WISCONSIN INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: Where the
Big Ones Run!
by Joe Verdegan
Wisconsin International Raceway’s famous tagline is an
accurate description for the generations of big-name drivers who
have honed their skills on the Kaukauna racetrack. WIR has been the
Wisconsin racing destination for more than half a century for local
hotshots like Terry Baldry, Scott Hansen, and Lowell Bennett, as
well as NASCAR stars Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Alan Kulwicki, and
Dick Trickle among others.
Joe Verdegan shares interviews
and classic photos to introduce the colorful characters and
off-track stories that are part of WIR’s lore.
214 pages, color and B&W photos.
LIFE IN THE PAST LANE: A History of Stock Car Racing in
Northeast Wisconsin from 1950-1980
by Joe Verdegan
The heyday of the northeast Wisconsin
auto-racing scene featured grandstands packed with fans eager to
cheer their heroes and jeer the villains. It was an era in which
drivers often used junkyard parts to build their rides, and cars
might trade hands over a card game.
Author Joe Verdegan
introduces you to the characters and behind-the-scenes stories that
played out at tracks throughout the region. Sit in on interview with
the drivers, promoters and car builders who made racing the hottest
ticket in town.
Soft cover, 224 pages, color and B&W photos.
LIFE IN THE
PAST LANE: The Next Generation
Author Joe Verdegan has had
a front-row seat to the stories, people and politics that have
captured the attention of northeast Wisconsin auto-racing fans for
As the region’s recognized racing historian,
Verdegan provides an expert’s perspective on the people and events
that defined a turbulent era from roughly 1980 to 2017.
Verdegan presents the driver rivalries, family connections, and
passionate dedication to the sport displayed by track owners and
promoters in this follow-up to his earlier LIFE IN THE PAST
LANE: A History of Stock Car Racing in Northeast Wisconsin from
Soft cover, 222 pages, color and B&W photos.
Sold out and currently
The High Banks!
Belleville’s Amazing Track and the Men who
Tried to Tame Her, 1910 - 1997
by Beryl Ward, L.A. Ward, and
High Banks! chronicles the first 87 years of one of America’s
most famous dirt-track venues, the Belleville High Banks. Starting
on a flat horse track in 1910, Belleville’s first auto-racing star
was Harry White in a Model 10 Buick. From there the story is told
how this palace came to be, first as a circle in 1926 and then a
bowl, starting in 1932, until the high banks were fully realized in
1934. From that point on, Belleville became the fastest half-mile
dirt track in the world.
Much of that story is told by the
Hall of Fame team of L.A. and Beryl Ward. The Wards’ race reports
put you in Belleville on each race day for 60 years, starting in
1938 – when Everett Saylor battled Jimmy Wilburn in one of the
greatest dirt-track duels ever witnessed – through 1997, when Jason
Leffler defeated Billy Boat and Tony Stewart to win the Belleville
Midget Nationals. Ride along with these stars and many others as the
authors recount the highs, the lows, the good and bad times that
made Belleville a true gathering of the clans.
296 pages, heavily illustrated with black and white photos.
Legends of Watertown Speedway
First published in 2003,
this is another popular book that went out of print and has been
brought back to life, with a few changes (mostly removing the
advertising that was in the original edition).
has done an incredible amount of research, and the book is crammed
with stats, rosters, and original photography as well as robust
year-by-year reporting on racing action from 1956 through 1974.
Readers will find photos and information on colorful wheelmen
like Cliff “the Copper City Cowboy” Kotary, Frank Andre, Neal
“Terrible” Tooley, Gary Reddick, Woody van Order (killed at
Watertown in 1964), and “Barefoot” Bob McCreadie.
book is not a light read about personalities, rather a serious,
factual, double-column volume about a tremendous era in our sport.
Highly recommended for racing history buffs!
Soft cover, 162
pages, 360 B&W photos.
An illustrated and documented
Boyd, Andy Fusco, and Jim Rigney
as part of the New York track’s 50th birthday celebration in 2003,
the book has close to 400 pages and 400 photographs covering all
aspects of Fonda’s rich tradition.
discussions with hundreds of key players from the past to the
present, including detailed interviews with figures such as Steve
Danish, Bill Wimble, Richard Petty, Jack Johnson, Brett Hearn, and
Tall tales are told of notable races and
interesting off-track happenings. Appendices provide a compilation
of racing records for all major divisions.
