Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing's Glory Years

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 244 pages
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Against Death and Time is a chronicle of one fatal season, 1955, in the postwar glory years of racecar driving. It is the story of the reckless, dispossessed young men who raced not for fame or money - there was none - but for "the sheer unvarnished hell of it." Brock Yates has been writing about cars and drivers for more than thirty years and is one of the best-known people in the racing world. He raced his own car for a season in an adventure recorded in one of his six books, Sunday Driver. He has been widely published, from Playboy to the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on every major television network as both a racing and automotive industry commentator. With an absolute command of the period, Brock tells of the larger-than-life characters compelled to compete against themselves, time, and death. Against Death and Time is based on interviews with dozens of surviving racers, car owners, mechanics, and historians, and Brock's own research in the archives of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Detroit Public Library Auto Archive, United States Auto Club, Henry Ford Museum, Smithsonian Institute, and those of contemporaneous newspapers and periodicals. Brock's experience and reporting impart the immediacy of fiction to this minutely accurate account.

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A veteran columnist at Car & Driver magazine, Yates relives 1955 in automotive racing a year in which crashes cost many lives of both drivers and spectators and nearly ended the sport. Assuming the ... Read full review

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Brock Yates is Editor-at-Large and featured columnist for Car and Driver, erstwhile CBS Sports analyst, and commentator for the Speed Channel Motorsports Cable Network.

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