Bettenhausen & Sons: An American Racing
by Gordon Kirby
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
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.
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500 Memories: An Oral History of
Greatest Spectacle in Racing”
by Art Garner and Marc B. Spiegel
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
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.”
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 racing fan.
cover, 230 pages.
The Life and Legacy of
a Gentleman Racer
by Bob Kehoe
Art Pollard's story deserves to be told, from his humble
beginnings in Dragon, Utah, to his untimely death on Pole Day at
Indianapolis in 1973.
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
For some, Art may be just one more racing
statistic, but for others he was so much more.
I LOVE TO MAKE
DIRT FLY A Biography of
Carl G. Fisher 1874–1939
The fascinating story of serial
entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, who with 3 partners developed the
the Indy 500, as well as creating
Beach, inventing superior car headlights, and other
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
EARLY SPEED KINGS Vol. I
by Gerald Hodges
and stories of 25 of America’s greatest open-wheel drivers, among them George Barringer,
Bob Sweikert, Bill Cheesbourg, Gary Fedewa, Dutch Hoag, Arnie
Knepper, “Iron Mike” Nazaruk,Lee Osborne, Bill Schindler, Robbie
Stanley, and Doug Wolfgang.
cover, 312 pp., 150+ B&W photos.
THE INDY CAR
WARS: The 30-Year Fight for Control of American
by Sigur E. Whitaker
The world of Champ Car auto racing had changed.
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).
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.
The Man Who Saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sigur E. Whitaker
Almost 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.
Until 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 companies.
This biography of Hulman focuses
on his many ventures, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and
Indianapolis 500 and his philanthropy.
Soft cover, 248
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 MILWAUKEE MILE
by Brenda Magee
with foreword by Michael Andretti
Speed has always been the Milwaukee Mile’s hallmark, and the
one-mile oval track has given race fans and drivers thrills, chills,
and memories for 130 years. "The Mile," once a proving ground for
the latest in mechanical engineering, has seen it all: from harness
racing to endurance races, NASCAR, Midgets, Sprints, and Indy open
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.
Second to One: All But For Indy
Joe Freeman and Gordon Kirby
foreword by Michael Andretti
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
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
273 Drivers Speeding Toward
by Bones Bourcier & John Andretti
The tale of The Stinger, a unique
project car with two noble goals: to celebrate the first 100 years
of the Indy 500, and, via the ultimate auction of the car, to
benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
collaboration between driver John Andretti and sponsor Window World,
The Stinger is a 2011 Indy Car dressed in the colors of the Marmon
Wasp that conquered the inaugural 500 in 1911, and adorned with the
signatures of as many 500 veterans as Andretti could locate to
create the greatest rolling autograph collection in motorsports.
The Stinger also includes brief bios of every Indy 500
driver alive at the time of the race’s centennial, a historical
reflection on the first 500; a look at Andretti’s family ties to the
great race; and a fascinating chapter on John’s hunt for this
incredible cast of heroes, from four-time Indy winners to F1 World
Driving Champions to long-retired journeymen.
160 pages, 135 color and B&W photos.
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.
Position – Rex Mays:
The Life of
America’s Most Popular Race Driver and a Long Look Back at American
Auto Racing and Life circa 1931-1949
by Bob Schilling
ten years in the making, this massive book is the thoroughly
researched biography of “arguably the greatest driver of his
generation,” although victory in the Indianapolis 500 eluded him.
Its focus is the two decades of American auto racing and life from
the Great Depression, through World War II and into the Cold War.
In that period, Mays went from boy wonder of the speedways
to elder statesman of the sport, winning 2 AAA National
Championships, 5 AAA Sprint Car Championships, and 4 Indianapolis
pole positions among other achievements before his death at Del Mar
Hard cover, 11 1/2 x 8 3/4, 496 pages, 800 B&W
The People’s Champ:
A Racing Life
by Dave Darland, with Bones Bourcier
Foreword by Tony
Brand New from Coastal 181! The autobiography of one of Sprint Car
racing’s most popular and talented racers. Written with
award-winning motorsports journalist Bones Bourcier, The People’s
Champ charts the course of Darland’s racing life, from
Quarter-Midgets and local Sprint Cars through his remarkable
professional career, including championships in all three of USAC’s
national divisions – Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, and Midgets.
