Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR

Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR

by Neal Thompson
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Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been following NASCAR since 1979. Being raised in the south I'd always known there was a connection between bootleggers and stock car racing but Neil Thompson brings to life the history, the drivers and the driven! I found myself excitedly rooting for the likes of Raymond Parks, Red Byron, Seay, Hall, Vogt, Turner, the Flocks and so many others even if it was whiskey trippin' that allowed them each to develop their respective talents. Matter-of-fact it was because of this illegal activity and the ability of Big Bill France to dictate the sports future direction that we can now enjoy the high speed, tactical and often times heart pounding, visually awe inspiring sport of NASCAR. Thanks Neil for your in-depth research and analysis. For connecting the past to the present in a clear and fascinating page turner. Whether or not the France family or Mike Helton or any of their cronies will ever admit or acknowledge it, moonshine fueled the early years and utimately set them up like fat cats and you've laid it all out in print!
Anonymous 9 months ago
It is wonderful to have suck a detailed look into the birth of NASCAR and the men who gave birth to it. At time it almost felt as it I was in the room with these men.
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ErikEllefson More than 1 year ago
I have never been a huge fan of, NASCAR but this book might have changed that. The time that Thompson took to give you background information on every single topic that is brought up that you might not know about. I really liked the description and back story that he included to every city and track that was mentioned. Another aspect of this book that I also liked is how the book is set up going chronologically through events jumping to multiple people and showing how they contributed to the sport or how they were an influence on it. Overall I am amazed at the amount of research and fact that are included in this book and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in NASCAR or just cars in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Southern history and racing - you will enjoy this book. Well written and with much research.
WAP3rd More than 1 year ago
I have been intimately involved in NASCAR for 50 years and although the names Parks, Vogt and Byron were familiar, I never knew their stories. This book is a history lesson on more than NASCAR with relevant side-stories about Ford, moonshining, WWII and the poor depression-era South.
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mxer514 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a book that I could actually read all the way through without being bored. It definitely showed the hard work and determination needed to bring Nascar to where it is a multi-billion dollar sport today. I definitely recommend reading this book if you like stories about people who are thrill seekers. From moonshinig to racing, you will be eager to turn to the next page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago