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Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 (Autocourse) [Hardcover]

Donald Davidson
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crash Media Group Ltd; First Edition edition (Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905334206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905334209
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 23.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,672,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This really is an excellent review of the history and personalities involved in the Indy 500. It's fascinating stuff especialy in the early years when there were more places to park spectators horses than there were for their cars. I wish I could have been there in the 30's when the race winner picked up the tabs from the Paddock Diner! This is more than just a race by race account. It is well written and brings alive the state of the nation at the time as well as the larger than life individuals involved in the track and race. I don't think there has been a better illustrated Autocourse book! It's also has more pages - 368 of detailed text, fabulous period photographs and program covers and the full results of each and every race. The authors have got the balance just right so that you can pick this book and absorb yourself in each particular race. I can highly recommend this book and Autocourse should be proud of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Indy 500 History ! 22 Feb 2007
By Rand Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book about the history of the Indy 500 from the very 1st 500 mile race in 1911 up to the great finish between Sam Hornish and Marco Andretti from the 2006 race. Co authored by Donald Davidson, the foremost historian of the 500, the book gives a good rundown of how things have evolved since the opening of the track in 1909 and is quite accurate as would be expected. A must for both the casual fan as well as the die hard enthusiast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible pictures... 13 Jan 2008
By B P - Published on Amazon.com
This BIG book covers the Indy 500 race from the very first one thru to the 90th anniversary race. Incredible pictures, old and new, beautifully capture the dynamic, breathtaking event that is the Indy 500. I gave this as a gift to my father, an auto racing fan of the first order, and he was absolutely stunned and amazed from the first time he opened the book. The quality of the book is exceptional, wonderfully presented. Highly recommended for any Indy or open-wheel racing enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definative Indianapolis Speedway History Book 4 July 2007
By Jenifer L. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
My husband and I saw this wonderful book reviewed on SPEED VISION's Wind Tunnel several weeks ago. My husband has been a faithful fan of the Indy 500 for almost seventy years and couldn't wait to get this book into his hands. He has been pouring over it daily, commenting as he goes. He has known many of the racers and crew, mostly from the 1950's, and was sad to realize that so many of them have left us over the years. He has commented about how accurate and interesting the writing is and is amazed at the quality and number of photographs in this large, heavy and beautiful book. It rests in a place of honor on our coffee table but I hesitate to call it a Coffee Table Book. It is more than that, it is truly a piece of living history and we are so glad we found it on Amazon.com. Old fans and new fans will learn so much from this incredibly detailed account of The Biggest Sporting Event In The World, The Indy 500!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 19 May 2007
By RocketLotus - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent account of this historic race. Much more than a "coffee table" book. Nice yearly overview w/ photographs. However, was disappointed with the lack of overall driver statistics. Other than that, I would highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review - the best yet from Autocourse! 9 May 2007
By Andrew H - Published on Amazon.com
This really is an excellent review of the history and personalities involved in the Indy 500. It's fascinating stuff especially in the early years when there were more places to park spectators horses than there were for their cars. I wish I could have been there in the 30's when the race winner picked up the tabs from the Paddock Diner! This is more than just a race by race account. It is well written and brings alive the state of the nation at the time as well as the larger than life individuals involved in the track and race. I don't think there has been a better illustrated Autocourse book! It's also has more pages - 368 of detailed text, fabulous period photographs and program covers and the full results of each and every race. The authors have got the balance just right so that you can pick this book and absorb yourself in each particular race. I can highly recommend this book and Autocourse should be proud of it.
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