No mere chronological rehashing of a great
driver’s climb, Darland discusses the rivalries that helped shape
his career, the code of conduct he races by, the magic of his
sport’s biggest events, and the joys and stresses of being a husband
and father in a sport that requires frequent travel and intense
focus. The book is illuminated with reflections from “eyewitnesses”
who have seen Darland through the prisms of their own personal and
professional relationships, whether as car owner, mechanic, rival
driver, or family member. Darland’s story is illustrated by dozens
of photographs, many previously unpublished.
cover, 192 pages, 32 pages of black & white and color photos.
KINGS, Vol. 1
Brief but personal portraits
of open-wheel heroes Steve Kinser, Allen Heath, Roy Hibbard, Russell
Hibbard, Tommy Hinnershitz, Joe James, Walt James, Gordon Johncock,
Bubby Jones, Johnny Parsons, Frank Riddle, Jimmy Riddle, Dick “Toby”
Tobias, Rich Vogler, Walt McWhorter, and a detailed tribute to the
late, great Kramer Williamson.
Soft cover, 300 pages, with
157 B&W photos.
McGee: Crew Chief of Champions
Crew Chief of Champions is veteran US racing writer and
award-winning author Gordon Kirby’s latest book, told largely in
McGee's own words. McGee has been one of the most successful crew
chiefs in Indy Car racing history. His cars won 90 races between
1965-2005, including four Indy 500s and nine Indy Car championships.
This book features interviews with all the top drivers and
team owners McGee worked with over his long career, including
championship-winning drivers Mario Andretti (three times), Tom Sneva
(twice), Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal and Nigel
Mansell. This new work also traces McGee's role in the development
of today's big race teams with many employees and fleets of
engineers, in contrast to the three- and four-man teams of the early
It is filled with over 300 images, many never before
published. This is a handsome, hard-bound full-sized book, 288
pages, fully indexed with statistical information charts.
The Year They Stopped
the Indy 500
by Art Garner
noon on May 30th, 1964, the Indy 500 was stopped for the first time
in history by an accident. Seven cars had crashed in a fiery wreck,
killing two drivers, and threatening the very future of the 500.
Noon chronicles one of the darkest and most important days in
auto-racing history. As rookie Dave MacDonald came out of the fourth
turn and onto the front stretch at the end of the second lap, he
found his rear-engine car lifted by the turbulence kicked up from
two cars he was attempting to pass. With limited steering input,
MacDonald lost control of his car and careened off the inside wall
of the track, exploding into a huge fireball and sliding back into
Closing fast was affable fan
favorite Eddie Sachs. "The Clown Prince of Racing" hit MacDonald’s
sliding car broadside, setting off a second explosion that killed
Sachs instantly. MacDonald, pulled from the wreckage, died two hours
After the track was cleared and the
race restarted, it was legend A. J. Foyt who raced to a decisive, if
hollow, victory. Torn between elation and horror, Foyt, along with
others, championed stricter safety regulations, including mandatory
pit stops, limiting the amount a fuel a car could carry, and
tight, fast-paced narrative, Art Garner brings to life the bygone
era when drivers lived hard, raced hard, and at times died hard.
Drawing from interviews, Garner expertly reconstructs the fateful
events and decisions leading up to the sport’s blackest day, and the
incriminating aftermath that forever altered the sport.
Black Noon remembers the race that changed
everything and the men that paved the way for the Golden Age of Indy
Hard cover, 352 pages, some B&W photos.
WICKED FAST - Racing Through Life
with BENTLEY WARREN
as told to Bones Bourcier
foreword by Davey Hamilton
One of the most decorated
short-track drivers of his generation, seven-time champion at New
York’s Oswego Speedway, four-time ISMA series champ, and two-time
Little 500 winner, Bentley Warren is also a self-taught
entrepreneur, merry saloon-keeper, hot-rod Harley rider, and overall
hell-raiser with a heart.
WICKED FAST – written
with Bones Bourcier – brings the reader into Bentley’s world. We
promise, it’s a fun place to visit!
