Richard Petty; The Cars of the King

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What were the first cars Richard Petty drove? Was his number always 43? When did he start painting the cars Petty Blue? How did Petty Enterprises end up with Pontiac? The list goes on and on. The more the authors researched, the more they realized that large portions of the King's career are obscure, a mystery to the legions of stock car racing fans and modelers who have discovered the sport in recent years. All this information and more is included for the die-hard race fan or modeler.

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Bongard has been a Richard Petty fan since his Dad introduced him to stock car racing when he was a young boy. He found hobbies such as photography, model building, and writing naturalways of understanding and appreciating more aboout racing. He has worked extensively in the photographic industry, written many how-to articles and features, and won numerous awards for hi models.

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Richard Petty has been quoted as saying "Lord knows we don't need another book on Richard Petty." Then why did Richard allow another book of himself on the market?

"I've had lot of folks ask us all sorts of questions," Petty says. "Real often they will ask questions about things that were forgotten about a long time ago. This is a book about the race cars that have come out of the shops of Petty Enterprises."

With this different approach, readers of Richard Petty: The Cars of the King, do not necessarily have to be Petty fans. As a car enthusiast, the reader is taken through a chronology of cars that Richard was associated with in the early '60s to the vehicles used by the Petty team in 1997. -- Beckett Racing & Motorsports Marketplace January 1998

When it comes to the most beloved of all stock car racers, Richard Petty has to be at the top of the list. How else could he have garnered the same nickname as Elvis? There has been tons of stuff written about Petty's career, most of it about Petty himself. But there is a new book out that is dedicated to the cars driven and owned by Petty. It is aptly named The Cars of the King.... "I guess that's what makes this book so interesting. This is not just another story about me. Lord knows we don't need another book on Richard Petty." -- Richard Petty: The Cars of the King Sun Herald December 31, 1997 Claude Lewis

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