"TV" Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's Master Showman

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MBI Publishing Company, Mar 4, 2011 - Transportation - 240 pages

DIVDIVIn the early 1960s, Tommy Ivo had the world in the palm of his hands. Still a young man, he was already a star of television and film with a promising Hollywood future ahead of him. Then his producers told him he had to quit drag racing. He quit the entertainment industry instead./divDIV /divThis is the official story of Ivo s incredible life and racing career. Readers will follow TV Tommy as he becomes the most ambitious drag racer in the nation, building his own cars in the garage behind his Burbank home; becoming the first driver to pilot his dragsters to 170, 175, and 180 miles per hour and towing his cars to match races at small-town drag strips across the United States. Always the showman, Ivo pioneered promotional techniques that are today taken for granted. In this regard especially, his impact on the sport cannot be understated, and his legacy is detailed in this incredible bio of one of drag racing s most irrepressible characters.

2011 International Automotive Media Gold Award Winner /div

 

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Contents

Foreword
10
Introduction
12
What Has Four Wheels and Flies?
14
The Kid with the Missing Front Teeth
20
Screw the Movies Im Going Racing
32
Life as a California Drag Racer
42
Touring the US 14 Mile at a Time
52
Ivos Fast 31
66
Leaving the Fast Lane Behind
224
A Life WellLived
230
Acknowledgments
236
Index
238
Copyright

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Tom Cotter writes regularly for Road & Track and is the author of Motorbooks acclaimed automotive rescue franchise, which includes The Cobra in the Barn (winner of a 2006 International Automotive Media Award) and its follow-ups, The Hemi in the Barn, The Vincent in the Barn, and The Corvette in the Barn. Tom also authored Motorbooks biography of car builder extraordinaire Dean Jeffries. He lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

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