Alex Gabbard INDY's Wildest Decade

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INDY's Wildest Decade

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It's been said a thousand times: necessity is the mother of invention. In racing, the need is for speed, and invention and innovation are the keys to going faster and beating the competition. Nowhere is this more true than at the Indianapolis 500. From the start, Indy has been a hotbed of racing innovation. The early years saw the advancement of engine and chassis design, culminating in Harry Miller's cars and engines that dominated the '20s. In the '30s, the Great Depression hit racing budgets hard; Indy produced the "Junk Formula", and racers responded with a dizzying array of low-buck, home-brew entries. The '40s and '50s saw the rise of the Offy-powered Indy roadsters, but iconoclasts still brought Novis, diesels, sixwheelers, and other oddities to America's greatest race to try their hand. Then in the '60s, all hell broke loose, with one revolution after another racing around the 2.5-mile Brickyard. In this book, Alex Gabbard covers the history of innovation and racing experimentation at the Indy 500, from the Miller era through the Junk Formula and the Roadster era, then gives you a year-by-year account of Indy's wildest decade ever, the 1960s. The transition to rear-engine cars, followed by Ford's stock-block V-8 challengers, turbo versions of both Fords and Offys, STP's turbine cars, DOHC Fords, wider tires, engineers, aerodynamics - all combined to produce some incredible racing that changed the face of Indy forever. Profusely illustrated with more than 300 photos (nearly half of them in color), this book is sure to become a classic among Indy racing fans.

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Alex Gabbard is a well established automotive historian with hundreds of magazine features and 17 published books to date, three of his books receiving "Book of the Year" recognition in International competition. In addition to lifetime interests in auto racing, the author is a mechanical engineer and career physicist at a National Laboratory.

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Profusely illustrated with more than 330 photos (over half of them in color), this book is sure to become a classic among Indy racing fans. --CarTech Books

Tired of spec cars? This great new books if for you. Extensive coverage of the Brickyard from 1961 thru 1971. It started innocently enough when Jack Brabham brought over a rear engined Cooper Climax, intensified with Colin Chapman's nimble little Lotus 2 yearsf later, then went completely bonkers with Andy Granatelli's turbine cars. Drivers turned manufacturers Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones and Bruce McLaren brought their new designs and a fellow named Penske came on the scene. Great photos! --The Motorsport Collector

Subtitled Innovation and Revolution at the Brickyard, this lavishly illustrated book tells the story of Indycars in the 1960s. At the start of the decade they were all front engined roadsters, then Jack Brabham turned up with that funny little Cooper and within 10 years, race goers were seeing turbo-charged winged monsters. Along the way there were plenty of interesting experiments with gas turbines, 4-wheel drive, and twin engines. Most of the more extreme machines are featured in some detail with plenty of photos. Although the majority of the book is dedicated to the '60s, the early chapters prove that nothing ever new and highlight the more innovative machines from earlier decades. A fascinating read and valuable library addition. --Four Small Wheels

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