Taken by Speed: Fallen Heroes of Motor Sport and Their Legacies

Taken by Speed: Fallen Heroes of Motor Sport and Their Legacies

by Connie Ann Kirk


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442277618
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/22/2017
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 1,095,943
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Connie Ann Kirk writes primarily in the areas of motor sport and literature, publishing frequently on the topics in print and online. She has been credentialed to cover racing trackside by the professional racing series of Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA, as well as for historic/vintage racing events such as the Goodwood Revival in England. The author of more than ten books, Kirk was awarded an Artist’s Crossroads grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for her work in motor racing.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Cruel Beauty of Motor Sport xvii

1 Fathers and Sons, Speed and Superstitions: Alberto Ascari 1

2 The Fog of War and Motion: Le Mans, 1955 15

3 Smoke over the Heartland: 1964 Indy 500 31

4 Natural Jim Clark 53

5 Achiever Bruce McLaren 75

6 Romantic François Cevert 89

7 Driven Gilles Villeneuve 105

8 Mystic Ayrton Senna 125

9 Rebel Dale Earnhardt 147

10 Still Happening: Bianchi, Wheldon, Wilson 161

11 Great Escapes 175

Conclusion: Speed and Passion 197

Appendix A Timeline of Selected Motor Sport, Automotive, World, and Cultural Events 203

Appendix B Timeline of Safety and Mechanical Changes in Formula One International Motor Racing 207

Notes 213

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