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THE PINE: The Authorized Biography of Jim Shampine, the Greatest Open Wheel Short Tracker of All Time

Just Call Me Rags: Rags Carter’s Racing Life

Buck Simmons:
The Living Legend

Remembering the Kid from Fitchburg

A History of Auto Racing
in New England

Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could


On Top of the World:
The Life and Times of a Racing Pioneer

Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan

'60S & '70S

The Life and Times of
the “Kutztown Komet”:
The Freddy Adam Story

Life Wide Open
Dave Dion: No Holds Barred

The Life and Times of Bugs Stevens, three-time NASCAR
National Modified Champion


The Fast Life and
Times of NASCAR's
Greatest Modified Driver

WHERE STARS ARE BORN Celebrating 25 Years of NASCAR Weekly Racing

the Frankie Schneider Story

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Price: $24.95

THE PINE: The Authorized Biography of Jim Shampine, the Greatest Open Wheel Short Tracker of All Time

by Andy 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 drawing.

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 at Oswego.

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 pages.

Price: $16.00

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 Fame.

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.

Soft cover, 96 pages, 67 B&W photos.

Price: $22.95

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 Living Legend.”

Soft cover, 130 pages, 100 Black & white and color photos.

Price: $27.95

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 there.

Soft cover, 264 pages, 100 B&W photos. 

Price: $34.95
Fantastic gift for the
history buff on your list!

A History of Auto Racing in New England

- A Project of the North East
Motor Sports Museum

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

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

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

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

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

Proceeds benefit NEMSM.

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

Price: $12.95

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.

Price: $9.95


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 and driver.

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.

Soft cover, 192 pages, ages 12-15.

Price: $29.95

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 track racing.

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.

Price: $19.95

Trackrat: 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.

The author 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.

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& '70S:
An Illustrated History Featuring the Drivers, Cars, and Tracks of the Northeastern U.S.

by Steve Kennedy

This is 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 photos.

Price: $29.95

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, 200+ photos.

Price: $19.95
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Life Wide Open
Dave Dion: No Holds Barred

by Dave Dion with Dave Moody

Dave Dion's 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
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BUGSY! — The Life and Times
of Bugs Stevens, three-time NASCAR
National Modified Champion

By Bones Bourcier

Modified fans 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 hall.

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

Price was: $23.95
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Memories of Ed Flemke
Modified Racing’s Fastest Professor

Edited & annotated by
Bones Bourcier

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 more!

Bones Bourcier is the author of acclaimed biographies on Tony Stewart, Richie Evans, and Bugsy Stevens; Steady Eddie promises to be another classic!

Soft cover, black and white photos,
256 pages

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Price: $29.95

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 modified driver.”

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

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Price: $14.95
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WHERE 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 country.

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 NASCAR history.

Stories, photos, and 25-year Top-10 race records for each region.

Soft cover, 176 pages, 100+ photos.

Price: $29.95

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.

Revised edition, March 2016! Soft cover, 235+ black and white photos, 222 pages.