Indy: The Race and
Ritual of the Indianapolis 500, Second Edition
In a nation that worships the
automobile for the freedom, style, and status that it confers, the
Indianapolis 500, run on or near Memorial Day, is an annual rite of
passage celebrating Americans’ love affair with speed.
recounts the drivers who have gone to Indianapolis (through 2004) to
live their dreams, staking their lives on the outcome. It highlights
the faces in the crowd: hardworking Americans, tinhorn celebrities,
hookers, movie stars, gate-crashers, and five American presidents.
Terry Reed focuses his narrative on the track’s four
quarter-mile-long turns, each the site of triumphs (including those
of such multiple winners as Billy Vukovich, A. J. Foyt, and Helio
Castroneves); grisly deaths (at least sixty-six, including three
unrelated men of the same unusual last name who died in the same
turn but in different decades); and bizarre heroics (like the sans
souci French driver who downed champagne throughout the 1913 Indy
500 and still won). Reed also examines Indy’s confluence of racing
and aeronautics (World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker once
owned the track) and the impact upon the event of such forces as
segregation, gender politics, food, fads, publicity stunts,
world-class partying, and tasteless pop culture.
takes readers on an entertaining, full-throttle ride through the
history of one of the world’s most famous races and one of America’s
most hallowed rituals. It is the definitive account of the crown
jewel of American motorsports.
Soft cover, 258 pages
Regular Price: $100.00
THE BRITISH AT
by Ian Wagstaff
and comprehensive look at the lasting British influence on the
Indianapolis 500 race. The British at Indianapolis recounts
the history of the Indy 500 through the eyes and actions of those
British born or British citizens who have driven in it, or been
involved in any other way – be it as a designer, mechanic, or
It also examines the British-built cars that have
won the Indy 500 and the significance of the rear-engined revolution
brought to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Cooper in 1961, and
elevated to success by Lotus and Lola. It includes such names as Jim
Clark, Graham Hill, Nigel Mansell and 2010 Indy 500 champion, and
two times winner, Dario Franchitti.
Hard cover, 256 pages,
lavishly illustrated with stunning color and B&W photos.
matter of fact, I am
by Parnelli Jones with Bones Bourcier
fans who know the sport’s history, “Parnelli Jones” is synonymous
with speed. Jones’ journey from California jalopy wars to victory
lane at the Indianapolis 500 is the stuff of American motorsports
legend. Now, at last, Parnelli tells the story of his incredible
racing life. Each chapter is introduced by Bourcier to set the scene
and ends with a personal reminiscence by a racer, owner, or friend
who was there, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby and Al
Unser, Bud Moore, Johnny Rutherford, Tony Stewart, and more.
Hard cover, 288 pp, B&W and color photos.
Gold: The Legendary Life
of Troy Ruttman
by Bob Gates
story of the brilliant but tortured Troy Ruttman, one of the most
successful, versatile, accomplished drivers in the history of
auto racing, who soared despite the demons of
alcoholism, injury and loss.
Hard cover, 248 pages, B&W
photos from the Ruttman Family Collection.
EARLY SUPERMODIFIEDS Volume III
by Gerald Hodges
Who of the early supermodified drivers throughout the country, the
book includes an in-depth chapter on the legendary Bentley Warren,
as well as a sections on Johnny Ardis, Armond Holley, Bill Hite, Bob
Osieki, Ollie Silva, and many, many more.
This is an oral
history of early supermodified racing, told by the actual drivers
Soft cover, 175 B&W photos, 276 pages.
The Golden Era to
War: Indianapolis 1925-1941
Two hours of B&W and color footage with music and
narration, plus 40 minutes of never-before- seen bonus footage!
Two-disc DVD. Disc One is approximately 121 minutes in length and
features home movies shot of the Indianapolis 500 from 1925-1941. It
includes footage of every year in this time span, along with a few
still photos. Disc Two bonus material, all filmed at the Speedway
except the Harry Miller shop and building of the Sampson Special,
1926 (?) air race: 3 minutes and 35 seconds, B/W
Harry Miller workshop: 1 minute and 20 seconds, B/W
1928 Hispano-Suiza Stutz race: 5 minutes and 10 seconds, B/W
1929 Louis Meyer test: 54 seconds, B/W
1935 Waukesha Hemphill Schools Comet: 2 minutes and 16 seconds, B/W
1935 color footage: 1 minute and 58 seconds - Color (this footage
was converted to B/W in the feature). Only reds show with hints of
blue and green.