This is the
original edition, printed in its entirety without corrections or
Regular Price: $55.00
THE HOME OF HEROES:
Fifty Years of Racing at Utica-Rome Speedway
by Bones Bourcier
short tracks in the Northeast – or anywhere, for that matter – can
lay claim to having hosted as many top-level drivers as New York’s
Utica-Rome Speedway. Because it operated as a high-profile NASCAR
asphalt oval before becoming one of the region’s premier dirt
tracks, Utica-Rome has welcomed, at one time or another, just about
every racer of significance in the eastern United States, no matter
their surface of preference.
all competed here … from Rene Charland, champion in the track’s
first season, to Stewart Friesen, champion in its 50th … from Lou
Lazzaro to Pat Ward … from Steady Eddie Flemke to Dave Lape … from
Geoff Bodine to Jack Johnson … from Jerry Cook to Paul Jensen … from
Richie Evans to Dale Planck … Utica-Rome Speedway has truly been the
home of heroes.
track’s history has not been a long, smooth patch of road. Between
Joe Lesik, who opened Utica-Rome in 1961, and Gene Cole, under whose
current reign the speedway has flourished, came a number of
ownership and management teams. Some prospered, others slipped and
hit the wall. But through it all, the speedway along Route 5 in
Vernon has survived, and racing is better for that.
Beautifully written and heavily illustrated, this
Limited Edition is a collector’s item!
Hard cover, 400 pp, 500
B&W and color photos.
SPEEDWAY LEGENDS 1957–1977
by Len Kasper
Chronicles two golden decades at the Spencer, NY, Speedway. The
former apple-orchard jalopy track emerged as a racing hot bed,
boasting names like Richie Evans, Maynard Troyer, Bobby Merz, Dutch
Hoag, George Fischer Jr., Pat O'Neil, Dick Emerson, Dale Merz, Jim
Flora, Roger Boas, Roger Treichler, Gary Cornelius, Geoff Bodine,
Jimmy Spencer and many more.
Also touches upon other tracks
in racing-rich upstate New York, including Monroe County,
Canandaigua, Lancaster, Utica-Rome, and Holland.
228 pp., 83 B&W rare photos.
Sock-em, Travelin' Sideways Dirt Show: A History of Robert Smawley’s
by Gary L. Parker
The story of the first national
touring series for Dirt Late Models. Robert Smawley, founder of the
National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) was a visionary promoter who
was clearly years ahead of his time. He brought money and national
fame to Late Model dirt racing and its drivers. His series changed
the sport of dirt racing forever. All of today’s national touring
series owe their beginnings to Smawley and his "travelin' dirt
Author Gary Parker's father took him to his first dirt
race at the famed Boyd's Speedway in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in
1955. Over the course of 60 years, he has watched hundreds of races
all over the South and at several historic tracks that no longer
exist. He traveled and became close friends with some of the icons
of Southern dirt racing and was a crew member for a number of teams
from the late 1960s through the 1970s and into the 1980s. Parker
holds a PhD. in Anthropology.
Soft cover, 186 pages, 164
photographs, most in color.
Back by Popular Demand!
RETROSPECTIVE, Vol. 1, Second Edition
last is Volume 1 of Eddie Roche’s classic Florida Motorsports
Retrospective Pictorial, long out of print and much requested.
But the second edition is greatly enhanced with more track
chapters; updated track records and point champs; major event winner
listings, additional photos and much-improved photo quality. It’s
now a comprehensive directory of 150 past and current Florida tracks
(ovals, road courses, and dragways).
Even if you have the
original, you will want this collectible second edition.
Soft cover, 200 indexed pages, 1500 photos.
Only a few copies left before permanently
out of print!
Retrospective Pictorial, Volume 2
Eddie Roche, ISC’s historian, put together an
incredible pictorial of Florida racing history from the 1930s to the
present day (2002). It includes over 825 drivers and 1350 photos on
good, glossy stock. There are images of every kind of race car
imaginable, still shots and action – coupes, late models, modifieds,
and the infamous “skeeter” cars. Also includes great shots of
drivers from the North who visited Florida tracks during the off
Soft Cover, 208 pages, b&w photography.
Back by Popular Demand!
Holiday Special: $64.95
LANGHORNE! No Man's Land
by L. Spencer
last, with all the original content, this
covers the entire history of one of the world’s
toughest one-mile speedways, from its inception in 1926 to its
closing in 1971. The book won 1st place in the 2008 Book-of -The-Year
at the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association
(AARWBA) awards breakfast.
