Ford Y-Block: A Performance History

THE EARLY LAPS OF
STOCK CAR RACING: A History of the Sport and Business Through 1974

HEMI: A History of
Chrysler's Iconic V-8
in Competition

A History of East
Tennessee Auto Racing:
The Thrill of the Mountains

LET’S GO RACING!
The Amazing Story of the American Speed Association

Auto Racing in Charlotte
and the Carolina Piedmont

Daytona Beach
– 100 Years of Racing

Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine,
Detroit Wheels, and
the Birth of NASCAR

Forty Years of
Stock Car Racing:
Volume I -The Beginning
1949-1958

Forty Years of
Stock Car Racing:
Volume II -The
Superspeedway Boom
1959-1964

Forty Years of
Stock Car Racing:
Volume III - Big Bucks
and Boycotts
1965-1971

Forty Years of
Stock Car Racing:
Volume IV - The
Modern Era
1972-1989

Forty Plus Four
1990-1993

 

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Price: $29.95

Ford Y-Block: A Performance History

by Charles R. Murray


Here is a true accounting of the many racing accomplishments of one of the most maligned engine series ever to roll out of Detroit. The Y-Block Ford V-8, an engine that provided Ford with racing victories unrivaled by any another auto manufacturer of the time, became a victim of the internal and external politics of the auto industry and the bias of the automotive media.

 This book will document the wins recorded and records set by Y-Block-powered vehicles on the Salt Flats of Bonneville, on NASCAR and USAC stock car tracks, the lofty heights of Pike's Peak, and on drag strips and bullring dirt tracks from coast to coast. Ford Y Block: A Performance History is packed with previously unpublished photos and personal accounts from those who actually made the history.

Long-time Ford fanatic Charlie Morris delivers the ultimate vindication of this sturdy, historic performing engine series as reflected in the current trend towards nostalgic styles of racing. A renewed interest in the Y-Block has fostered the development of modern aftermarket speed equipment. This has led to heretofore unheard of horsepower numbers and performances that have returned the Y-Block to the winner's circle more than six decades after its debut.  

Soft cover, 196 pages.



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Price: $35.00

THE EARLY LAPS OF STOCK CAR RACING: A History of the Sport and Business Through 1974

by Betty Boles Ellison

The book begins with the nation's first organized, sanctioned stock car road race over the Briarcliff, New York, course–staged in 1908 by one of America's early speed mavens, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. A veteran of the early Ormond-Daytona Beach speed trials, Vanderbilt brought the Grand Prize races to Savannah, Georgia, in 1908. What began as a rich man's sport eventually became the working man's sport, finding a home in the South with the infusion of moonshiners and their souped-up cars. The book is based, for the most part, on statements of drivers, car owners and others garnered from archived newspaper articles.

Readers are given an expanded look at the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing's 1948 incorporation documents; how they clash with the agreements adopted at NASCAR's organization meeting two months earlier in December 1947. The meeting's participants soon realized that their sport was actually owned by William H.G. "Bill" France, and its consequential growth turned his family into billionaires. In addition to the sport's earlier races, the book covers NASCAR's first decades of stock car racing, through 1974–with an astonishing lack of safety requirements and minuscule race purses paid by Bill France compared to his gate receipts.

Soft cover, 268 pages. S-1461 $35.00




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Price: $39.95

HEMI: A History of Chrysler's Iconic V-8
in Competition

by Geoff Stunkard


The Hemi is arguably the most iconic American V-8 in competition history. Employing a talented team of engineers, Chrysler refined the hemispherical combustion chamber design and created an engine that produced towering performance. Whether the Hemi was installed in a Charger, Super Bee, Barracuda, Superbird, or any number of other cars, the engine dominated in NHRA, NASCAR, and other forms of competition. And in a production car, the Hemi also became one of the most feared engines on the street.

Author Geoff Stunkard retraces the fascinating Hemi competition history and covers the big wins, many championships, and key developments in the engine's life. First, he delves into the development and racing exploits of the first-generation 392-ci Hemi and gives you a behind-the-scenes retrospective of the mammoth effort and resources that went into developing the 426 Hemi. In eight months, Al Ekstrand, Tom Hoover, and other engineers took the 426 Hemi from drawing board to race track.

In NHRA competition, the triumphs and challenges of Don Garlits, Dick Landy, Sox and Martin, and other drag racers are recounted.

In NASCAR competition, the 426 Hemi debuted at the 1964 Daytona 500. Richard Petty qualified second, lapped the entire field, and won the race. By the end of the 1964 Grand National season, Hemi-powered cars amassed 26 race victories. NASCAR stars, such as Richard Petty, Bobby Isaac, and David Pearson, piloted the 426 Hemi-equipped Charger 500, Charger Daytona, Plymouth Superbird, and other Chrysler stock cars to many victories and championships.

In addition, the Hemi set speed run records and closed-course speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

This engine powered many classic cars and took many drivers to the winner's circle and into the history books. This comprehensive Hemi racing history with never-before-published information is a must-have for Mopar and racing fans.

Hard cover, 192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.




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Price: $19.95

A History of East Tennessee Auto Racing:
The Thrill of the Mountains


by David McGee

East Tennessee isn't typically mentioned among stock car racing's formative hotbeds. But the region from Bristol to Oneida and Chattanooga encapsulates a significant portion of the sport's history.