1939 Building of the Sampson 16 Special: 26 minutes and 21 seconds,
B&W and color film from 1925 to 1980, 90 minutes with period
music and narration. Includes:
1925 through 1930; 1932 through 1934; ’37 & ’41, all B&W
1936, ’38, ’39 and ’40 in B&W and color, and 1946 through 1980 ALL
in color! (portions of 1947, ’48 and ’53 are in B&W).
Dawn of the Rear Engine Era:
Jim Clark came to the Speedway in 1963
with Colin Chapman and the Lotus, looking to end the front-engine
era of Indianapolis winners. He came close, finishing second to
Parnelli Jones, who was driving a conventional front-engine
Clark returned in 1964 with Chapman and the
Lotus to qualify on the pole. However, his suspension collapsed
while leading the race, and A.J. Foyt went on to win in his
In 1965, Clark and Chapman came back with the
brand new Lotus 38. This time, Clark hoped to drive the final nail
in the front-engine coffin, ending its winning reign at
Indianapolis. Clark qualified in the middle of the front row and
dominated the race, becoming the first driver to win in a
rear-engine Indy Car. No front-engine car has won the Indy 500
since. Clark’s win was definitely the dawn of an era.
time: 72 min. with 9 min. bonus time.
Golden Victory: (Indianapolis) 1961
After an exciting 500-mile race in 1960 that saw a great battle
between Rodger Ward and eventual winner Jim Rathmann, racing fans
were hoping for a repeat performance in 1961. They were not
“Golden Victory” takes you back to the month
of May 1961 when Rodger Ward, Jim Rathmann, Troy Ruttman, Eddie
Sachs, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Len Sutton, Johnny Boyd and others
competed for the greatest prize in motor racing, the Indianapolis
You will see practice and qualifying with the
fan favorite NOVI, brought back to the speedway by Andy Granatelli;
Eddie Sachs capturing the pole at over 147 MPH; and the heartbreak
of Chuck Arnold and Don Freeland who had the speed to make the field
of 33, only to suffer mechanical problems during their qualifying
runs. With the elite field of 33 decided, all that was left to do
was to run the race itself.
Several drivers would lead
throughout the race, but it was A.J. Foyt and Eddie Sachs who would
put on a fantastic dual that could only end in “Golden Victory” for
one of them on this, the 50th anniversary of the Indy 500.
Runtime: 90 min. with 7 min. bonus time,
Frank Lockhart: American
by Sarah Morgan-Wu and
compellingly self-confident, handsome, gifted race driver, and
mechanical genius named Frank Lockhart has long captured the
imagination and curiosity of generations of automobile racing fans
as a classic example of the “What if he had lived?” enigma. There
remains even today a certain mystery about Frank’s amazing talent
and fearless driving ability. There also have been a sizeable number
of myths about his life that have grown up over the years and have
been repeated so often as to become accepted as the gospel truth.
In a careful historical
effort to set the story straight, authors Sarah Morgan-Wu and Jim
O’Keefe have combined their efforts to delve into all aspects of
Frank’s life and career. They have left no stone unturned in an
attempt to verify every bit of information. It is to their credit
they have uncovered much long forgotten or hidden information that
sheds important light on the true nature of Frank and his remarkable
if all too short flash of brilliance on the stage of American
Lavishly illustrated, with fully
documented charts of Lockhart's race record, extensively detailed
appendices, sourced and fully indexed, this book is truly a
Hard cover, 264 pages, many full-page
the Indianapolis 500:
of the Greatest Indy 500 Stories
Ever Told (Tales from the Team)
by Jack Arute with Jenna Fryer
it like to race across the blacktop of the nation’s most famous
track? How does it feel to smash into a concrete wall while going
over 200 miles per hour?
This exciting, humorous, and
poignant collection of tales takes readers inside the most exciting
race in America. Tales from the Indianapolis 500 captures
horrific collisions and sweet victories from drivers past and
This is an update (through the 2011 Indy 500) of
Jackie’s earlier volume, Jack Arute's Tales from the Indy 500.
It’s a fun way to learn about Indy from the ultimate insider.
Hard cover, 208 pages with 47 B&W photos.
by Ben Lawrence, W.C.
