NOVI V-8 Indy
Ludvigsen Library Series
by Andy Granatelli
collection of photographs displaying the Novi V-8 Racing Car. Few
cars of any kind have exuded the charismatic appeal of the great
Novi V-8 racing cars that competed at Indianapolis from 1941 to
First a front-wheel car, it earned the reputation for
wicked handling by killing two of its drivers. Despite that, the
NOVIs were so fast – so often – that more racers were always willing
to take them on.
Soft cover, 128 pages, B&W photos.
Indy Cars of the 1960s
Introduction by Karl Ludvigsen. One of the most spectacular and
controversial decades in the long history of the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway, the 1960s saw the transition from the classic Roadster to
mid-engined ''funny cars.'. Though resisted by the Indy die-hards,
the pace shown by the mid-engined Lotus-Fords starting in 1963 was
irresistible. By 1967 the field was completely converted to
Reporting and photographing from Indy through most of the decade,
Karl Ludvigsen, has fantastic photos of the cars: the last gasp of
the Novis, the wild racers of Mickey Thompson, Brabhams and the
successful Hawk copies, the astonishing STP turbine cars of
the 1967 and 1968, Dan Gurney's
Eagles from 1966, Lotuses, including the amazing four- wheel-drive
cars, the battle between Fords and the turbo-Offys. These vivid
pictures will take the reader inside Gasoline Alley during the
tumultuous 1960s. Following in the footsteps of Indy Cars of the
1950s (by the same author), this book will be a hit.
Soft cover, 128 pages,
121 B&W photos.
Indy Cars of the
Introduction by Karl Ludvigsen. Karl Ludvigsen covered the Indy 500
in 1956 and the Monza 500 in 1958. From his own photos at these
events and the other material in his collection, Ludvigsen presents
a panorama of the fabulous Indy racing cars of the 1950s. These were
the years of the Kurtis Roadsters, the lay-downs, the first Watsons,
the formidable Novis, the V-12 Ferrari, the Bardahl-Ferrari, the
Blue Crowns and the invincible Offys.
Stunningly sharp photography shows the cars, their engines and their
designs in amazing detail. The book takes the reader into Gasoline
Alley during one of the most evocative and exciting eras in the
history of the great Speedway – before those pesky rear-engined
'bugs' took over.
Soft cover, 128 pages, 121 B&W photos.
Cars of the 1940s
For the Old World, caught up in the traumas of a bitter conflict,
America's Indianapolis 500-mile race was a New World beacon of
auto-racing speed and excitement during the 1940s. While racing
stopped in Europe in 1939, the Indy 500 raced on in 1940 and '41,
bringing victories in both years for Wilbur Shaw's Maserati.
Racing resumed in 1946 with Shaw in charge of the Speedway. The
post-war fields were full of exotic machinery, from Fageol's
twin-engined four-wheel-drive car and the front-drive Blue Crowns
(1947, ’48, ’49 winners) to the rear-engined Tucker Millers and
Rounds Rocket plus the imported 1939 Mercedes-Benz of Don Lee and
numerous Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. The first Kurtis racers made
their debut, as did the awesome Novi. The six-cylinder Thorne
Special won in 1946 and Indy's only six-wheeled car competed as
This book brings to dramatic life the spectacle and
excitement of the 1940-1949 era at the Speedway.
128 pages with 120 illustrations.
Leader Card Racers:
A Dynasty of Speed
by Gordon Eliot White
Leader Car Racers is the remarkable story of one family’s
four-generation passion for auto racing. Beginning with a team of
midgets before WW II, successful paper manufacturer Bob Wilke, his
son Ralph, and now his grandsons have owned and sponsored winning
racing cars on the Championship trail, on dirt track, and currently
with a successful return to midgets. With legendary mechanics A. J.
Watson and Jud Phillips, the Wilke Family won the Indy “500” and the
National Championship three times: twice with Roger Ward (1959 &
1962) and once with Bobby Unser (1968). Superbly chronicled by noted
author Gordon White, the story of Leader Card Racers is a testament
to the Wilke family’s devotion to motor sport and to the history of
American oval track racing.
Hard-bound with dust jacket, 228 pages, many photos.
INDY CARS 1911-1939
Great Racers from the Crucible of Speed
Ludvigsen Library Series
Crisp and unusual photography of the cars that
competed in the very first 500s, progressing up through the
two-seater era, and then the faint beginning of the roadster
Although largely a picture book, it also contains stories and a good
deal of technical background.
Soft Cover, 128 pages, b&w photography throughout
Cars of Frank Kurtis 1941-1963 Photo Archive
By Gordon Eliot White
work on Kurtis championship cars showcases all
111 full size champ cars built by Frank
Kurtis between 1941-1963. Kurtis cars won the Indy 500
five out of six years (1950-1955) and dominated the
starting field from 1950-1958. Kurtis roadster
design cars had offset engines, allowing drivers to
sit lower, and reducing car height and wind resistance,
and were the last frontengine cars prior to 1965
rear-engine revolution. This exceptional volume reveals
engineering drawings of the cars as well as dramatic
starting field and crash photos. Appendix details the
cars and provides engine serial numbers.
Paperback, 1- x 8 1/2,
138 black & white photos
Cars of the 1970s
By Karl Ludvigsen
The 1970's was the last creative decade at the great
Speedway. The spirit of innovation was still strong
in the 1970's, which Ludvigsen calls The Last
Creative Decade at the great Speedway. The turbocharged
decade witnessed the extinction of the venerable four-banger
Offy and the rise of the Cosworth V-8, which took Indy
racing into the 1980's.
Revealing intimate details of
the last progressive and experimental decade at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this book is a must for
fans of the worlds greatest motor race.
Paper back ,10
1/4 x 8 1/2, 128 pages,
120 black &