but all true – Garlits’ remembrances are the next best thing to
reliving the glory days of America's quickest and fastest
motorsports through the eyes of an American institution.
Hard cover, 168 pages
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United States Auto Club: Fifty Years of
Speed and Glory
When Midgets Were Mighty
Thunder from the Fifties
Sprint Car Classics, Vol. 1
Sprint Car Thrills, Vol. 1
Midget Auto Classics
Roar from the Sixties Vol. 1
Roar from the Sixties Vol. 2
Roar from the Sixties Vol. 3
NEW Classic Racing Videos HERE
1965-1967 USAC Indy Car Highlights
1968 Rex Mays 150 Indy Car Race
1970-1976 USAC Indy Car Highlights
Stock Car Racing USA
Watson - Sheraton Thompson Special
Photographs by Peter Harholdt, text by
Donald Davidson, foreword by A.J. Foyt
Part of a collectible series of high-quality books on special
race cars. This series is for people who like cars, period. Each
book in the Monograph Series examines one significant automobile and
the incredible history that surrounds it.
car took the checkered flag at the 1964 Indianapolis 500, it was to
be the last triumph for a front-engined car in the world’s most
famous race. Displayed just as it last raced, graced with lots of
patina and pockmarked paint, the Sheraton Thompson Special truly
represents the end of a fondly remembered era in American racing.
The fourth installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph
series was written by the Speedway’s official historian, Donald
Davidson, who interviewed legendary mechanic George Bignotti,
chassis-building master A.J. Watson, and the man who created the
car’s classic paint job, Dean Jeffries, to get the full story of
this legendary car. Foyt adds an insightful foreword recalling that
day in May and his memories of the car in which he secured the
second of his record-setting four Indy 500 victories.
cover, 11x11”, 32 pages.
Photographs by Peter Harholdt, text by Bob Varsha, foreword by Dan
of a collectible series of high-quality books on special race cars.
This series is for people who like cars, period. Each book in the
Monograph Series examines one significant automobile and the
incredible history that surrounds it.
In 1967 Dan Gurney gained a permanent place among America's greatest
racing heroes. Driving his Gurney-Weslake Eagle, he won the Belgian
Grand Prix and became the only American to win a modern-era European
Grand Prix race in an American car. In doing so he defeated such
legends as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, and Jackie Stewart,
more established teams like Ferrari and Lotus, and conquered the
menacing Spa-Francorchamps circuit itself, much of which was made up
of dangerous and narrow public roads that the racers traversed at
speeds approaching 200 mph.
This addition to the Stance &
Speed Monograph series is written by broadcasting veteran Bob
Varsha, known to American racing fans as the voice of Formula One
races on Speed TV for more than a decade.
As always, the
photography of Peter Harholdt enhances the classic beauty of the
car, while Gurney himself adds a foreword in which he reflects on
this remarkable car and his legendary accomplishment.
cover, 11x11”, 32 pages.
Life So Far
Growing up in a small town
in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Ken Squier had two passions,
radio and race cars. He took his love of broadcasting and
motorsports out into the world, forging them into a career that
spanned 60 years and took him to the top of the sports broadcasting
industry. Along the way he helped create the largest independent
motorsports broadcasting companies in the world.
inspiration and mentor to countless racers and aspiring
broadcasters, Ken is an icon in the racing world. And he has grown
his single local Vermont radio station into a network of stations
that serve the community and state he loves.
features interviews with Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Darrell
Waltrip, Richard Childress, Ricky Craven, Dave Moody, Barney Hall,
Beaver Dragon, Robbie Crouch, Allen Bestwick, Humpy and Patti
Wheeler, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Dick Berggren, and
Color, 70 min. plus bonus clips.
Motorsports Art by
Holiday Special: $50.00
Second to One:
All But For Indy
Freeman and Gordon Kirby
Second to One:
All But For Indy is a set of remarkable stories of 40 racing drivers
who but for a stroke of bad luck, an unfortunate last-minute
mistake, or just the intervention of fate, were never able to win
America’s greatest race, the Indianapolis 500.
