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Auto Racing Comes of Age: A Transatlantic View of the Cars, Drivers and Speedways, 1900-1925 [Kindle Edition]

Robert Dick

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The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925 examines transatlantic influences, early dirt track racing, and the birth of the twin-cam engine and the straight-eight. It also explores the origins of the Bennett and Vanderbilt races, the early career of "America's Speed King" Barney Oldfield, the rise of the speedway specials from Marmon, Mercer, Stutz and Duesenberg, and developments from Peugeot, Delage, Ballot, Fiat, and Bugatti. This informative work provides welcome insight into a defining period in motorsports.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13969 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (31 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,100,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Fills a gap in auto racing history. Too bad the printing quality, paper and binding are not of higher quality. 5 Sept. 2013
By E. Dean Butler - Published on
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This book fills a gap in auto racing history -- as the title says, on a Transatlantic basis. In this regard, this book is a first.

The negative is that the printing quality should have been a lot better -- paper is low grade, photo reproduction quality is poor and the hard cover is el-cheap-o.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing History and A Wonderful Read 29 Mar. 2014
By Randy Leffingwell - Published on
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This is a huge research project that is an amazing history and a really wonderful read. Robert Dick has done a great job of assimilating and slogging through an intense pile of information and repackaging it as a must read for early racing enthusiasts and historians. It will not hold the interest of a casual enthusiast, though individual chapter may seize you - Otherwise the detail, the minutiae may be too much. That said, I really loved it. I read it once, put it down, picked it up and read it again. It is close beside my desk now as a standard reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thom's review 30 Sept. 2013
By Darlene M. Petri - Published on
This book was all I was anticipating it to be from a review I read in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine. The book very thoroughly covers the early 20th century history of auto racing in Europe and America, and the exchange of technology between race car builders on both continents. Events are well covered and relevent statistics of cars and events are given. The story of technical advances is the real subject of this book. Tha development of multi-cylinder engines, overhead camshafts, and the move from 4 cylinder engines to 6 cylinder engines to the then dominant straight 8 and how and why some ideas were succesful and others failed is what this book is really about. A very exciting history of an exciting time in racing history. The book is well footnoted and appended with information about the machines and the men who made their story so interesting so long after their passing.
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