From pioneers like Brownie King and Paul Lewis of Johnson City to former national champions Joe Lee Johnson of Chattanooga and L.D. Ottinger of Newport, East Tennessee has produced many of NASCAR's great drivers.

The region is home to one of the world's largest sports stadiums in the Bristol Motor Speedway, but NASCAR also made regular visits to other area tracks. Whether the surface is red clay, asphalt or brushed concrete, East Tennessee still boasts some of the

world's fastest, most competitive racing.

Join author and racing insider David McGee as he presents a vast array of colorful characters whose passion fueled a sport that has gone from primitive to prime time.


Soft cover, 224 pages, B&W and color photos.



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Price: $29.95

LET’S GO RACING!
The Amazing Story of the American Speed Association

by Rex Robbins with Dave Argabright

ASA was one of the most influential and dynamic racing series in history, and Rex Robbins was the man who gave it life.

This is the fascinating story of how ASA came about, how it soared to dizzying heights, and the politics that brought the series’ premature demise.

Robbins joins noted author Dave Argabright in telling his story.

Foreword by Darrell Waltrip.


Hard cover, 352 pp, 32 pp of photos.






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Price: $21.95

 

 

Auto Racing in Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont

by Marc P. Singer and Ryan L. Sumner

Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Carolina Piedmont area have an extensive and legendary tradition of automobile racing. Soon after 1904, when the first car was registered in Charlotte, autos became a part of everyday life. Car racing was just around the bend: an open-road race was run through Charlotte as early as 1908. Many drivers themselves have hailed from the area, and some are said to have received early training by running moonshine and outrunning authorities.

Probably the best-known aspect of Carolina racing is the Queen City's involvement since 1949 with NASCAR, which hosts many of its big names and operations. Auto Racing in Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont explores the story behind the various forms of the sport, the kinds of people who have raced, and the reasons why they have done so.

Historic photographs –many never-before published – trace the history of NASCAR and look beyond the professional aspect to include the drag racers, wannabes, kids, and just plain amateurs participating in this cultural phenomenon. The story includes the first formal oval track, constructed entirely of wooden planks and opened in 1925. Other famous Charlotte locations, including professional dirt tracks, drag strips, and even a paved track dedicated to Soap Box Derby, are also revisited. Images of fans, mechanics, and hangers-on round out this singular journey of racing in the Carolinas.

Soft cover, 128 pages, black and white photographs.

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Daytona Beach – 100 Years of Racing

by Harold D. Cardwell Sr.

NASCAR, one of America’s favorite pastimes, got its start on Daytona Beach – “The World’s Famous Beach.” For decades people have flocked to Daytona’s 23 miles of white sand not only for relaxation and spring breaks, but also for the racing action once offered on its hard-packed sand shore. Dozens of records were set on the beach during low tide before promoter Bill France Sr. organized the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing at the Streamline Hotel in 1947.

From those humble beginnings years ago, France turned his vision of what NASCAR could become into the brand of racing known today. Daytona Beach: 100 Years of Racing follows NASCAR’s evolution from grassroots racing to its rise as one of the most talked about spectator sports in the world.

The more than 200 images in this photo history illustrate why this sport – once known only to those south of the Mason-Dixon Line – is now an international phenomenon. Travel the course of racing’s famous and lesser-known heroes like Sir Malcolm Campbell, Lawson Diggett, Clessie L. Cummins, as well as Richard Petty, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Experience the pile-ups, victories, and defeats, and understand why NASCAR history is incomplete without Daytona Beach.

Author Harold D. Cardwell Sr. put together this fitting tribute to speed in time to commemorate the first 100 years of racing
in 2002.

Soft cover, 128 pages, black and white photographs.

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Price: $15.95





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Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR

by Neal Thompson

Driving with the Devil is a fascinating look at the well-hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock-car racing.

NASCAR histories will tell you who led every lap of every race since the first official race in 1948. Driving with the Devil goes deeper to bring you the excitement, passion, crime, and death-defying feats of the wild, early days that NASCAR has carefully hidden from public view.

Soft cover, 432 pages.






Brand New!

Driving with the Devil Audio Book


Neal Thompson’s Driving with the Devil is widely acclaimed as one of the best books ever published on the roots of stock car racing and the bootleggers who started it all.

It’s now available as an audio book, with narration by historian Buz McKim and original theme music by country music stars Brasher/Bogue.





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Forty Years of Stock Car Racing:
Volume I -The Beginning
1949-1958

A complete and accurate record with stories on each Grand National race from the beginning of what became the Winston Cup.
 

 

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Forty Years of Stock Car Racing:
Volume II -The Superspeedway Boom
1959-1964

By Greg Fielden

Complete race records, photos and the story of each Grand National race in the era.



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Forty Years of Stock Car Racing:
Volume III - Big Bucks and Boycotts
1965-1971

By Greg Fielden

Author Greg Fielden traces the growth of Grand National racing as it moved toward the modern era and the advent of Winston Cup. A record and the story of every race in the period is included.

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Forty Years of Stock Car Racing:
Volume IV - The Modern Era
1972-1989

By Greg Fielden

These 687 pages, under hard covers, include an enormous and accurate statistical accounting of the period, with the start and finish order of every Winston Cup race as well as a story of each event.

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Forty Plus Four

By Greg Fielden

Greg Fielden's account of Winston Cup racing in 1990-1993 includes both color and B&W photography as well as complete start/finish results from every event.

Hard Cover, 336 pages