Covers the midgets, big cars, champ cars, motorcycles, stock cars,
and modifieds that raced there and includes sidebars on drivers.
A hard cover 560-page book, illustrated with over 1000 photos –
posed, action, head shots, programs, and memorabilia. Many of the
photos have never been published before.
Hard cover, 560 pp., 1000+ B&W photos.
A History of
Auto Racing in New England
- A Project of the North East
Motor Sports Museum
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
Proceeds benefit NEMSM.
Hard cover, 400+ B&W photos, 304 pages.
by Joyce Standridge
and Terry Young
For 40 years, between the first thaw and the final frost,
thousands converged at the corner of Clear Lake and Dirksen Parkway
in Springfield, Illinois, to bask in the throaty roar of racing
Springfield Speedway became legendary among racers
as the toughest, fastest little bullring imaginable.
a comprehensive photo journey through the years.
148 pages, 431 B&W photos.
RED CLAY AND DUST:
The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
Gary L Parker
A history of automobile racing on
dirt tracks in the southern United States.
The book focuses
on the first dirt cars of the late 1950s, the "Late Models," the
"Super Late Models," and on the dirt tracks and series.
Included are short biographies of 25 famous drivers, with 92
Soft cover, 182 pages.
GUIDE TO NORTHERN
& CENTRAL CALIFORNIA RACEWAYS
Dirt to Pavement: 38 Active
Ovals, Drag Strips
& Road Courses
Photography and text by Saroyan Humphrey
Foreword by Kyle Larson
visually striking guidebook featuring 38 active raceways in one of
the most diverse and competitive regions of the United States –
California, from north of the Grapevine Pass to the Oregon border.
The unique character of each track comes to life in over 250
color photographs. The text outlines each track’s current activities
with interesting facts, quotes and historical highlights.
timeline also gives a brief account of the history of motorsports in
Northern and Central California.
Soft cover, 430 pages.
Stock Car Racing in the
Pictures and Memories
From Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania
by Ford Easton
car racing truly came into its own in the 1950s. At the end of the
War, the economy rebounded, and junkyards were filling up with
worn-out cars as people started to invest in new ones to replace
A very competitive stock car
could be purchased at the junkyard for $25 and with another $75, a
clever builder could make it race ready. Teams of weekend warriors
could compete head to head against well-funded, highly trained teams
and have a real shot at winning.
It was a perfect
combination: knowledgeable mechanics and fearless drivers in cars
that the public recognized from their daily life. These men and
women entertained, awed, and inspired a generation of "motor heads"
and race fans.
This book, which includes 48 tracks in
Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania, is a tribute to the
drivers and other figures who shaped stock car racing in that region
in the 1950s.
Soft cover, 230 pages, B&W photos.
Bristol Motor Speedway
by David McGee
known as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."
For fifty years
and counting, Bristol Motor Speedway has been home to some of the
most exciting moments in NASCAR, and the track's history is nearly
as exciting as the legendary races it has held.
beginnings, Bristol Motor Speedway grew to become one of the largest
sporting coliseums in the world, with seating for 160,000.
Join author and veteran speedway insider David McGee as he goes
behind the scenes to offer a collection of stories that will
surprise even the most dedicated fans.
never-before-published photos from the entire history of the track,
Tales of Bristol Motor Speedway is a book no racing fan
should be without.
Soft cover, 16-page color photo insert,
by Tracy L. Berger-Carmen
history of the half-mile and 1 and 1/8th mile ovals that once
pulsated in a tiny town in Pennsylvania with some of the finest
oval-track cars in the East.
The book presents approximately
250 captioned images, moving from the days of horse racing and
gambling in the early 1900s to the more upscale days a century later
when Roger Penske presented USAC events on pavement.
concentration certainly is on the dirt modifieds that ran on the
gritty former horse track Sunday nights for promoter Jerry Fried for
over 30 years.
Soft cover, 128 pages, B&W photos.
by Bill Poindexter
It began as a rodeo
arena with bucking broncos entertaining an annual gathering for the
Placer County Fair in Roseville, California, about 10 miles east of
Sacramento. The rodeo grounds eventually gave way to a different
kind of horsepower in 1955, when a dirt track was built.
original Roseville Speedway later became All American Speedway. The
surface was paved in 1972, and three years later, its signature
race, the Rose Classic, was born.