Written by automotive historian
Joseph Freeman and racing journalist Gordon Kirby, with a foreword
by Michael Andretti, it is a beautifully produced hard cover book
covering the years 1911-2014. The book celebrates the careers of
these 40 great competitors, who in many cases were true champions,
having won many other important races, scoring numerous wins and
championships on a wide range of racetracks, from road courses and
high-banked board speedways to the local dirt track “bullrings” at
the heart of American racing history.
select group of men includes names such as Earl Cooper, America’s
first three-time National Champion; Harry Hartz, a national
title-winner who finished second no fewer than three times and
became a winning car owner; Lou Moore, whose team was to enter
winning cars for three straight years; and great champions such as
Ted Horn, Rex Mays, Tony Bettenhausen, Eddie Sachs, Len Sutton, Dan
Gurney, Michael Andretti, Paul Tracy and a host of others.
Second to One also provides an
intriguing look at the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500 and
includes an appendix of “Second To One” existing cars.
Hard cover, 400+ archival images, 303
Flat Out and Half Turned
Over: Tales from Pit Road with Buddy Baker
by Buddy Baker and
Driving phenomenon Buddy Baker details the most
hilarious collection of racing stories, memories, and anecdotes ever
Read about the bumps and brawls; the blood,
sweat, and tears; and the practical jokes that happen behind the
scenes from the very drivers, owners, crew chiefs, and pit crew that
make up the heart and soul of stock car racing.
book, readers will find names like Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, A.
J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, and Tiny Lund, along with racing icons
Petty and Earnhardt.
A must-read for racing buffs of all
Hard cover, 192 pages.
from the INDY 500
Hear the excitement, the drama, the
interviews from racing's greatest event, from 1911 to 1974.
fascinating collection of rare "500" history from 1911-1974. The
late Sid Collins, former Voice of the 500, narrates a historical
look at the races from 1911-1941, and a more detailed revisiting of
the races from 1946-1974. Each of the post WWII races features a few,
if not several minutes of actual audio from the Mutual Radio Network
or the I.M.S. Radio Network.
There are also broadcast
excerpts and interviews with famed drivers such as Bill Vukovich,
Jimmy Clark, and A.J. Foyt, as they actually took place on the
Running approximately 1 hour & 20 minutes, this recording was
originally released on record, 8-Track, and cassette. It has been
digitally remastered and restored and released on compact disc.
Sounds of Sanford
Jets - Dragsters - Hot Rods
Recorded at the Drag Races,
October 14, 1962, Sanford, Maine
Featuring Walt Arfon's Green Monster Jet, SRC Dragster, 99 Jr.
Racing Team 1320 Engineering Special, Miller Racing Team Special,
Disisit Special, #2 Son Atomic Engineering Special, Bluebird
Special, Ali Baba II, Pink Hog, Tappets, and many others.
It didn't matter what size the drag
strip was. It didn't matter whether it was an old airport landing
strip or not. What mattered was that a man by the name of Walt
Arfons wanted to mount an aircraft jet engine on a drag-racing
chassis. What mattered was the hair raising on your arms and the
constant pounding on your body as the engine built up the RPMs that
would propel Walt through the light beams that would give us all the
E.T.s and miles per hour of another breath-taking run. Just when the
overflow crowd felt that peak of excitement, a bystander is heard to
yell "Wow..." and all hell breaks loose and through the timers went
the Green Monster in a little over 4 seconds and well over 200 miles
Like Arfons, every drag racer in
that era earned his (or her) spurs through an unbelievable desire to
create a better, faster and safer vehicle. They paved the way to the
Super Drag Strips of today. And those experiments brought out speeds
of over 300 miles per hour and E.T.s so low as not to be believed –
in just 1320 feet.
Original recordings were digitally
remastered and restored and released on compact disc.
GUIDE TO NORTHERN & CENTRAL
Pavement: 38 Active Ovals, Drag Strips
& Road Courses
Photography and text by Saroyan
Foreword by Kyle Larson
A visually striking guidebook featuring 38 active raceways in
one of the most diverse and competitive regions of the United States
– California, from north of the Grapevine Pass to the Oregon border.
The unique character of each track comes to life in over 250
color photographs. The text outlines each track’s current activities
with interesting facts, quotes and historical highlights.
timeline also gives a brief account of the history of motorsports in
Northern and Central California.