The 1950s and early 1960s are considered by many to be the Golden
Era of Racing at the Indianapolis 500, and photographer Ben Lawrence
was on hand taking photos of the Greatest Spectacle for the
During that era, Ben captured many
images of the race and race events that surrounded the Indy 500. He
was there when Bill Vukovich met his fate in 1955. He photographed
the first Indianapolis 500 Parade, which has become an annual event.
He captured A.J. Foyt winning his first race at the
Brickyard. He was on hand to photograph the breaking of the 150-mph
barrier. Then he saw the transition from the front-engined
Offenhauser to the rear-engined Lotus-Fords, which ended the Golden
Soft cover, 128 pages.
The Illustrated History of
Indianapolis 500, 1911-1994
by Jack C. Fox
reprinted, this classic reference book is the largest and most
complete photo and statistical record ever compiled for cars and
drivers of the Indy 500.
There are over 4,000 photos of all
cars that did, and did not qualify for the race. Complete driver
statistics are included up through 1994.
Hard cover, 384
Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy
by Charles Leerhsen
hundred years ago, 40 cars lined up for the first Indianapolis 500.
We are still waiting to find out who won.
Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of
automobile racing, which was sweeping the country. Daring young men
were driving automobiles at the astonishing speed of 75 miles per
hour, testing themselves and their vehicles. It was indeed a young
man’s game: with no seat belts, hard helmets or roll bars, the
dangers were enormous. When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened
in 1909, seven people were killed, some of them spectators.
Although the 1911 Indy 500 judges declared Ray Harroun, driving a
Marmon Wasp, the official winner, there is reason to doubt that
result. The timekeeping equipment failed, and the judges had to run
for their lives when a driver lost control and his car spun wildly
toward their stand. It took officials two days to determine the
results, and Speedway authorities ordered the records to be
Blood and Smoke is about more than a race, even a race as
fabled as the Indianapolis 500. It is the story of America at the
dawn of the automobile age, a country in love with speed, danger,
and spectacle. It is a story, too, about the young men who would
risk their lives for money and glory, the sportsmen whose antics
would thrill and outrage Americans in those long-ago days when the
automobile was still brand new.
Soft cover, 288 pages.
Still Wide Open, Second
Doty and Dave Argabright
After being out-of-print for several
years, the "Second Edition" of Still Wide Open available again!
“Enhanced and Expanded” is the theme of this volume…it contains the
entire text of the original 1999 release, PLUS two new chapters that
bring you up-to-date with Brad. There is also a brand new cover, an
exciting new look, color photos, and a complete index!
Doty’s story remains one of the most inspiring and powerful in all
motorsports. He soared to the pinnacle of sprint car stardom, only
to be cut down in a devastating 1988 crash. A spinal injury stole
his ability to walk, but as this heartfelt and critically-acclaimed
volume attests, couldn’t diminish his will to live. Foreword by
Steve Kinser, along with insightful words from Ron Shuman, Bruce
Ellis, Ed Haudenschild, Laurie Doty, and the late Paul Wilson.
Hard cover, 288 pages,
including 32 pages of color and b/w photographs.
George Benson: The Racing Years
by George Benson
Racing Years is a 472-page memoir of the life and times of the 1966
Pacific Coast Midget Racecar champion and the remarkable men he
The book covers Motorcycle, Hardtop,
Midget, Sprint Car, Championship Dirt Car and Indy Car racing from
1952 to 1987 and features 157 photos.
Benson recounts his
adventures during the period and shares his thoughts about motor
racing and racecar design. He details race results and the complete
owner history of the GMB Midget racecars he built.
cover, 472 pages, B&W photos.
Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement
by Ralph Kramer
with Preface by Helio Castroneves
Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway, Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement tells
the compelling and entertaining story of the race that has become
known as simply "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Overflowing with eye-popping photographs hand-picked from the
Speedway's mammoth photo archives, and filled with historic,
behind-the-scene stories, you'll revel in the history that has
shaped this amazing event.
Ralph Kramer also authored the
acclaimed companion volume, Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 100
Years of Racing.
cover, 256 pp, color and B&W photos.
His Life in Photographs
In the stunning follow-up to his award-winning biography
Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed, author Michael
Argetsinger recreates Donohue’s remarkable life through hundreds of
brilliant photographs. Many of these pictures were provided by the
people who were closest to Donohue: his family, friends, and Penske
Racing teammates. The book also offers some of the best work by the
top motorsports photographers of the era, who deliver brilliant
images of Donohue with a dazzling array of race cars, and intimate
shots with his team and fellow drivers.