Future NASCAR drivers
Ernie Irvan, Mike Skinner and more visited the track. The Rose
Classic went away in the early 1990s, but NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series action lives on each year.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
by Scott Keepfer
As the second-oldest NASCAR track still running weekly
races, Greenville-Pickens has earned a unique niche in racing
In 1959, local driver David Pearson sped to a
record 15 victories in one season, jump-starting a Hall of Fame
career. As a young boy, Dale Earnhardt played in the infield while
his father, Ralph, raced to the track championship in 1965.
In 1971, ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” televised the first live,
start-to-finish NASCAR race at Greenville-Pickens.
names have competed here, but for every David Pearson and Richard
Petty, there have been dozens of Donnie Bishops and Toby Porters:
local favorites providing weekly thrills for a loyal fan base.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Stockton 99 Speedway
NASCAR Library Edition
by Bill Poindexter
have seen it all in 64 years of racing at Stockton 99 Speedway. The
quarter-mile bullring on the east side of this rowdy port city in
Northern California has been the site for 44 divisions of racing,
from the Jalopy division of the 1950s to the all-time quickest lap
in speedway history, which was wheeled by Johnny Brazil, a legendary
local lead foot whose hot laps in a Super Modified fire breather on
the night of June 1, 1985, left a normally boisterous gathering
hypnotized in jaw-dropping silence as the scoreboard logged quick
time after quick time, finally dipping under 12 seconds before
bottoming out at 11.899.
Stockton 99 has served as a stepping
stone for future Daytona 500 champions (Ernie Irvan) and as a
Saturday-night getaway for local hot shoes who saved their pennies
just to keep their rods running for the one thing they loved to do
on a Saturday night: race.
The old track flat-lined in
2006—at the age of 60, stricken by development—but was shocked back
to life in 2009 and again is hosting races in the NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
cover, 128 pages.
Portland International Raceway
by Jeff Zurschmeide
In the months following Pearl Harbor, an area of swampy land
north of Portland, Oregon, was transformed into shipyard housing,
and within six months, Vanport became the fifth-largest city in
Oregon. But in 1948, the Columbia River levees burst, and the entire
town was washed away.
When the waters receded, only the
streets of the town remained. Throughout the 1950s, these streets
were known for clandestine racing. In the spring of 1961, the
Portland Rose Festival Association and Cascade Sports Car Club
decided to hold a sports car race on the old blacktop. The Rose Cup
races established the viability of West Delta Park as a road racing
Over time, the track was improved and extended by
the local racing community, and its name soon changed to Portland
International Raceway (PIR). What followed was the development of
the only major road racing circuit located inside the borders of a
major American city.
Trans-Am, IMSA, CART, Champ Car, ALMS,
and, of course, NASCAR have all raced at PIR, and the Rose Cup is
going strong into its sixth decade.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Long Ride on a Short Track
By Ken Spooner
A revised and updated
version of THE book on the rich history of stock car
racing on Long Island, NY, at Riverhead, Freeport and
Packed with interviews with
drivers and their families, the book captures the glory
days of competition among legends like Axel Anderson,
Mousey Kempster, Fred Harbach, the Bruhnhoelzls, and
Soft cover, new and larger
photos, 176 pages
Bowman Gray Stadium
by Richard Miller
With the sounds
of engines roaring since 1949, Bowman Gray Stadium is NASCAR's
oldest weekly race track. Named in honor of the former R.J. Reynolds
CEO Bowman Gray, this quarter-mile track has been the host to many
exciting racing moments. Bowman Gray Stadium showcases the rich
history of many of the major racing dynasties, including members of
the Petty, Earnhardt, and Allison families, and celebrates the races
and traditions that have kept spectators and race fans coming week
after week for over 50 years. Today, Bowman Gray Stadium's weekly
racing tradition continues as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Richard Miller has been the chief scorer at Bowman Gray Stadium for
over 10 years. He also acts as the official track historian for the
"Madhouse" TV Series. Images for Bowman Gray Stadium have been
culled from the archives of former stadium publicist Hank
Schoolfield, various racing photographers, Forsyth County's public
library, and track photographer Eric Hylton. Part of the official
NASCAR Library Collection, this nostalgic volume brings race track
history to life through extraordinary vintage images. From races run
on dirt and clay to the paved speedways of today, discover the
historic events, colorful characters, and memorable moments from
America's legendary racing venues.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Bristol Motor Speedway
by David M.
