City of Speed: Los Angeles and the Rise of American Racing

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Los Angeles is the City of Speed. For decades, stretching back to the early 1920s, L.A. and Southern California have offered up the fastest, bravest, craziest race drivers; ingenious, madman car builders; and ego-inflated promoters all setting the pace for American racing. Regardless the venue—drag strip, Bonneville, road race course, Indianapolis, Supercross arena, dirt track, NASCAR oval—L.A. always had the hot driver, the demon tweak, or the unanticipated angle to leave the ...

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Overview

Los Angeles is the City of Speed. For decades, stretching back to the early 1920s, L.A. and Southern California have offered up the fastest, bravest, craziest race drivers; ingenious, madman car builders; and ego-inflated promoters all setting the pace for American racing. Regardless the venue—drag strip, Bonneville, road race course, Indianapolis, Supercross arena, dirt track, NASCAR oval—L.A. always had the hot driver, the demon tweak, or the unanticipated angle to leave the competition gasping to keep up.

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SpeedTV.com, May 2007
“One of Scalzo’s greatest gifts is his ability to find exceptional quotes … Photo captions are difficult to write well. Scalzo is exceptional at it … Scalzo complements his captions with exceptional prose in the book itself. City of Speed is indeed a great read. Joe Scalzo’s refreshing writing style earns four out of five lugnuts.”

Edmunds.com,  May 2007
“You'll probably forget to look at the photos as you're reading. The writing is funny and snarky, and you'll feel like you've been let into a secret club whose members included Mickey Thompson and Carroll Shelby, with membership meetings at Bonneville and Riverside International Raceway. There's nitty-gritty about life in the day – the players, the locations to see and be seen at, and the innards of the cars; plus there's coverage of races (both formal and impromptu ones). We think Chapter three's title gives the best taste of what you're in for: ‘Dung Beetles, Junkyard Hounds, Poisonous Vipers, Big Cucumbers and Jumpin' Jugheads.’”

Victory Lane, May 2007
“From the vivid red and yellow racy cover to the contents with its treasure trove of racing stories and photos, this book well presents the sunshine drenched era which was the home base for many outstanding racing personalities, cars, and speed parts and in which hundreds of tracks were in operation. A well-told saga that is an absorbing and entertaining read.”

Road & Track Magazine, August 2007

“Whether you are a local L.A. resident or observer from afar, you will enjoy this book!”

 

Life After 50 Magazine, July 2007

City of Speed manages somehow to work as a ‘coffee table’ book and a good read, a publishing feat you don’t often see.”

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760327203
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Scalzo authors books about fast race cars, fast flat-track and Grand Prix motorcycles, and fast and crazy folk. Born in Los Angeles, he is a forever resident of tiny Sierra Madre, California, where for many years he carried the American flag in the Fourth of July parade and was a daytime and nighttime smoke-eater and emergency medical technician in the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department. His previous Motorbooks title was Grand National.

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Table of Contents

City of Speed Contents

Chapter One: Millermania

Chapter Two: AHRAHARAHARAH!

Chapter Three: Dung Beetles, Junkyard Hounds, Poisonous Vipers, Big Cucumbers, and Jumpin’ Jugheads

Chapter Four: Battlegrounds

Chapter Five: Battlers

Chapter Six: Sugar Daddies

Chapter Seven: Salt Shakers

Chapter Eight: Artsy-Craftsy

Chapter Nine: Ballyhoo Merchants

Chapter Ten: $$$$$$$$$

Chapter Eleven: Schmoozin’ and Boozin’

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