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
Temporarily out of stock
until November 27.
will ship then.
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.
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
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 Living Legend.”
130 pages, 100 Black & white and color photos.
Remembering the Kid
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.
Fantastic gift for the
history buff on your
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.
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.
by Thom Ring
Thom Ring’s latest novel in the
RED RACECAR young-adult book-series, DINOSAUR RACING,
tells the story of Tony Stella, who’s bored stiff. He lives in the
Golden Acres Residential Community, an "old-folks" home he calls
"the waiting room to heaven." He hates it. He longs for some
excitement, and he knows where he'll find it: Spring Valley
Speedbowl, where he was a multi-time champion as a racecar builder
Stella decides he'll build a new car – a new car
built the same old way as the Late Models he drove to his
championships. But Tony won’t be driving now. He signs Dale Hammond,
a high-school kid just named The Bowl’s Late Model rookie of the
year – days before losing the high-buck, top-shelf ride that took
him to the title.
Can the young gun and the old warrior team
up so that Dale can avenge being dumped and Tony can avoid making
bingo the most exciting thing he does all day? Can the two find
common ground between the past and the future? And what's Santa got
to do with it?
Ring, a vocational counselor as well as
occasional Midget racer, wrote DINOSAUR RACING to give boys
and young men something they might really want to read.
cover, 192 pages, ages 12-15.
On Top of the World:
The Life and Times
of a Racing Pioneer
by Larry Moore
with Dave Argabright
Across four decades Larry Moore
was synonymous with winning, innovation, and a larger-than-life
personality. In this groundbreaking book Larry opens up to share the
story of his fascinating life and career, and how the booming sport
of dirt late model racing began. Larry reaches deep inside himself
to reveal a complex man who rose to stardom in a complex sport. This
isn't just fun and games; Larry describes the lowest lows right
along with the soaring highs.
It would be difficult to find
anyone in racing who has had a career quite like Larry Moore. On the
dirt he was phenomenal, the first repeat winner of the World 100 and
the first to win it three times. Today he is regarded as one of the
greatest dirt drivers in history. Yet he was also an accomplished
pavement racer, winning against the best in ARCA, ASA, and USAC. He
also proved his mettle in USAC sprint car competition. Few racers
have followed such a diverse path, and even fewer were as
successful. Readers will also find themselves mesmerized by the
story of one of the greatest personalities in the history of short
This is one of the most entertaining books Dave
Argabright has produced. Hilarious, tragic, outrageous, colorful,
revealing...this is the story of a man who has truly stood...On
Top Of The World.
Hard cover, 336 pages, 32 pages of
color and b/w photos.
Memoir of a Fan
by Bob Englehart
What compels a
young man or woman to spend ungodly amounts of money driving a
racecar every weekend at the local track, risking life and limb at
150 miles an hour, entertaining friends and total strangers?
Author and editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart had to find out
after witnessing the tragic wreck that killed Boston-area driver
Shane Hammond at Thompson International Speedway in April 2008.
This non-fiction book explores a slice of American culture, the
short-track racing obsession, and how the author became a fan as a
child, bedridden for a year by rheumatic fever, with only his
imagination, pencils, and watercolors to pass the time. The author
writes about his parents’ divorces and remarriages during an era
when divorce was rare, giving him and his brother Tim a stigma in
their neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
discovers the extraordinary motivation behind Shane Hammond’s desire
to race through a chance encounter with his mother and younger
brother in the pits at the last race of the season.
Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan is about love of family in spite of
the complexity and confusion it may involve and the author’s working
class heroes on the track. This isn’t NASCAR; this is your neighbor.
Soft cover, 252 pages.
MODIFIED STOCK CAR RACING OF THE '60S
'70S: An Illustrated History Featuring the Drivers, Cars, and
Tracks of the Northeastern U.S.
the first illustrated history of the Northeast's favorite division –
the modifieds. The author covers the region's best-loved drivers and
their cars, including Richie Evans in his “Big Orange” No. 61; Geoff
Bodine and his No. 99 Valiant; Jean Guy Chartrand and his Hemi-Cuda;
Carl “Bugsy” Stevens in Sonny Koszela's No. 15 “Woodchopper
Special;” Connecticut short track specialists Dave Alkas in the
Roland Cyr Coach No. 54; Tony Membrino in Walt Kuryn's famous No.
00; New Hampshire's Punky Caron and his No. 121 Coupe; Don LaJoie
and the No. 711; “Dynamite” Ollie Silva and his radically offset
Gremlin; and others!
Many lesser-known drivers and their
machines are covered as well, on the tracks of Stafford Motor
Speedway, Thompson Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl, Danbury Racearena,
Seekonk Speedway, Riverside Park Speedway, Westboro Speedway,
Plainville Stadium, Monadnock Speedway, Islip Speedway, Trenton
Fairgrounds and many other Northeast speedways including a few of
the dirt tracks like Reading Fairgrounds and the Nazareth Speedway.
An absolute must for anyone who followed theNortheast’s
wheelmen in the glory days.
Soft cover, 128 pages, 350 B&W and color
The Life and Times of the "Kutztown Komet":
The Freddy Adam Story
by Paul Weisel Jr.
Race fans in
eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York from the 1950s
through the 1980s will remember Kutztown, Pennsylvania's favorite
son, Freddy Adam. Dubbed the “Kutztown Komet,” Freddy started his
racing career in 1950 at the famed Yellow Jacket Speedway in
Philadelphia, captured the last modified stock car championship on
the tight 1/5 mile asphalt bullring at Dorney Park in Allentown,
became a three-time champion on the high-banks at Hatfield, and won
the 1964 Race of Champions modified stock car event on the mile dirt
track at Langhorne.
