“I’ve had lot of folks ask us all sorts of questions,” Petty says. “Real often they will ask questions about things that were forgotten about a long time ago. This is a book about the race cars that have come out of the shops of Petty Enterprises.” With this different approach, readers of Richard Petty: The Cars of the King, do not necessarily have to be Petty fans. As a car enthusiast, the reader is taken through a chronology of cars that Richard was associated with in the early ‘60s to the vehicles used by the Petty team in 1997.
Richard Petty: The Cars of the Kingby Tim Bongard, Robert Coulter (Joint Author)
What were the first cars Richard Petty drove? Was his number always 43? When did he start painting the cars Petty Blue? How did Petty Enterprises end up with Pontiac? The list goes on and on. The more the authors researched, the more they realized that large portions of the King's career are obscure, a mystery to the legions of stock car racing fans and modelers
What were the first cars Richard Petty drove? Was his number always 43? When did he start painting the cars Petty Blue? How did Petty Enterprises end up with Pontiac? The list goes on and on. The more the authors researched, the more they realized that large portions of the King's career are obscure, a mystery to the legions of stock car racing fans and modelers who have discovered the sport in recent years. All this information and more is included for the die-hard race fan or modeler.
There has been tons of stuff written about Petty’s career, most of it about Petty himself. But there is a new book out that is dedicated to the cars driven and owned by Petty. It is aptly named The Cars of the King.
Penned by longtime Petty fans Tim Bongard and Bill Coulter and published by Sports Publishing Inc., this 259-page book not only has all the stories on every car ever raced and owned by Petty, but it also has chapters on the cars driven by his father, Lee, and son Kyle.
The Cars of the King not only has a lot of text, but there are hundreds of photos of Petty’s cars from his first 1957 Oldsmobile Convertible through the Plymouth glory years up to the last car he drove-the 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix SE. As Petty says in the liner notes: “Over the years, I’ve had lots of folks ask us all sorts of questions about the cars I drove. People sometimes amaze me with what they remember about me and those cars and real often they will ask questions about things that were forgotten about a long time ago.”
“I guess that’s what makes this book so interesting. This is not just another story about me. Lord knows we don’t need another book on Richard Petty.”
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Meet the Author
Bongard has been a Richard Petty fan since his Dad introduced him to stock car racing when he was a young boy. He found hobbies such as photography, model building, and writing naturalways of understanding and appreciating more aboout racing. He has worked extensively in the photographic industry, written many how-to articles and features, and won numerous awards for hi models.
Coulter is a well-known author in the automotive industry as well as the scale modeling hobby. His numerous articles have appeared in many magazines over the past 20 years.
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