Soft cover, 272 pages,
160 B&W photos.
Special Price: $49.95
LLOYD - The Complete Story of Slow-Talking,
Fast-Driving Lloyd Ruby
by John Lingle
remember his ever-present cowboy hat, laid-back nature and slow,
measured speech. Almost everybody remembers his horrible racing luck
at the Indy 500. But Lloyd Ruby’s career shouldn’t be defined by
just one race.
The “Pride of Wichita Falls” raced across
four decades, capturing over 150 victories, all while staying true
to his roots.
Family, friends, and contemporaries like Mario
Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, and the Unser brothers help to paint
the entire portrait of Lloyd’s life.
cover, 232 pp, 275 color and B&W photos.
Legacy: Four Generations of Speed
by Gordon Kirby
Here is a detailed and personal look
at the Unsers, the most successful family in American auto racing.
Their dynasty was first established on Pikes Peak, where both
Bobby and Al garnered several victories early on in their careers.
Then the brothers went to the world's premier race, the Indianapolis
500, and won a combined seven crowns before their driving days were
The second generation of the family continued the Indy
dominance as Al Unser Jr. won in both 1992 and 1994. Eventually,
Robby Unser became the seventh member of the family to start at the
big Brickyard, and now the newest racing Unser, Alfred Richard Unser
(or ""Just Al"" as he's called), looks to add yet another Unser name
to the Indy 500 competitor list.
Hard cover, 256 pages
OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Revised and Updated Second
Donald Davidson and Rick Shaffer
Indianapolis "500" is much more than merely the best known
automobile race in the world. It is a cherished, time-honored
institution with a glorious history dating back more than 100 years.
Known to most as, quite
simply, "The 500," it has been held every year since 1911, the only
exceptions being 1917-18 and 1942-45, during the two world wars.
in tradition, it has meant many things to many people and has played
an enormous role in the lives of spectators and devotees as much as
for the participants themselves.
half a century, Memorial Day meant either trekking to the track or
else ensuring that whatever other activity was planned for the day,
a radio would always be within earshot. In more recent decades,
settling down in front of the television has been added to the
equation, while it is held now on the Sunday of Memorial Day
participants, it has been a nearly 100-year saga of dreams,
innovation, ingenuity, bravery, triumph, and tragedy. Paupers became
millionaires, young men from small towns and broken homes became
international celebrities, and regrettably, some of them gave their
has endured world wars, depressions, recessions, political strife,
and negative journalism, and yet it continues to draw massive
passionate and emotional crowds, whose loyalty is rewarded with
never-to-be-forgotten moments such as the finishes of 2006 and 2011,
when Dan Wheldon snatched victory on literally the final turn.
then, is the story of the Indianapolis 500 and how it came to be.
This is the story of more than 100 editions of the race,
interspersed with a look at some of the compelling personalities,
some little-known facts, an attempt to document the origins of some
of the traditions, and perhaps even to dispel a few myths.
From Harroun to Franchitti,
it's all here…
cover, 400 pages, 900 color & b&w photos/illustrations
And Other Great Drivers,
by Gerald Hodges
This volume continues the author’s oral history of early
Supermodified drivers, featuring many Midwestern and Eastern
It contains Part One of the Canadian American
Modified Racing Association’s (CAMRA) history 1962-1984, along with
Northwestern drivers Art Pollard, Norm Ellefson, Bob Gregg, Al
Pombo, Dave Strickland, Jerry & Jim Malloy, Hal Minyard, and others.
Soft cover, 274 pages, 137 B&W photos.
And Other Great Drivers,
by Gerald Hodges
Jimmy Shampine is the featured driver. Others included are Baldy
Baker, Rollie Beale, Nolan Johncock, Boyd Arnold, Dick Gaines,
Harold Leep, Dean Mast, Ralph Monhay, Gary Patterson, Sammy
Sessions, Chet Wilson, Hooker Hood, Jay Woodside, Smokey Snellbaker,
Part Two of the CAMRA Series is continued with
photos of all CAMRA champions, statistics,
Soft cover, 290 pages and 186 B&W photos.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ½”, 144 pages,
black & white photos.
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.
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