McGee and Sonya A. Haskins
When Bristol’s race
track opened in 1961, tickets were often given away to fill the
18,000 seats. Over the years, Bristol Motor Speedway has grown to
160,000 seats and legendary status among race fans. There is a
fascination with the unforgettable moments that take place at the
track, including rivalries that are hard to miss when fans can watch
all the action around the half-mile track no matter where they are
Sonya A. Haskins, author of Images of America books Johnson
City, Jonesborough, Bristol, and Soddy-Daisy, teams up
with veteran journalist David M. McGee to produce the most complete
pictorial history ever compiled about the Bristol Motor Speedway.
McGee began writing about auto racing as a teenager and has been
involved in different levels of the sport for 35 years. In addition
to working as a reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier, McGee has
served as a member of Bristol Motor Speedway’s public address team
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Milwaukee Modified Era 1959-1973
by Fr. Dale Grubba
In the late 1950s and
throughout the ‘60s, the greatest short track auto racing in
Wisconsin was to be found in the Milwaukee area on quarter-mile dirt
bullrings. Drivers like Miles “the Mouse” Melius, Kenny “Tweety
Bird” Tlougan, Billy “the Cat” Johnson, Jr., Aaron “Snagglepuss”
Solsrud, Etchie “The Flying Grandpa” Biertzer, Don “The Duck”
Schuppel, and Fuzzy “the Hound” Fassbender matched wits throughout
the summer at Hales Corners, Cedarburg, Slinger, Beaver Dam, and
State Fair Park.
Father Dale Grubba has covered Wisconsin
racing as fan, writer, photographer and spiritual advisor since
1963. An award-winning author of numerous books and articles on
racing, his latest, The Milwaukee Modified Era 1959 – 1973,
chronicles the era of Milwaukee modified racing and the Milwaukee
Stock Car Club at its peak.
Soft cover, 472 pages, 210 B&W
Eldora Speedway: The History of the Most Famous
Dirt Short Track in America, 1954-2013
by Bill Holder
book covers the exciting six-decade history of Eldora Speedway, a
national leader in both stock cars and open wheel machines. With the
stock cars, the track has hosted ARCA, ALMS, UMP, USAC, STARS, and
FASTRAK series. For open wheel cars, it's been USAC, WoO, All-Stars,
ASCS, NRA, and CRA.
Longtime owner Earl Baltes headed the track for a half-century, and
his promotion skills made the track first class. Eldora was the
first Dirt Late Model big track to run the World 100 and later the
Dream. Baltes also promoted the unforgettable Eldora Million race.
Baltes did the same for sprint cars with the Kings Royal, USAC Four
Crown Nationals and Historical Big one. He did things that other
promoters wouldn't have dared to undertake.
mid-2000s, Tony Stewart took the reins and big things continued. His
Prelude event invited NASCAR drivers to come and compete at his
track and proved a huge success.
book includes remembrances of Eldora by such notables as Donnie
Moran, Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Jack Hewitt,
Jeff Gordon, Larry Moore, Parnelli Jones, and of course, Tony
Stewart and Earl Baltes.
Soft cover, 128 pages, 400+ B&W
photos, appendix of race winners.
100 YEARS OF SPEED: The Centennial History of Winchester
By Bill Holder
race drivers over the decades, Winchester Speedway has stood for
high speeds and danger, its awesome high banks decimating fields of
race cars and taking many lives. Most of the great drivers of the
20th and into the 21st century have raced at the Hoosier State
facility in a variety of classes of cars. There are the open-wheel
legends like Roger McCluskey, Jeff Gordon, Tom Bigelow, Tony
Stewart, Duane Carter Sr., Duke Nalon, Mike Nazaruk, Sonny Ates, Ted
Horn, Troy Ruttman, Rollie Beale, Eddie Sachs, Don Branson, Jud
Larson, Johnny Rutherford, A.J. Foyt, Red Renner, Tom Bigelow, Pat
O’Connor, Troy Ruttman, Pancho Carter, Mel Kenyon, Gary
Bettenhausen, Mauri Rose, Spider Web, Wilbur Shaw, Mel Kenyon, and
so many others.
stock car racing has also seen its stars at the venerable track:
Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Allen Kulwicki, Larry Moore, Dick
Trickle, Kyle Busch, Frank Kimmel, Jack Bowsher, Butch Miller, Mike
Cope, Harry Gant, Ted Musgrave, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison,
Kenny Wallace, Terry Labonte, Bob Senneker, Randy Sweet, Ken
Schrader, and on and on.
