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Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement [Hardcover]

David Letterman , Ralph Kramer , Helio Castroneves
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31 Dec 2010
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Since the dawn of automotive racing, the world's best drivers have tested their skills, bravery and the limits of speed in the legendary Indianapolis 500. The winner claims the historic Borg-Warner Trophy, and racing immortality.

Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement tells the compelling and entertaining story of the race that has become known as simply "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Overflowing with photographs hand-picked from the Speedway's mammoth photo archives, and filled with historic, behind-the-scene stories, you'll revel in the history that has shaped this amazing event.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (31 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440212805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440212802
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph Kramer is the author of the critically acclaimed Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing. He grew up on a farm 50 miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and saw his first Indianapolis 500 race in 1950. Later, Kramer covered the race and the sideshow functions for The Indianapolis News for more than 10 years. As a public relations executive for General Motors, he negotiated Chevrolet's Indy 500 pace car presence and for years managed Chevy's public relations function at the track. After leaving GM, Kramer served as the director of the Speedway's Hall of Fame museum from 1995 to 1998. Kramer and his wife, Carol, live in Shelbyville, Indiana.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story 2 Sep 2013
By ray4c
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This book details a great motor racing story, a definite 'must' read for anyone interested in the Indy 500 history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indy Fans 10 Nov 2010
By Wendy Wendt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are an Indy fan this is the book for you. Beautiful photos, beautiful design. Comes with a poster. Even has a foreword from David Letterman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 11 Nov 2010
By Brent Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Selected as one of the 20 top new sports books -
Author Ralph Kramer, who grew up within a stone's throw of the speedway and saw his first race in 1950, reviews the excitement that is Indy. The book features many previously unpublished photos from the race archives.

If the sound of revving engines gets you excited, this may be the book for you.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Racing Fans Rejoice 22 Nov 2010
By Darockb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Celebrate the centennial year of the Indy 500 with this keeper of a book. Indy is a monument to American sports, and this book does the sport of car racing and the biggest race of them all justice. Kramer's narrative is comprehensive and insightful, and the photos and presentation are stunning. Of particular note is the foreword by David Letterman -- Dave can be a man of few words in matters of the heart, and he's clear and direct here too. But he's very effective in explaining what this iconic race has meant to him, and its significance to us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inside Look at the Indy 500! 9 Nov 2010
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kudos to author Ralph Kramer. This is a fantastic book filled with fascinating information and behind-the-scenes stories of the drivers, the cars, and how the race evolved. You can almost smell the fuel and smoking tires and feel the thunder and the vibration in the stands as the cars roar past. David Letterman adds his unique brand of humor to the Foreword, and Helio Castroneves, in the Preface, gives a heartfelt tribute to the race that made him famous as a three-time winner.

The art is awesome too. Page 28 shows a fantastic cutaway illustration of a 1920s car by world-class artist David Kimble. Kimble's got another cutaway on pages 208-209 that details the high-tech features of a modern Indy engine. Page 195 shows a close up of a modern steering wheel, with buttons and dials rivaling a 747 cockpit and an explanation of the function of each. Did you know a racer can shift the car's weight during a race simply by flicking a switch? The books even has frame-by-frame shots of Mike Conway's spectacular 220 mph crash in the 2010 race, and an account of how the safety features saved his life.

There's a section at the end of the book called "Where Are They Now?", which displays photos of all the winning cars and explains their current status - who owns them and where they are now. At the time they were raced, most of cars weren't considered future museum specimens, but just commodities to be bought and sold. Some of them ended up in interesting places, like in a hotel lobby, where one came back from oblivion to win another race. As far as I know, this information is unique to this book. No one has ever compiled as complete a record of the winning cars before.

If you're an Indy fan (or even if you're just a casual observer), this is a must-have book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is a poorly organized mess. 19 Jun 2011
By J J N - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Kindle editon for $2.99, you get the quality of organization that you paid for. While the text follows a chronological order, the pictures are all over the place. Some pictures have the wrong captions or none at all, a few have the wrong picture for the text. The organization of the Kindle edition remains me of a five year old child that took apart a photo album and then tried to put it back together before the parents came home. The result is many, if not most, of the pictures have little connection with the text before or after them. Also, if you are looking for basic facts about the races, drivers, speeds, etc. over the last 100 years, you can find more on the Indy 500 web site.
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