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The Last Open Road : A Novel

Levy, Burt S.

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ISBN 10: 0964210703 / ISBN 13: 9780964210707
Published by Think Fast Ink, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"Many books have been written about automobile racing, but the vast majority have as much to do with reality as the Saturday morning cartoons. Come to think of it, the authors probably had the same audience in mind. Burt Levy's THE LAST OPEN ROAD is a welcome and wonderful exception to the norm. This is a novel that is at once fastpaced, funny, and moreover utterful faithful to its subject matter and time period." This book has 540 pages. The book is a SIGNED copy from thew author, Burt S. Levy. Bookseller Inventory # 039694

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Title: The Last Open Road : A Novel

Publisher: Think Fast Ink, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Second Printing

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by B.S. Levy

Sportscar racing in the Fifties was an era that historians and fans alike have rediscovered as being one of the most exciting and splendid periods. This book brings back all that was motorsports! Now in its fourth printing, The Last Open Road has brought rave reviews from everyone who has read it. The perfect gift for your favorite hero driver, rig jockey, corner worker, all-purpose aficionado or long-suffering spouse.

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Cartoonish coming-of-ager: a year in the life of a bunch of lovable New Jersey palookas on the upper-crusty open-road car- race circuit. It's 1952, and Buddy Palumbo, just 19, may not be the most gifted mechanic to hang around Old Man Finzio's Sinclair gas station, but he can't stay away. Turning down his father's offer of a union job in a chemical factory, Buddy is lured into the grease-pit by glimpses of Finzio's curvaceous daughter Julie and by the macho auto-repair skills of ex-Marine Butch Bohunk. When Bohunk, in a drunken rage over the shrewish Mean Marlene, drives his battered Ford into a highway support somewhere outside Passaic, Palumbo becomes Finzio's head mechanic and has to maintain the creamy white Jaguar XK120 roadster of tough-talking scrap dealer Big Ed Baumstein. A problem with the Jag's touchy carburetor sends Palumbo to a Manhattan dealership, where he learns the sleazy tricks of the import luxury car trade from pompous owner Colin St. John and shifty sidekick Barry Spline. From there it's a short hop to the world of open-road sport-car racing (on make-shift courses laid out on rural roads) in Bridgehampton. Big Ed is snubbed by upper-class blue bloods, while Palumbo is smitten with the skin-deep charms of Sally Enderle, girlfriend of wealthy cad Creighton Pendleton. Sports journalist Levy, a former semi-pro race-car driver, matches the street-smart savvy and honest labors of Palumbo and Big Ed against a predictable pack of rich snobs, with mostly predictable results, varying the formula only at the end, when an unforseen mishap at Watkins Glen ends open-road racing forever. Big Ed and Palumbo return to the sizzling asphalt of Passaic, where Palumbo wonders whether he'll ever race again. Funny high-octane fuel for fans of the comic nostalgia tales of humorist Jean Shepherd; crowded equally with typecast characters and vivid racing scenes. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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