Title: American Road Racing: The 1930s.
Publisher: Garnet Hill Publishing
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Brand new 9 x 12 hardback.
400 pages. 600 illustrations. Road racing in the United States was born during the 1930s with the founding of the Automobile Racing Club of America. It began on crude home-built dirt circuits with cars that were little more than the ancestors of today's go carts. By the end of the 1930s, ARCA races on public streets and roads evolved into a sport that attracted the finest examples of European road racing machines and one-off American specials. Packed with more than 600 rare period photographs and illustrations, this exciting 400-page book by historian, author and racer Joel Finn tells the fascinating tale of our homegrown road racing and the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cup races. The research is exhaustive, based largely on original documents from the archives of ARCA and lengthy interviews with its members and active participants in the sport. 32397D. Bookseller Inventory # 38187
Synopsis: Road racing in the United States was born during the 1930s, with the founding of the Automobile Racing Club of America. It all began on crude home-built dirt circuits with cars that were little more than the ancestors of today's go carts. By the end of the 1930s, ARCA races on public streets and roads evolved into a sport that attracted the finest examples of European road racing machines, including Maserati, Bugatti, Jaguar, and M.G., as well as one-off American specials. The book also tells the story of the Vanderbilt Cup races of 1936 and 1937, which were an ambitious attempt to bring professional road racing to America.
Packed with more than 600 rare period photographs and illustrations, this exciting 400 page book by historian, author and racer Joel Finn is based largely on original documents from the archives of the Automobile Racing Club of America and lengthy interviews with its members and active participants in the sport.
PUBCOMMENTS: A superb history. (Brock Yates, Car and Driver, 11/95). A landmark work...The most complete record of that period of road racing in this country...An absolute must for racing history enthusiasts. (David Woodhouse, Vintage Motorsport, 11/95). If you are at all serious about learning all of the history about M.G.s , then you need to have this book...It is a must...It is not often a book such as this comes along. Don't miss it. (Dick Knudson, M. G. Magazine, 12/95). Concise and easy to read...Packed with rare period photographs. (Jonathan Stein, Autoweek, 11/27/95). Priceless information. A real treasure to own. (Victory Lane, 11/95). A job well done. To anybody with a desire to learn about this fascinating period of racing, it is truly worth every dollar. (Jim Sitz, Road and Track, 2/96). Written in such an engaging way that you didn't want to stop reading...There are elements in the narrative that leave the reader smiling, and even laughing outright at the experiences of these wanna-be racers...The entire book is highly readable and entertaining. And it is beautifully presented. (Helen Hutchings, Old Cars, 2/22/96). Superb. (Mick Walsh, Classic and Sportscar, 6/96). A landmark book. (Walter Elliott, National Speed Sport News, 8/28/96). A delightful history...beautifully designed, written and illustrated. It's also great fun to read...Joel Finn has done a spectacular job of researching, writing and unearthing photographs...This book is a must-have for the road racing enthusiast. (Arthur Mitchell, Classic Automobile Register, 11-12/97).
About the Author: Joel Finn has been collecting, restoring and racing vintage automobiles for more than forty years. His previous books, now out of print and available only at collectors' bookshops, include highly regarded books on racing Ferraris and Maserattis, notably the TestaRossas and Birdcages.
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