Motor Racing at Nassau in the 1950s & 1960s

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, 15 nov 2008 - 96 pagine
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Motor Racing at Nassau focuses on the vision of one man, Captain Sherman ‘Red’ Crise, and his quest to bring motor racing to the Bahamas. From its stuttering start in 1954, his event rapidly developed in stature to become the most important and prestigious sports car event on the race calendar other than World Championship events. The races started in the mid-1950s and continued for thirteen years, and are described by many commentators as the ‘Golden Age’ of motor racing, where internationally acclaimed drivers attended Nassau to mix with the many amateur racers from America and enjoy the sun, parties and racing. For many drivers, the social scene was as important as the racing, and in later years prize money was an extra incentive to turn up – in 1960, it was claimed to be the highest paying event on the race calendar. Words alone cannot begin to describe the atmosphere generated at the races, so the wealth of previously unpublished photographs together with a complete collection of program covers, and other material accumulated during six years of research, bring real vibrancy to these fascinating race accounts.
 

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Sommario

Acknowledgements Foreword
4
First races at Windsor Field
7
Consolidation 1956 Final races at Windsor Field 15
19
A move to Oakes Field
22
Oakes Course a change of direction
27
Politics and racing
35
Single seat racing Formula Junior
43
1961Two for Dan Gurney 1962 Lotus XIX stranglehold 47
47
American muscle
62
Penskes year 1965 Foreseeing the future 69
69
The final scene Summary of winners 85
85
Index
95
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (2008)

Terry O'Neil has been living and working in Stourbridge for the past 33 years, recently retiring from his commercial stationary business to concentrate on race research and writing. Terry is married and has two daughters. He is an active member of the Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain, and enjoys the role of archivist for the club. He has written a book about the Bahamas Speed Weeks as well as numerous articles for the Ferrari magazine, and has contributed articles to both Cavallino magazine and Vintage Racecar Journal. His enthusiasm for researching less well-documented races led him to follow up the Bahamas Speed Weeks book with this Racing at Nassau publication. He is currently researching and writing a book about the series of races held on active Air Force bases in America during the early to mid 1950s.

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