Winchester Speedway will celebrate its hundredth anniversary in
2013. Still the holy grail of short tracks, this is the definitive
story of Winchester and the racers who made it a legend.
Soft cover, 128 pp, 500+ B&W images.
Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix
by Larry Upton, Judy
McDonald, The Stock Car Racing Association
Phoenix’s Manzanita Speedway, the last of the big dirt tracks
located near the central corridor of a major metropolitan area, is
now gone. The track opened in the early 1950s when Jack Holloway,
president of the Arizona Jalopy Racing Association, along with Avery
Doyle and Gene Gunn, set about convincing Rudy Everett and Larry
Meskimen to convert their unprofitable dog-racing operation into a
quarter-mile dirt track.
On August 25, 1951, Everett and
Meskimen beamed with excitement as Manzy opened to an overflowing
crowd. They had tapped into America’s post–World War II craze for
automobiles and found their own Lost Dutchman Gold Mine in the
Manzanita Speedway dominated dirt-track racing in
Phoenix and was heralded as one of the top five dirt tracks in the
United States. Manzy became an integral part of the racing culture
in Phoenix, and its sale and closure in 2009 created a sense of
Soft cover, 128 pages.
by Chad Culver and Wayne Culver
The First State of Delaware
has a legendary history of automobile racing. Since the first racers
roared down the dusty Delaware State Fairgrounds track in 1915 at
Wawaset Park, Wilmington, Delaware, auto racing has thrilled
capacity crowds all over the state. “Delaware Auto Racing” documents
and explores the tracks, cars, and people that made racing what it
The history of racing can be seen in historic
photographs from the legendary dirt tracks, like Delmar and
Georgetown Speedways, to the high-banked turns of Delaware’s NASCAR
track—Dover Downs. Rare images have been collected from drivers, car
owners, fans, and historians to provide an insightful look into auto
racing in Delaware. Many of the historic photographs have never been
Father-and-son team Wayne and Chad Culver are
lifelong racing enthusiasts and collectors. Wayne Culver is a
retired Delaware native whose love of racing began as a child
growing up in the shadow of the many dirt tracks in Sussex County.
His enthusiasm has been passed down to his son. Chad Culver is a
teacher and collector of vintage race cars and memorabilia.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Southern Supermodifieds, Volume II
Southern Supermodifieds, Volume II is a follow-up to the highly
successful Volume I. It features chapters on some of the
hardest-racing drivers that ever sat behind the wheel of a
supermodified or early race car, including Jan Opperman; Chuck
Amati; Johnny Benson Sr.; Bobby Ward, “The Arkansas Traveler;”
Charlie Mincey; Eddie McDonald Sr.; Tommy Noblin; and Victor Oliver
Geisen. There are special chapters on Rex White, the 1960 NASCAR
Champion; Raymond Parks, “The Godfather of Racing;” and Smokey
Yunick, along with an in-depth history of Gulf Coast racing,
including “Fats” Harvison, “The Dean of Southern Racing Announcers.”
history from the 1950s,’60s, and ’70s is brought back to life in the
304 pages and 207 photographs, some of which have never been
published before. It also includes an index of 394 names. Gerald
Hodges/the Racing Reporter draws from taped interviews, photographs
from his own collection, plus others from private collections, and
his personal experiences as a supermodified owner to help the reader
relive the emotions and excitement of this golden period.
Other Early Racers
by Gerald Hodges
Veteran syndicated racing journalist and former supermodified owner
Gerald Hodges refers to his book as the “reference bible for early
Southern racers.” Stories from tracks such as Mobile, Five Flags,
Gulf Coast, Speedbowl, Lakeview and Boyd’s – and of hot shoes like
Armond Holley, Rat Lane, Wayne Niedecken, Red Farmer, Rod Perry, and
Hooker Hood fill the book.
A must read for any supermodified enthusiast. Cool period
Soft cover, 320 pp, 309 B&W photos.
