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Posted October 23, 2013
I smile as I read it. The experiences of the main character are as realistic as the description of the races and the personalities driving and owning the cars. Those wanting a window post WWII racing will thoroughly enjoy this book! those who just want a good read will be enchanted, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2012
Posted January 22, 2012
This is a delightful story of a young man, who, due to his attraction to a young woman, falls into a job working at a service station where he learns of his natural ability to service automobiles and, ultimately, gets into the infancy of road racing in the U.S.
Rich characters and vividly drawn environs of early road racing are intertwined with somewhat folksy laugh-out-loud humor.
Being a mechanic myself, I really appreciate the author's ignoring of traditional protocol of supplying a shill who asks all the technical mechanic-related questions. If you don't know the effect changing the jets in a carburetor will have or what adjusting the valves is all about, well, TS.
I highly recommend this very refreshing (with a nostalgic bittersweet depth) and reflective-of-a-simpler-time novel to anyone interested in sports car racing...or a great story.
P.S. Beware: this is the first in an additive series.
I am now "hooked" on Burt Levy's writing style. My favorite is "Montezuma's Ferrari", part 2 in the Buddy Palumbo series.
Fantastic mix of historical racing folks & fictional characters (my favorite is "Big Ed"). You can almost hear the heavy New Jersey accents. A nice blend of racing stories & human interest "drama". Really funny - especially Levy's decsriptions of family dinners at Thanksgiving & Christmas.
Brought back many memories for me.
Posted July 30, 2002
I enjoyed letting my imagination get lost in the world of sports car racing in the 50's. Burt Levy weaves a funny path through the world of a young man coming of age and having been bitten by the racing bug. A must read for any car enthusiast.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2000
This is a fun reading book for car enthusiasts of all ages, whether you were there in 1952 or just able to read about it now. This book is one that makes me feel I was born too late. I envy the guys who were in sports car racing when road courses were road courses. A fun reading, light hearted adventure book not for someone looking for a super serious novel. Proof that motorheads can read and write.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2000
I loved this book! Burt Levy, who likes to go by 'BS' Levy, really recreates the feel of the sports car scene in the 1950's. The lead character, Buddy Palumbo, is so real you'll feel like he's an old friend. The setting brings back a time when the world was innocent and full of surprises. The cars which are now viewed as priceless investments were being used as they were meant to be. This was the most enjoyable read I've had in a long time! I hated to finish it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2000
Loved the book. Fabulous story of post war era sports car culture, wrapped around a solid plot line. Well researched. Highly recommend for all who are looking for a taste of what the golden age of sports cars was like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.