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Auto Racing Comes of Age: A Transatlantic View of the Cars, Drivers and Speedways, 1900-1925
     

Auto Racing Comes of Age: A Transatlantic View of the Cars, Drivers and Speedways, 1900-1925

by Robert Dick
 

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The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925

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The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925 examines transatlantic influences, early dirt track racing, and the birth of the twin-cam engine and the straight-eight. It also explores the origins of the Bennett and Vanderbilt races, the early career of “America’s Speed King” Barney Oldfield, the rise of the speedway specials from Marmon, Mercer, Stutz and Duesenberg, and developments from Peugeot, Delage, Ballot, Fiat, and Bugatti. This informative work provides welcome insight into a defining period in motorsports.

Editorial Reviews

SAH Journal
Promises the reader the ride of a life-time.... This is a fascinating book and well worth the time to explore, as the reader will get a solid historical foundation in 'veteran to vintage' era American and European auto racing
Choice
meticulously incorporates media reports from and histories of the era...recommended
Classic & Sports Car
Dick provides a fresh perspective on the leading racers. Dick has unearthed a wealth of historic photos
From the Publisher
“Promises the reader the ride of a life-time.... This is a fascinating book and well worth the time to explore, as the reader will get a solid historical foundation in ‘veteran to vintage’ era American and European auto racing”—SAH Journal; “meticulously incorporates media reports from and histories of the era...recommended”—Choice; “Dick provides a fresh perspective on the leading racers. Dick has unearthed a wealth of historic photos”—Classic & Sports Car; “provides a lot of the answers from a technical viewpoint a lot of other books fail to answer concerning the early advances of engines...wonderful anecdotes of drivers, and sometimes the races and companies, which have never been reported before...extremely well researched”—Auto Racing History; “vivid text...many fascinating photos and action shots not seen before...not just informative but also entertaining and packed with incidents.... Anybody who wants to learn about this era (the early years of automobile racing) should get this important book”—Autosport.com; “superb history...highly recommended”—Octane; “excellent”—SpeedReaders; “recommended”—Reference & Research Book News.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786466702
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2013
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,200,642
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Robert Dick is a historian in mechanical engineering and automotive matters. He lives in Spicheren, France.

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