Bowling Green Stock Car
by Larry Upton & Jonathan Jeffrey
Bowling Green became the
city of speed immediately after World War II, as America began its
love affair with the automobile. Stock car racing took the city by
storm in its inaugural season of 1951, drawing crowds of up to 7,000
in a city of only 18,000.
Soon thereafter, the
city attracted the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant followed by the
National Corvette Museum.
Images of Sports: Bowling Green Stock Car Racing
documents the history of stock car racing in Bowling Green and the
emergence of the raceway at Beech Bend Park.
Soft cover, 128
by Stan Kawalsinski and Samuel Beck
On September 24, 1938, Raceway Park officially opened its doors, and
the track remained open for over 60 years. The first race was won by
Harry McQuinn, who went on to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and
become the chief pit steward of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In 1948, Raceway Park added stock car races to its regular program,
and the track became a popular entertainment venue throughout the
1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as thousands of Chicagoans filled the
The track held its last race in 2000 and was torn down the following
year. Although Raceway Park is now a part of history, the "World's
Busiest Track" is still in the hearts and minds of many Chicagoland
Soft cover, 128 pages.
SACRAMENTO – Dirt Capital of the West
by Tom Motter
Here at last is the long-awaited volume on the history of
Sacramento-area race tracks, including West Capital Speedway, Hughes
Stadium, Lazy J Speedway, Old Sacramento Fairgrounds, Cal-Expo
Fairgrounds, and Sportsman K-9 Park. The book is a photographic
lesson in why “dirt is beautiful,” from a 1913 auto road race to the
Silver Crown 100 in 2000 and covers midgets, sprints, super-modifieds,
dirt Indy cars and Silver Crown cars.
Hard cover with dust jacket, 203 pages, over 175 B&W photos.
Price Was : $16.95
by Lew Boyd
Old Bridge Stadium in New Jersey and Nazareth
Raceway in Pennsylvania were gritty but dramatic
tracks that hosted the finest drivers from all over
the Eastern Seaboard.
Amazing tales of Schneider, Flemke, Tasnady, the
Reutimanns, Kelly, Frazee, Hildreth and many more.
Hundreds of pictures, most never before published.
The latest in our track book series.
Soft cover, 8 1/2" by 11",
220 pages, over 200 photos.
Silent Speedways of the Carolinas:
The Grand National Histories of 29 Former Tracks
by Perry Allen Wood
This is the story of every racetrack in North and South Carolina
that held at least one big time race through 1971, but is no longer
used for auto racing. Seven are one-race wonders, while others are
as much racing legends as the sport’s past champions.
Chapters cover each track’s big time history, from early background
through its racing years to its current status. Included are the
thrilling tales of the personalities and machines that shaped
NASCAR’s early days. Statistics chart every track’s past winners,
records, and wins by make.
Nearly 150 photographs give the reader a virtual tour of speedways
that are often inaccessible or nonexistent.
Soft cover, 7”x 10”, 398 pages, 140 photos.
By Lew Boyd
Hot Cars Cool
Drivers is the story of three great Massachusetts speedways,
Norwood, Westboro, and The Pines. With four hundred
photographs and scores of interviews with the Northeast’s
most colorful competitors, the book chronicles the amazing
rise and fall of the midgets and then the stock cars.
If you ever attended a race in Massachusetts or if you
are serious about understanding the evolution of racing,
this book is an absolute must!
Soft cover, 240
400+ black & white photos.
Price Was: $29.95
Now Reduced: $15.00
A History of Oakland Stadium
By Tom Motter
Tom Mottor has written a captivating book replete with rare photos
that bring Oakland Stadium’s rich history back to life. The
chapters record the Stadium’s events featuring Big Cars, Sprints,
Midgets, Roadsters, and Hardtops.
Soft cover, Smythe-sewn binding, with over 200 black and
Also available in hard cover.
Price Was: $44.95
Now Reduced: $24.50
A History of the
Oakland Speedway - 1931-1941
By Tom Motter
The book covers
the history of the Oakland Speedway, a one-mile, banked
dirt track built in Oakland California in 1931. The track
was the site of AAA National Championship races (Indy
cars and stars) from 1931 until 1936 when the AAA pulled
out of the West Coast. It was known as the "fastest
dirt track in the Nation".
Chapters cover all races
at the Speedway including Indy Cars, Big Cars, Stock Cars,
Midgets, Roadsters and Motorcycles.
More than 200 beautiful
black and white photos, most in full 8" x 10"
size, many never before published!