These photos not only offer a uniquely personal view of a
champion, but also reveal details of the cars that he drove and the
preparation that went into racing each of them. These include
everything from his earliest home-built efforts to the highly
refined Camaros, Javelins, and Porsches that made him a champion and
American icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Each image is accompanied by
Argetsinger’s detailed, insightful captions. And Mark’s
contemporaries—including his Penske teammates and fellow drivers Dan
Gurney, George Follmer, David Hobbs, John Surtees, and Bobby
Unser—also offer their recollections and commentary.
Even readers who are already familiar with the life and
legacy of Mark Donohue will be dazzled by this stunning collection
of images and memories. Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs
vividly presents the life and times of an American racing hero.
Hard cover, 160 pages, 126 B&W and
118 color photographs.
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by Bob Gates
This is an inspiring but painfully tragic tale of Indy’s greatest
driver and the two generations of his family following him to the
In 320 pages, packed with 260 photos (72 in
color), the book covers this amazing American racing family from Vukie’s early post-war exploits to Bill III’s death in a sprint car
Hard Cover and Soft
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NEVER LOOK BACK
by Johnnie Parsons with
Gary Delph and Charles C Bolton
In this new book, Johnnie Parsons reveals his innermost thoughts as
he competed against the very best racing drivers in the world during
one of auto racing’s most dangerous eras.
A great insight into the
life and thoughts of “An Auto Racing Champion” with special insights
from Johnnie’s friends and competitors and the story of “the trip
around the world in 80 delays” by IMS historian, Donald Davidson.
Hard cover, 256 pages, 92 photos
EDDIE SACHS, The Clown Prince
By Denny Miller
The Life and Times of one of the World’s Greatest
Drivers, Eddie Sachs. Over 600 pages filled with racing memories,
remarkable photography, and humorous stories about a guy who talked
his way into the cockpit...and into history.
Soft Cover, 625 pages, B&W photos.
Hard Times, Hard Driving
– Dirt Track Racing in the 1930s
by Richard Sharpless and
The dirt track racers who caught the public’s attention in the
Depression years were often local boys. They came from farms and
factories, from small towns and big cities, but they had in common a
fascination with the machine that was fast transforming America. For
them the automobile was a magical machine they could drive into
adventure, fame, and, just possibly, profit. It set them apart as
Along with daredevil drivers and imaginative mechanics with their
homemade cars, the era produced its share of inventive racing
people: weekend enthusiasts who labored for little more than love of
the sport as scorers, timekeepers, pit stewards, and starters. Since
almost everybody had to learn from scratch, it all became a game of
This is the story of that hard times decade, about the drivers and
builders, the promoters and officials, about all those who laid the
foundation for the emergence of big-time racing after the Second
World War. It is a story based on extensive interviews of those who
were there, who did the work of making American automobile racing a
sport of the common man.
Soft cover, 152 pages.
By Keith Herbst
Coastal 181 is extremely proud to have worked so closely with Keith
Herbst to publish this title before he died in June 2009. It is a
beautiful hardcover book, painstakingly researched – a treasure
trove of stories, stats and photos for any midget enthusiast.
Keith Herbst chronicles
The Daredevils—a unique breed of Eastern
and Midwestern race car drivers who met
regularly on the common ground of the
Niagara Frontier to test their mettle.
Daredevils is a visual remembrance of
the excitement and the thrills these
drivers provided to record-breaking
crowds of race fans in the turbulent
1940s and 1950s.
Hardcover, est. 250 pages with
over 400 photographs.
Racers at Rest – the
By Buzz Rose, Joe Heisler,
and Jeff Sharpe
The most significant book ever written on open-wheel oval-track
racing (including midgets, sprints, supermodifieds, roadsters, and
A celebration of life to honor the nearly 1500 who perished while
racing, from 1908 to 2008.
1000 photos and articles, 448 pp, high quality glossy paper, 9”x12”.
Now includes a 64-page supplement with
important new information discovered since 2008 through extensive
The Unfair Advantage
by Mark Donohue
In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from driving at the height of
his racing career to write "The Unfair Advantage," a candid and
revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing –
from amateur SCCA races in his own 57 Corvette to winning the Indy
500 in Roger Penske’s McLaren M16.
