- Publisher: Aztex Corp; Reissue edition (Dec. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0894040812
- ISBN-13: 978-0894040818
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,987,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stand on It Paperback – Dec 1990
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Most of us involved in racing in the 70's and 80's (I raced a sports car with SCCA) know this book quite well. What Dick Francis is to thoroughbred racing, Bill Neely is to car racing. This is a fun read and is based on true stories from the early days of US professional racing. If you have been there you recognize the authenticity of the stories woven around Stroker Ace. Putting a rent-a-racer into a swimming pool, landing a twin engine plane on main street to get some more booze at a liquor store, racing to the airport in reverse, etc. all are true stories from NASCAR, Indy cars, and a touch of Formula 1. This was primarily written by Bill Neely with input from other writers who were covering racing for various mags and papers in the late 60's and early 70's. This was before personal mobile palaces for drivers when everyone stayed in the same motels near the tracks, shared garages, cheated like hell, and partied like maniacs. If you can put this book down after reading the first 2 pages then it isn't for you.
Now where the hell am I going to find another copy? I've given a dozen of these away over the years!!
The first chapter, where he describes his early experiences running moonshine and outrunning the law in souped up cars was fun and exciting. A glimpse into a world I had never imagined or heard about before.
Stoker's voice--brash and fun and lively--stands out. I understand it wasn't actually written by him. But whoever wrote it captured a really entertaining personality.
There are a few deaths racing and setting speed records in the course of the book. Not a lot of deaths, but a few. The author is very brief, "just the facts ma'am" in his telling of the events. Somehow this understated brevity makes his stories of losing friends that much more powerful. It is three or four years since I read the book, and just the memory of one of those stories sends shivers down my spine.
I should probably say. I'm not a motor sports fan, I'm not an auto racer. I've never had any interest in the sport. I picked it up off my boyfriend's bookshelf and couldn't put it down. I've never forgotten it, and I recommend it highly.
"Stand On It" is among the finest racing novels ever written, up there with "The Racer" by Hans Ruesch, "The Boondocks" by Desmond Lowden, and "Fever Heat" by Angus Vicker (a.k.a. Henry Gregor Felsen).