The book begins in 1907, with the antics of Barnstormin' Barney Oldfield, and continues through the years, with coverage of racing exploits in San Diego, Balboa Park (including a race in conjunction with the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, now celebrating its centennial), Barona, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, La Jolla, Lakeside, Miramar, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, National City, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Otay Mesa, Ramona, Torrey Pines, Riverside, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Maywood, Hollywood, Baja California and beyond.
McDonald focuses on such well-known personalities as Jerry Baltes, "Wild" Bob Burman, "Bad Bill" Carlson, Earl Cooper, Raffaele "Ralph" DePalma, "Rajo" Jack DeSoto, Chet Gardner, Al Gordon, Dan Gurney, Jimmie Johnson, Parnelli Jones, Earl Mansell, Rex Mays, Curly Mills, Roger Penske, Don Prudhomme, Eddie Rickenbacker, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Mickey Thompson and many others, along with future actress Raquel Welch, the San Diego beauty queen who awarded trophies to race winners.
In addition, the author puts the spotlight on every type of racing you can imagine, including auto, hot rod, midget, jalopy, sports car, modified and drag, along with motocross, supercross, dune buggies, stock cars, hydroplanes and monster trucks.
McDonald, a San Diego County-based writer, has a passion for automobiles and racing that hasn't diminished in his 60-plus-year writing career. "San Diego Motorsports 100 Racing Years" is filled with hundreds of historic photos of major people and events from McDonald's own collection, which includes more than 800 auto and motorcycle racing images and countless programs, press kits and other memorabilia. It was all made possible by the author's work as a former co-promoter of motorsports events at four Southern California fairs, his service on the public relations staffs at the Del Mar Fair and Qualcomm Stadium, and his positions as a former marketing director for the San Diego Automotive Museum and consultant for the Hall of Champions.
"I look back and wonder how I did so many things!" he said in June 2015.
Williams Savage Books is proud to reprint "San Diego Motorsports 100 Racing Years - A Johnny McDonald Collection."
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About the Author
Johnny McDonald's articles and stories have appeared in both national and regional publications, prompting "Car and Driver Magazine" to describe him as one of the nation's most influential motorsports writers.
In his long and illustrious career, McDonald covered 10 Indianapolis 500s, five Daytona 500s and more than 100 motorsports events in the West.
He served three years as president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association and founded the All-American driver team, now in its 43rd year as of 2015.
He has served as president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association; is a current writer for Ramona Home Journal, which features his column "Behind the Wheel;" worked for years as a motorsports writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune; and put his skills to use as a former marketing director for the San Diego Automotive Museum. In addition, he has publicized and promoted motorsports events at six Southern California fairs.
His earlier books include "Under the Green: A Guide to Auto Racing," for which he was honored in 1977, and "Green Dragons of World War II." He is also a winner of numerous awards in San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism competitions.
McDonald lives in San Diego, California, and has been married 59 years to his wife, Maxine. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters, and have eight grandchildren.