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Top Ten American Racing Books

To ease your Holiday shopping needs, here are our top ten selections for American racing related books. If nothing here grabs your fancy, use the search box at the bottom. When you're done here, see our other Top Ten Shopping Lists.

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The Cars of Vel Miletich and Parnelli Jones Book
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The Cars of Vel Miletich and Parnelli Jones
by Jim Dilamarter and Ren Wicks Jr.
Vel Miletich, Parnelli Jones, and their Vel’s Parnelli Jones (VPJ) Racing team of drivers, engineers, designers, fabricators and mechanics dominated the American automobile racing scene of the 1970s from Jones’s humble early career, to the pinnacle of motorsports. Hardbound, 13-3/4 x 9-1/4 inches, 204 pages, 275 color and 66 b&w illustrations.
 
Formula One at Watkins Glen Book
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Formula One at Watkins Glen
by Michael Argetsinger
Presents a vivid and often intimate account of the 20-year period that the United States Grand Prix was held at the classic upstate New York track. Author Michael Argetsinger was a young man when his parents, Cameron and Jean, first brought Formula One to Watkins Glen, and he grew up working with racing as the family business. He brings us his firsthand perspective on this unforgettable era. Hardbound, 9 x 11 inches, 160 pages, 150 color and 91 b&w photos.
 
Inside Shelby American Book
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Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s
by John Morton
In the late 1950s, a young John Morton was transfixed with sports car racing. His dreams of competition eventually led him to enroll, in 1962, in the Shelby School of High Performance Driving. In a bold moment after the last class, Morton asked Carroll Shelby if he might come to work for the newly formed Shelby American. Over the next three years, Morton would be a firsthand witness to the evolution of one of the most iconic sports car builders and racing teams of the 1960s. Hardbound, 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches, 256 pages, 46 color and 90 b&w illustrations.
 
Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter Miles Past Book
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Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter Miles Past
by Tommy Lee Byrd
During the 50s and 60s, the sport of drag racing exploded in popularity. In its early days, drag racing had a class for everybody, from professional rails to 4-door sedans. This book takes a look at many of the lost quarter-mile tracks across the country. Some of them are gone completely; paved over to make room for housing developments or strip malls. Others are ghostly remnants of what once was, offering a sad and even eerie subject for the photographer. Softbound, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, 176 pages.
 
Carroll Shelby Book
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Carroll Shelby
by Rinsey Mills
This book is the complete, authorized biography of Carroll Shelby including images from Shelby's personal collection. It's the story every enthusiast has always wanted to read. Hardbound, 6-1/2 x 9-3/4 inches, 552 pages, 25 color and 40 b&w illustrations.
 
Corvette Racing Book
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Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans
by David Kimble
Noted automotive writer and renowned artist David Kimble delves deep into Vette’s on-track history to provide the most thorough Corvette racing history ever published. Corvette Racing is illustrated with rare images from GM’s media and design archives and complemented by Kimble’s own stunning cutaway artwork. Hardbound, 10 x 12-1/4 inches, 256 pages, 155 color and 95 b&w illustrations.
 
As a Matter of Fact I Am Parnelli Jones Book
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As a Matter of Fact I Am Parnelli Jones
by Parnelli Jones and Bones Bourcier
At long last, Parnelli tells the story of his incredible racing life. It's all here: his hungry days as a traveling Sprint Car driver, the danger and glamour of Indy Car racing's Championship Trail, the thrilling NASCAR victories, the Trans-Am road-racing titles, the bumpy rides to Baja 1000 glory, the magnificent triumphs and searing tragedies he witnessed along the way. Hardbound, 276 pages, color and b&w illustrations.
 
Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 Book
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Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500
by Donald Davidson and Rick Shaffer
This is the story of the Indianapolis 500 and how it came to be. This is the story of more than 100 editions of the race, interspersed with a look at some of the compelling personalities, some little-known facts, an attempt to document the origins of some of the traditions, and perhaps even to dispel a few myths. From Harroun to Franchitti, it's all here. Hardbound, 9 x 12-1/4 inches, 400 pages, 900 color and b&w illustrations.
 
Evel The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel Book
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Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend
by Leigh Montville
Evel Knievel, the father of extreme sports, was a high-flying daredevil. He was the personification of excitement and danger and showmanship, and represented a unique slice of American culture and patriotism. But behind the flash and the frenzy, who was this man in red, white, and blue? With characteristic flair and insight, Leigh Montville delves into Knievel’s amazing place in pop culture. Softbound, 5-1/4 x 8 inches, 432 pages.
 
The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972 Book
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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972
by David Tom
Focuses on the cars used in this legendary series. These vintage Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Barracudas, Firebirds, Cougars and AMXs all have become extremely popular with collectors and enthusiasts today. Seeing them in their 'full competition' versions when they were new will bring back many fond memories for those who were fans of this series. Hardbound, 8-3/4 x 11 inches, 192 pages.


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