Soft cover, 430 pages.
Ford Drag Racing in
by Charles R.
The 1960s was arguably the most important decade for drag racing. It
had exciting cars, thrilling races, rapidly changing technology, and
most important, factory participation. Among the best
high-performance cars and engines were those coming from Dearborn,
Michigan. Ford Motor Company's "Total Performance Years" saw a
breakthrough as Ford's drag racing program helped the younger,
performance- and style-conscious consumer begin receiving some
recognition on the street, and of course, generate sales in the
Factory participation in drag racing pushed the envelope for
high-performance developments. In this new paperback edition, Ford's
FE-series engine, Police Interceptors, GT 390, 427 SOHC, 428 Cobra
Jet, and Boss 429 are all covered in detail. See the cars and the
drivers that made them famous: Dick Brannan's Goldfinger,
Bill Lawton's Mystery Mustang, "Dyno Don" Nicholson's
Eliminator Comet, Gas Ronda's stretched Mustang, and Al Joniec's
Batcar. Follow the progression from the early Starliners to the
factory lightweight Galaxies to the Thunderbolts, Shelby Cobras,
Mustangs, and more.
Accomplished journalist and lifelong
Ford aficionado Charles Morris takes you back to the "Total
Performance Years" through first-hand accounts and with more than
400 rare photographs. A drag racer since 1966, Morris has been a
crewmember for a Top Alcohol Funny Car and a Pro/Stock team, and has
run cars in Stock, Super Stock, and Nostalgia Super Stock classes.
This book is a must-read for all drag racing fans, not just Ford
Soft cover, 168 pages, color and B&W photos.
WILDEST SHOW RODS OF THE 1960S AND 1970S:
Analysis and Opinions from George Barris, Darryl Starbird, Candy Joe
Bailon, and Others
by Scotty Gosson
The 1960s and 1970s were
a time of artistic excess. Crazy outfits, new-found freedoms of the
boomer generation, and the hippie movement all created an explosion
of style completely unique to the period and generation. The 1960s
and 1970s were also a time of intense automotive enthusiasm. New car
launches every September were greeted with anticipation, muscle cars
with excessive horsepower were the norm, and the average Joe was
rodding and racing every weekend.
When these two forces came together, the
results were unforgettable. A new breed of car was developed: the
Show Rod. These creations were never intended for use on the
streets, and many of them were never intended for any use at all.
Customizers designed and built them to attract huge crowds to the
big car show circuit that was traveling the country at the time, and
in that they certainly succeeded.
What began as visions of
futuristic cars eventually morphed into cartoon-like representations
of cars. Things got wilder when the model car industry got involved,
and then television shows and pop music acts jumped in too. Icons
like Barris and Roth, household names even to fringe car guys, made
their name in this era, as did others like Gene Winfield, Dean
Jeffries, Candy Joe Bailon, Bob Reisner, Darryl Starbird and Tom
Daniel, all important characters in promoting, designing and
building these insane pieces of rolling artwork. This unique book is
a round-table discussion featuring these great customizers
discussing the era, their builds, and each others rods as well.
Soft cover, 160 pages, many full-color photos.
BUILDING HOT RODS: 30 Years of Advice
from Fatman Fabrication's Brent VanDervort
by Brent VanDervort
For over 14 years, Brent VanDervort,
owner of Fatman Fabrications, has written a technical column for the
Goodguy's Gazette, the monthly publication of the Goodguys Rod &
Custom Association. This combines the best of those columns into one
Hot rodding has changed from being
primarily populated by the mechanics and hands-on workers of years
ago. Today, many Rodders have the enthusiasm, but lack practical
experience for the problem-solving that makes building a hot rod
such an enjoyable adventure.
VanDervort's columns, respected and well read all these years, are
designed to answer the questions of those car builders and
customizers. An engineering degree and 30 years of experience
designing and building some of the most innovative hot rod chassis
components in the world give VanDervort a unique perspective on the
technical side of hot rodding.
