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Stand on It Paperback – Dec 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 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)

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If you are a racing fan and have not read Stroker Ace, than your racing education is not complete. The authers of the book have take liberty with actual events and created a racing masterpiece. This is the book by which all other auto racing books are judge. The only draw backs to the book are that some of the events and stories are now becoming dated. If you are not and autoracing fan than some of the stories could be a little hard to follow. If you do not know what "loose" and "tight" mean in racing than you could have some trouble with the terms used in the book. This book is a must have for any racing nut.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b7d62a0) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
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HASH(0x8b7da9cc) out of 5 stars a great story for the man who has a driving desire to drive 17 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
fast and hard and live life on the edge. also may enlighten some wives of those men who stare at the tv all day sunday. we like stock car racing because it's a reckless, death defying,push it to the limit sport. deep down, most men secretly wish they could be Stroker Ace. free of all obligations except winning the race. In the end, Stroker Ace wish's he was just like us. hmm.. guess the grass is always greener in the infield. the moral of the book is this: "if you're ever gonna stand on it at all, stand on it now. the longer you wait, the slower you get".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d65251c) out of 5 stars One of the classic car racing books 4 Mar. 2012
By kris stadelman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wow! This damn book has become a collector's item.
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!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bbcbfcc) out of 5 stars Just how good IS it? 17 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
STAND ON IT is to auto racing, as Spinal Tap is to rock & roll. These are nearly true happenings, based loosely on the life of the late Curtis Turner, a 50's & 60's NASCAR legend. The driving techniques are so vivid that it feels as if you're riding along. But let's not forget the women, and the alcohol, and the absolute insanity. The best semi-documentary on auto racing you'll ever read.
HASH(0x8df3815c) out of 5 stars The bedroom exploits are there, but it is Stoker's experiences moonshining and losses of friends who died racing that stuck w/me 31 Jan. 2014
By Zabster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The brief summary of the book at the top of the Amazon page mentions Stoker Ace's bedroom exploits. I guess it is a good idea to let potential readers know there is sexual content, in case they find such things offensive. But it never would have occurred to me to mention that when describing the book. Yeah, he has girlfriends and he goes to whorehouses, and he is a typical young athlete who likes to brag a bit. But that isn't the meat of the story.

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.
HASH(0x8bbce018) out of 5 stars Red Necks Have More Fun 21 Aug. 2012
By Ricardo Mio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The life and bizarre times of racer Stroker Ace. "Stand On It" has little plot and is really only a series of funny stories and anecdotes about a redneck Indy racer and his two pales--his chief mechanic and a tire engineer--who head south to take on NASCAR and discover their brand of carousing and womanizing, fisticuffs and rental-car abuse meshes perfectly with the good ol' boys' brand of hard-charging and harder-playing. Read Bill Neely's 1983 biography of A. J.Foyt ("A. J.: My Life as America's Greatest Race Car Driver") and you'll run across many of these same stories and anecdotes, told here almost verbatim. "Stand On It" is wise in the ways of the racing world and very funny. Incidentally, don't confuse this wonderful book with that awful Burt Reynold's move "Stroker Ace."

"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).
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