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Kurtis-Kraft / Masterworks of Speed and Style (LAID IN IS AUTHOR'S TYPED LETTER SIGNED)

White, Gordon Eliot

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ISBN 10: 0760309108 / ISBN 13: 9780760309100
Published by MBI Pulishing / Motorbooks International, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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"First published in 2001 by MBI Publishing Company." Laid into this book is a typed letter signed by author Gordon E. White, addressed to the previous owner of this copy, Ray Melton, at an address in Henderson, Nevada, dated 2003. (There is no author signature directly to pages of this book; signature refers to the signed letter laid in.) Letter begins "Dear Ray, Thank you for the good words about 'Kurtis-Kraft,' my third book on racing history. . . . To answer your questions, I do believe the Ross Page car still exists, in a california collection, though I do not know its exact location. The Phillips Miller has, I think, been re-converted to Bugatti power. . . ." Author White then goes on to discuss the status of the Bill Hughes car and the ten Miller-Fords, concluding "If you enjoyed 'Kurtis-Kraft,' perhaps you would be interested in 'Offenhauser,' 'Kurtis Indianapolis Cars,' and my new book, to be out in April, 'Lost Race Tracks." Individual promotional sheets for those books also enclosed. According to his letterhead stationery, author White held the US/FIA International 2,000 cc speed record, served as an Auto Racing Advisor to the Smithsonian Institution and as archivist for the Harry A. Miller Club. A Ray Melton was for years the voice of racing as track announcer at both the Rockingham and Darlington motor tracks (North Carolina and South Carolina, respectively), famous for his call of "Gentlemen, start your engines!" in his inimitable Tidewater Virginia drawl, but we are NOT sure the Nevada addressee here is that same Ray Melton. This book also bears a NON-authorial 2002 Christmas gift inscription to front pastedown. 216 pp. including index. Reduced from $170. Bookseller Inventory # 004815

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Title: Kurtis-Kraft / Masterworks of Speed and ...

Publisher: MBI Pulishing / Motorbooks International, St. Paul, Minnesota

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Working out of his shop in Glendale, California, Frank Kurtis changed the face of American racing, producing a long string of innovative midget, sprint, champ and Indy cars from 1935 to 1963. This photohistory examines the entire range of these Kurtis-Kraft racers, with special emphasis on the 60-plus cars that campaigned the Indianapolis 500 in the 1950s and early 1960s. Kurtis-Kraft racers (powered largely by the period's legendary Offenhauser engines) won the 500 an incredible five out of six years from 1950 to 1955. In 1956, at the May classic, 21 of the 33 cars in the starting field were built by Kurtis.

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Gordon Eliot White has been a racing fan, reporter, crewmember, driver, owner and historian for sixty years, since his father took him to see a race in 1939. He was a legman for racing broadcaster Ted Webbe in the 1940s, contributed to Illustrated Speedway News, and worked as a crewmember for his neighbor, Bill Schindler. He spent a career as a journalist, during which he won numerous journalism awards. Since he retired from newspaper work in 1988, he has served as Auto Racing Advisor at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History. White serves on the advisory board of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and has served on committees of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. White published the definitive book Offenhauser, the Legendary American Racing Engine and the Men Who Built it in 1996. He has written numerous articles on racing, maritime and aeronautical subjects.

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