NASCAR Best shots.
There are some great photos in the book but it is not about photography and how the shots where set up. The subtitle is "the greatest photography in history. The photos in the book are for the most part good and there are some great shots. There are some interesting photographic techniques used to make a fairly mundane shot look Great. There are a lot of photos here that only the NASCAR fans will understand and appreciate. Some of the photos will undoubtedly trigger memories. There are a couple of old photos of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Fireball Roberts and a few others but most of the photos are in the time period of 1990 to 2003. There is a shot of the Daytona 2001 race where Dale Earnhardt Sr. is in the middle of the pack that made me think about the tragic ending to that race.
What this books does do is capture the NASCAR experience and it does it very well from fans at the track dressed in the gear of their favorite driver to racing photos including the heat of competition, the thrill of winning, the agony of defeat and the overall experience of being at the track.
The forward by Richard Petty is great. He talks about what racing is to him and reflects on some of the photos in the book and what they meant to him. He talks about the history of NASCAR and the changes over the years in terms of popularity, the changes in the cars and going from dirt to asphalt tracks.
There is not lot of reading to be done here. Other then the forward by Petty and a couple pages that describe what the photographers have to go through to get the shots it is all photos with short anecdotes or a brief description of the shot.
A great pictorial essay of all things NASCAR. Fans who love NASCAR will love this book and is worth 5 stars.