Considered a classic, the book was reissued in 2000; this edition
contains over 60 additional photographs and comments from people who
worked and raced with Donohue during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Soft cover, 350 pages, 100+ black and white & color photos.
BRICK BY BRICK – The Story of
Auto Racing Pioneer Joie Ray
by Patrick Sullivan
Joie Ray was a journeyman open wheel driver in the forties and
fifties. He raced widely and well, but took only three checkered
flags and never achieved his ambition of racing at the Brickyard.
Ray was black – the first to break the color barrier with AAA. This
is the passionate story of a gentle, but pioneering American.
The book was published by Dave Argabright.
Soft cover, 208
pages, black and white photography.
Dialed In –The Jan
by John Sawyer
Dialed In –The Jan Opperman Story
re-released in a new edition. According to the publishers it is “a
book that is acknowledged by many as being a classic auto-racing
story. It is filled with passion and pathos, sometimes humorous,
The Jan Opperman story is one of never giving up and having faith in
a divine being.
It provides the reader the rare opportunity to peer behind the
glamorous facade of auto racing and meet the inner man.
The friendship between narrator and author is evident and while much
of the book is Jan’s own words, John Sawyer has carefully authored
them. From a teenage street fighter, motorcycle flat track racer and
hippie to respected Sprint car driver and Indy 500 racer - Jan
Opperman's story is remarkable, entertaining and difficult to put
5 1/2" x 8 ˝”, 144 pages,
black & white photos.
My Road to Indy
by Len Sutton
Coastal 181 is very
pleased to be offering this newly reprinted edition of Len Sutton’s
spectacular racing autobiography.
With insight and intelligence, Len has chronicled his incredible
road through early open wheel racing to the infamous Indy roadster,
to the advent of rear engine design.
There are 175 photographs throughout this hardcover book and an
introduction by Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Speedway historian.
by Doug Wolfgang
with Dave Argabright
winner of five Knoxville Nationals, is one of the finest sprint car
drivers of all time; Dave Argabright is one of the finest writers.
This is a brand new and haunting volume, full of the intensity,
triumph, tragedy, and controversy so much a part of the sport.
Hard cover, 300
pages, color and B&W photos.
Damn Few Died in Bed
by Andy Dunlop and Thomas
The remarkable story of Andy Dunlop, a master mechanic and crew
chief who spent almost 50 years in American automotive competition.
In a book that captures the essence of American dirt track racing,
Saal's skillful interviews with Dunlop bring out the highs and lows
of the amazing life of a chief mechanic on the championship trail in
the Fifties and Sixties.
This volume is a true testament to Andy and many others who lived
and sometimes died on the edge, preparing cars and driving them to
Hardcover, 300 pages, with
B&W and color photos, 7 1/4' x 10 1/4"
Harry A. Miller
By Gordon E. White
Harry A. Miller designed racing
cars that were among the finest of the golden age of
American auto racing for nearly two decades. This book
portrays Miller's racing cars of the glorious roaring
twenties along with his speedboat and aircraft engines
- even his design for a high-speed combat vehicle engine.
An exciting collection of photos of the work of one
of America's mechanical geniuses, along with commentary
on Miller's work by auto racing historian Gordon Eliot
Soft cover, 142 black & white
Wooden Rails & Rooster Tails: An Autoracing Anthology
by Earl C. Fabritz & Allan
Travel into the past and read about the beginnings of auto racing.
This book is a collection of short stories previously published in
magazines over the last twenty plus years.
By putting them in a book, you can understand the history behind the
race tracks, men and machines which created a foundation for today's
modern auto racing.
Included are several stories about the Mile and racing in Milwaukee
& Wisconsin area, and there is also a story on the Fresno,
California's mile dirt track and Sioux City, Iowa's two-mile dirt
Hard cover. 136 pages, 9” by 6”, black and white photos throughout.
The Iron Duke
George and Barbara Peters’ energetic new historical racing book
details the incredible career of Duke Nalon, 1934-1954.
just as big as they come in midgets, sprinters, and champ cars. He
won several AAA titles and capped his career with a 100 mile midget
win at Terra Haute.
The Iron Duke’s most infamous laps, however,
were behind the wheel of the ultra-powerful, man-eating Novi entries
at Indy. He snatched the pole position twice, took home a third, and
lived through it. Duke Nalon was the best record of any of the Novi
Soft cover, 270 pages – vintage B&W photography throughout