Building Hot Rods gives both new and experienced hot rodders
and car builders the information they need. Whether it's help
installing a front frame clip in an old Ford, or solving a problem
with an aftermarket fuel injection system installed in a early
Mustang, the answers that current car builders need are all here.
144 pages, 200 color and B&W photos and
Denny Zimmerman Grey
Primer # 66
Sands, Terry Austin, Frank Orth
Randall is forbidden to go near a race track by his mother, who is
still grieving the loss of her husband, a champion driver who
perished in an accident at the Indianapolis Speedway. He goes to
work for his dad's former mechanic, Breezy Bradley, who now repairs
Midget race cars in California.
Johnny is tempted onto the
track and everyone is amazed at the boy's ability. To conceal his
identity from his mother, Johnny dons a mask, and a mysterious
masked driver wins every major race. Things are going great, until a
rival team orders its drivers to deliberately send Johnny into a
Johnny Sands headlines this
PRC production which features fine Midget racing footage, a sport
that was drawing 45 million spectators a year in the 1940s. One-half
Cherokee Indian, Sands chose his stage name because of his love of
the beach. His most famous role was playing opposite Shirley Temple
in 1947's The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer.
THE LAST DAYS OF HENRY
by Henry Dominguez
Award-winning author and Ford historian Henry Dominguez
delivers a huge amount of new information, and revealing family
detail in The Last Days of Henry Ford.
over 100 images, including the only known color image of Henry Ford
Hard cover with dust jacket, 366 pages.
back cover endorsements
Riverside International Raceway:
A Photographic Tour of the Historic Track,
Its Legendary Races,
and Unforgettable Drivers
A beautiful photographic
history of one of racing’s greatest lost tracks.
coffee table book, 208 pages, color and B&W photos.
Stock Car Racing in the '50s:
Pictures and Memories From Western
New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania
by Ford Easton
Stock car racing truly came into
its own in the 1950s. At the end of the War, the economy rebounded,
and junkyards were filling up with worn-out cars as people started
to invest in new ones to replace them.
A very competitive stock
car could be purchased at the junkyard for $25 and with another $75,
a clever builder could make it race ready. Teams of weekend warriors
could compete head to head against well-funded, highly trained teams
and have a real shot at winning.
It was a perfect
combination: knowledgeable mechanics and fearless drivers in cars
that the public recognized from their daily life. These men and
women entertained, awed, and inspired a generation of "motor heads"
and race fans.
This book, which includes 48 tracks in
Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania, is a tribute to the
drivers and other figures who shaped stock car racing in that region
in the 1950s.
Soft cover, 230 pages, B&W photos.
The Story of America’s
Most Unusual Oil Company
by Charles Seims and Alan Darr
Can you believe that there once was an oil
company that everyone loved? From the Roaring Twenties until the end
of WWII, the Gilmore Oil Company provided its 3,500 stations in
California, Oregon and Washington with much more than gas and oil.
There were clowns, circuses, lions (even an airborne one), parades,
and a host of giveaways and wacky promotions that gave children and
adults alike a smile.
The Gilmore story reads
like a fairy tale. From its beginnings in the 1890s as a dairy
ranch, the family property in West Los Angeles became an oil field,
refinery, sports and entertainment complex and a currently
world-class shopping experience. On “Gilmore Island” as it was
known, Earl Bell Gilmore built a baseball field, Farmers Market,
drive in theater and the first purpose-built stadium ever
constructed for Midget auto racing.
Gilmore advertised his oil
products aggressively in print and radio media, but the bulk of his
advertising dollar was spent sponsoring motor sports–and that meant
backing winners. The famous Gilmore Red Lion logo adorned race cars
at Gilmore Stadium, Legion Ascot Raceway in L.A. and at Indianapolis
(five times a winner) and Bonneville Salt Flats. The company boasted
that 253 automobile and aircraft racing records had been broken with
Gilmore’ sponsorship–and gas in the tank.
Sold to Mobil Oil during WWII, Gilmore
stations faded away, and with them a colorful era. Here is the
complete Gilmore story, with hundreds of vintage photographs, and
many color images of Gilmore collectibles. Authors Charles Seims and
Alan Darr spent ten years compiling this book. In these pages,
Gilmore roars again. Hard cover,
240 pages and over 300