Freddy was a regular competitor
throughout the Reading Stock Car Association days at the Reading
Fairgrounds, twice runner-up for the track championship with 20
career wins at the Fairgrounds, and was the only driver to have
competed at the Reading Fairgrounds in every RSCA-sanctioned season.
Author Paul Weisel currently serves as a historian with the
Eastern Auto Racing Historical Society in Orefield, PA, but over the
years has viewed the Eastern auto racing scene from an assortment of
vantage points. From open cockpit racer, to speed shop proprietor,
to race track promoter, Weisel offers a first-hand perspective on
The Life and Times of the Kutztown Komet and he relates Freddy's
story from a historical point of view. He knows what it's like to
pull the safety belts tight, he's built, repaired, and restored race
cars, he's counted cars and fans at his own promotions, and he knows
how a Pennsylvania Dutchman thinks!
Soft cover, 192 pages,
Back in Print!
Life Wide Open
Dave Dion: No Holds Barred
by Dave Dion with Dave Moody
autobiography proves conclusively why he is considered the most
popular Late Model driver in the Northeast.
Working with long time announcer and journalist Dave Moody, Dion
talks passionately about his racing career and his family's personal
struggle with alcoholism, the
Vietnam War, and the pressures of decades on the road.
Loaded with photography, it is the classic story of a rugged
individualist who pieces
together a moral code far more precious than the silver in his
hundreds of trophies.
Soft Cover, 224 pages with
over 100 black and white photos.
Price was: $19.95
SuperSpecial: $ 14.95
BUGSY! — The Life and
of Bugs Stevens, three-time NASCAR
National Modified Champion
By Bones Bourcier
everywhere know the legendary name Bugsy Stevens, and
his amazing story has at last been told. Whether tooling
around the tiny bull rings in Texas while in the service,
or driving the famous NASCAR ovals nearer his Massachusetts
home, or competing on the high banks of Daytona International,
Bugsy Stevens did it all with the skill of a seasoned
professional and the merriment of a Saturday night beer
Stevens’ perspective is profound and touching,
as he deals deeply with issues such as racing ethics,
driving styles, track types, and even the deaths of
so many of his buddies. Told to his friend Bones Bourcier,
an internationally acclaimed motorsports journalist.
232 pages, over 150 photos
Modified Racing’s Fastest Professor
Rivals, teammates, friends, and family members
recall one of America’s most influential
short-trackers, a man who won hundreds of features
in modified racing’s glory days.
Contributors include NASCAR Cup winners Pete
Hamilton and Ron Bouchard, legendary team owner
Junie Donlavey, modified icons Gene Bergin and Bob
Judkins, broadcaster/promoter Jack Arute, and many
Bones Bourcier is the author of acclaimed
biographies on Tony Stewart, Richie Evans, and Bugsy
Stevens; Steady Eddie promises to be another
Soft cover, black and white photos,
Soft Cover Version
I'LL NEVER BE LAST AGAIN
– My journey from dirt-poor dairy farmer to NASCAR National Champion
to Lifelong Entrepreneur
by Bill Wimble with Lew
The two-time NASCAR National Sportsman Champion spins tales of his
incredible journey from a New York dairy farm near the Canadian
border to the short tracks and superspeedways along the East Coast,
to his honored career as an entrepreneur in New York and Florida.
200-plus pages, 130 black and white photos.
The Fast Life and Times of NASCAR's
Greatest Modified Driver
By Bones Bourcier
From farm boy to nine-time
NASCAR National Champion, Richie Evans raced through life in the
fast lane. Motorsports biographer Bones Bourcier was along for much
of the ride as a reporter, observer and friend, and now he tells the
complete and unabridged story of the man voted “NASCAR's greatest
Weaving together over 300 photographs and excerpts from hundreds of
hours of interviews with competitors, crew members, friends and
family members, “RICHIE!” takes us on a virtual journey back to the
time when modifieds ruled and Evans was King. This is the perfect
gift for racing fans of all ages.
Soft cover, over 350 pages
STARS ARE BORN – Celebrating 25
Years of NASCAR Weekly Racing
by Paul Schaefer
The first book ever on the short
track heroes who became NASCAR
Weekly Series national champions
– stars like Larry Phillips, the
Kosiski brothers, and Ted
Christopher, tracing their
challenges and triumphs on dirt
and asphalt ovals across the
Also includes a chapter listing
the drivers voted by the media
as the All-Time Top 25 drivers
in Weekly Series history,
including Richie Evans, who is
still considered the greatest
asphalt Modified driver in
Stories, photos, and 25-year
Top-10 race records for each
Soft cover, 176 pages, 100+
THE OLD MASTER:
the Frankie Schneider Story
with Dennis Keenan
Dennis Keenan has done an extraordinary job in recapturing the long
and colorful racing life of Frankie Schneider, the East Coast’s
undisputed King of the Modifieds.
The story starts at Flemington, NJ in 1947 in a battered ’37 Ford
coach with numbers drawn in lipstick. It weaves year by year to the
present, including Grand National, convertible, open wheel, and road
racing adventures, all over the country.
It ends up with Frankie’s surprise 80th birthday. It becomes crystal
clear to the reader that, regardless what happens to racing in the
future, there will never be another Frankie Schneider.
March 2016! Soft cover, 235+ black and white photos, 222 pages.