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NASCAR Off The Record [Kindle Edition]

Brock Yates
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Like any giant enterprise, the NASCAR we see today is very different from the regional race series launched by a visionary Bill France in the late 1940s. Few writers are as intimately aware of that history as Car and Driver's Brock Yates. In the 1950s he recalls the intimate nature of the sport's early years, when he would see the entire Petty family working together, Richard wrenching on the car while his father cooked for the family on a bar-b-que grill. In 1979, Yates was reporting from the pits for ABC at the Daytona 500 when the infamous fight erupted between Cale Yarborough and the Allison boys. His perspective spans nearly 50 years, and his wry observations are always sure to incite both cheers and jeers. NASCAR Off the Record is a pithy, opiniated, hilarious, and compelling collection of some of the greatest NASCAR stories of all time, as told by a man who was present at the scene.About the AuthorWhile best known for his columns in Car and Driver and his television reporting, Brock Yates has written numerous books, including Cannonball: The World's Greatest Outlaw Road Race (ISBN 0-7603-1090-4), and The Hot Rod (ISBN 0-7603-1598-1). He also wrote the film scripts for Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit II. His NASCAR stories date almost to the very beginning of the series. Brock lives with his wife Pamela in the towns of Wyoming, New York, and Alexandria Bay, New York. He is the proud father of four children and two grandchildren. Vintage automobile racing consumes his spare time.- From the best-selling author of Cannonball!, Brock Yates takes an irreverent look at the grand spectacle of NASCAR- NASCAR is the largest and fastest growing American automotive racing series

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Like any giant enterprise, the NASCAR we see today is very different from the regional race series launched by a visionary Bill France in the late 1940s. Few writers are as intimately aware of that history as Car and Driver's Brock Yates. From the 1950s, he recalls the intimate nature of the sport's early years, when he would see the entire Petty family working together, Richard wrenching on the car while his father cooked for the family on a barbecue grill. In 1979, Yates was reporting from the pits for ABC at the Daytona 500 when the infamous fight erupted between Cale Yarborough and the Allison boys. His perspective spans nearly 50 years, and his wry observations are always sure to incite both cheers and jeers. NASCAR Off the Record is a pithy, opinionated, hilarious, and compelling collection of some of the greatest NASCAR stories of all time, as told by a man who was present at the scene.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (12 Nov. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3QL0A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,381,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Writing by Brock Yates 28 Aug. 2013
By A . J . Reynolds TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Brock Yates articles in Car and Driver magazine have been a source of pleasure to me for more than forty years. This book , dealing with NASCAR , is a collection of articles Brock has written over the years , expanded and re-worked . Some I had previously read , some I hadn't : all highly enjoyable . Written with Brock's witty and entertaining style . A satisfying read .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Proof-reader Required 30 Dec. 2004
By D. Bain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read Brock Yates' articles and books since he started writing for Car and Driver magazine back in the mid-1960's, but this book is an embarrassment. The proof-reader for this book never reported for work.

p11: says Herb Thomas was a whiskey runner. In the very next sentence says "Others, like Herb Thomas, came from working class backgrounds." (Two different drivers with the name Herb Thomas?)

p16: explains that NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Auto Racing. What happened to the C for Car?

p19: says that 1.366 miles is longer than 1.375 miles

p19: refers to "NACSAR"

All of these gaffes are found in chapter one, so you get the idea. It's too bad, because this could have been a good book with more attention to accuracy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work from one of the print industry's better writers. 17 Mar. 2014
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even though this book is mostly old news, it was interesting, and in Brock Yates's usual style, it was fun to read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 15 Aug. 2012
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are familiar with nascar history, you will find a few interesting nuggets, shows some but not all nascars warts. Very well done.
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