5 books you don’t have be a race fan to love

One of the best comments we received from a fan still sticks with us to this day:

“Every time, I go to the Automobilia show, I always look for your table to see “what’s new.” Even if I am not that terribly interested in the subject matter, I still purchase the book(s) because I KNOW the subject matters!”

It always reminds us to persistent with our research and to keep writing before the stories are too far gone. So as summer winds down, we rounded up a few books that aren’t just for the die-hard race fan. They tell dang good stories we hope anyone will enjoy reading.

The Last Days of Henry Ford

Henry Ford the industrialist has been dissected by many authors and business school courses before. This book, however, paints him in a much more human light. From his loss of control of the mega company he built to his poetic death Easter weekend during a record storm, you will live Mr. Ford’s final days with him in a way few biographical stories do. Whether you are familiar with the man’s accomplishments or not, this slice of life regarding one of the most influential men of the twentieth century is a must read.

Penske’s Maestro: Karl Kainhofer and the History of Penske Racing — Out of Stock

kain-cover-3dKarl Kainhofer, an Austrian-born Porsche-trained master mechanic, was Roger Penske’s personal race mechanic, preparing many of the cars Penske raced in the late nineteen-fifties and early sixties. When Penske started the Penske Racing organization in 1966 Kainhofer was the first man he hired as a full-time employee. In researching and writing ‘Penske’s Maestro’ veteran American racing writer and award-winning author Gordon Kirby interviewed more than sixty people who worked with Kainhofer at Penske Racing over the years. Hence the book relates not only Karl’s life history but also the inside story of Penske Racing’s first 32 years

Frank Lockhart: American Speed King

frank-coverThe compellingly self-confident, handsome, gifted race driver and mechanical genius Frank Lockhart has long captured the imagination and curiosity of generations of automobile racing fans as a classic example of the “What if he had lived?” enigma. Even today, there remains a certain mystery about Frank’s amazing talent and fearless driving ability. Authors Sarah Morgan-Wu and Jim O’Keefe have uncovered long-forgotten or hidden information that sheds important light on the true nature of Frank and his remarkable if all too short flash of brilliance on the stage of American automobile racing.

Jim McGee: Crew Chief of Champions

mcgee-coverMcGee’s cars won 90 races between 1965-2005, including four Indy 500s and nine Indy car championships. This book features interviews with all the top drivers and team owners McGee worked with over his long career, including championship-winning drivers Mario Andretti (three times), Tom Sneva (twice), Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal and Nigel Mansell. This new work also traces McGee’s role in the development of today’s big race teams with fleets of engineers in contrast to the three and four-man teams of the early ’60s.

Second to One: All But For Indy

second-to-one-coverIn a volume that could as well have been titled “Nobody Cares Who Finished Second”, authors Joe Freeman and Gordon Kirby go against the popular grain to offer the remarkable stories of forty race car drivers who came up one position short in the Indy 500. Whether from a stroke of bad luck, an unfortunate last minute mistake, or just the intervention of fate, they were never able to win America’s greatest race, the Indianapolis 500. It is with this volume that Freeman and Kirby hope to even the score and encourage the additional study of the careers and achievements of the many great racers whose stories have been lost to history.

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