American Auto Racing: The Milestones and Personalities of a Century of Speed (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Mar 5, 2004 - Transportation - 231 pages
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As soon as there were automobiles, there was racing. The first recorded race, an over road event from Paris to Rouen, France, was organized by the French newspaper Le Petit Journal in 1894. Seeing an opportunity for a similar event, Hermann H. Kohlsaat--publisher of the Chicago Times-Herald--sponsored what was hailed as the "Race of the Century," a 54-mile race from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois, and back. Frank Duryea won in a time of 10 hours and 23 minutes, of which 7 hours and 53 minutes were actually spent on the road. Race cars and competition have progressed continuously since that time, and today's 200 mph races bear little resemblance to the event Duryea won. This work traces American auto racing through the 20th century, covering its significant milestones, developments and personalities. Subjects included are: Bill Elliott, dirt track racing, board track racing, Henry Ford, Grand Prix races, Dale Earnhardt, the Vanderbilt Cup, Bill France, Gordon Bennett, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Mercer, the Stutz, Duesenberg, Frank Lockhart, drag racing, the Trans Am, Paul Newman, vintage racing, land speed records, Al Unser, Wilbur Shaw, the Corvette, the Cobra, Richard Petty, NASCAR, Can Am, Mickey Thompson, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, and Formula One. Through interviews with participants and track records, this text shows where, when and how racing changed. It describes the growth of each different form of auto racing as well as the people and technologies that made it ever faster.
  

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Contents

THE GREATEST FIELD IN THE HISTORY OF RACING 1967 Indianapolis 500
105
IF YOU CANT BUY EM BEAT EM Ford Takes Le Mans
107
THE EAGLE FLIES AT SPA
111
RICHARD PETTY BECOMES KING RICHARD 1967
113
UNLIMITED DREAMS DOMINANT REALITY CanAm
115
MOVIES Go RACING AND A FEW GET IT RIGHT
119
SPRINTS AND MIDGETS
121
SPORTS CARS OR STOCK CARS? TransAm
124

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
22
MERCER Americas First Great Race Car
26
STUTZ The Car That Made Good in a Day
27
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX Prewar
28
THE BROTHERS DUESENBERG
31
DUESENBERG WINS AT THE FRENCH GRAND PRIX
33
HOLY TRINITY AND THE MIRACULOUS MOTORS Miller Offenhauser Goossen
35
FRANK LOCKHART
38
LAND SPEED RECORD To 1939
39
STICKS INSTEAD OF BRICKS Racing on the Boards
40
THE VANDERBILT TROPHY ROOSEVELT RACEWAY REVIVAL 19361937
42
HIGH SPEEDS IN THE HlGH DESERT
44
BILL FRANCE BUILDS NASCAR
46
BLUE CROWN SPECIALS
49
HAULIN SHINE AND RACIN HELL Good Ole Boys
51
HE DID IT His WAY Cunningham Challenges Europe
53
IT SURE SOUNDED LIKE A WINNER Novi
56
WILBUR SHAW The Man Who Owned Indy
58
DRAG RACING From Main Street to Mainstream
62
THE BEST REVENGE Is REVENGE The Mighty 300s
65
TONY HULMAN IMS and USAC
67
THE TWEEDY JACKET SET Sports Car Club of America
69
CARRERA PANAMERICANA The Pan American Road Race
71
THE RACE OF Two WORLDS Monza 19571958
72
RUN WHAT You BRUNG Formula Libre at Lime Rock
74
ALL AMERICAN SPORTS CAR Corvette
75
AJ FOYT Winning Was Everything
79
REAR ENGINE REVOLUTION
81
WHEN HOLMAN AND MOODY MEANT FORD
84
GARLITS GOES TO THE REAR
86
AMERICAS FIRST WORLD CHAMPION Phil Hill 1961
88
TOTAL PERFORMANCE Ford Takes on Everyone
90
THE WHITE WINGED WARRIORS Chaparral
93
KARTING If You Dont Have Kart Experience You Dont Have a Prayer
96
CARROLL SHELBYS GREATEST PRODUCT AND THE COBRA
97
LINDA VAUGHN Racings Big Sister
101
ANDY GRANATELLI AND THE WHOOSHMOBILE STP Turbine
102
EVERYONES MR SPEED Mickey Thompson
127
IT SURE SOUNDED GOOD ON PAPER Formula 5000
129
RECORDS WITHOUT LIMITATIONS Land Speed Record Postwar
131
WERE JUST RACING FOR TROPHIES The SCCA Runoffs
134
MORE THAN ACTING LIKE A RACER Paul Newman
136
WINGS AND WIDE TIRES EXPLOIT THE WIND McLarens and Eagles
137
IMCA Racing Within Limits
141
NEW TRACKS BUILT 19491971
142
THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE Roger Penske and Mark Donohue
145
I CAN GO SLOW FASTER THAN YOU CAN Bracket Racing
150
THIS TIME WITH MORE RULES AND MORE COMPETITION CanAm Reborn
151
DIRT ON DIRT
152
A GREAT IDEA SOLD OUT International Race of Champions
154
AMERICAN FORMULA ONE Shadow Penske and Parnelli
156
A TRUE WORLD CHAMPION Mario Andretti
158
ROAD RACING GOES PROFESSIONAL John Bishop and IMS A
162
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX POSTWAR
165
UNSER THE FIRST CLAN OF RACING
168
AWESOME BILL FROM DAWSONVILLE Bill Elliott in 1985
173
WORLD OF OUTLAWS
175
TRACKS LOST 19711986
177
EIGHT IN A Row NISSAN GTPs
178
THE NEW FUEL OF RACING Sponsorship
181
ITS MORE THAN JUST AN OLD CAR THING Vintage Racing
184
THE OPEN WHEEL SCHISM CART the IRL and All Those Egos
186
GORDON DOESNT TAKE LANIER
191
THE VIPER STRIKES FOR DODGE
193
WHOS THIS GUY PANOZ?
194
THE LUCK OF BEING EARNHARDT
196
SPORTS CAR SPLIT IMSASportsCarUSRRCALMSGrandAm
200
THE NEW SPEEDWAYS 1986 On
202
LOTECH WITH HIGH EXCITEMENT NASCAR Trucks
204
A DAY FOR HISTORY John Force Kenny Bernstein and Shirley Muldowney
206
EPILOGUE
209
BIBLIOGRAPHY
211
INDEX
213
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About the author (2004)

J.A. Martin has written features on motorsports for several newspapers and lives in Baltimore. Thomas F. Saal is a former editor of the newsletter for the Automotive Historical Society and lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

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