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TV Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's Master Showman

TV Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's Master Showman [Kindle Edition]

Tom Cotter , Don Prudhomme
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"a 'must-have' for all drag racing devotees… utterly fascinating."

(Richard Coney Classic American)

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In the early 1960s, Tommy Ivo had the world in the palm of his hands. Still a young man, he was already a star of television and film with a promising Hollywood future ahead of him. Then his producers told him he had to quit drag racing. He quit the entertainment industry instead.
This is the official story of Ivo’s incredible life and racing career. Readers will follow “TV” Tommy as he becomes the most ambitious drag racer in the nation, building his own cars in the garage behind his Burbank home; becoming the first driver to pilot his dragsters to 170, 175, and 180 miles per hour and towing his cars to match races at small-town drag strips across the United States. Always the showman, Ivo pioneered promotional techniques that are today taken for granted. In this regard especially, his impact on the sport cannot be understated, and his legacy is detailed in this incredible bio of one of drag racing’s most irrepressible characters.

2011 International Automotive Media Gold Award Winner

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7642 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (4 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X5K5WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #894,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fabulous book, well written and with loads of great illustrations. If you like drag racing from the 'Golden Era' you will love the many tales and anecdotes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 7 Mar 2012
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This book assumes at least a passing knowledge of drag racing, but even for non-afficianados, this man is a living legend. Plenty of colour photos to show the various cars he built and raced over a long period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "TV" Tommy Ivo:Drag Racing's Master Showman 24 Feb 2011
By Jose Lopez - Published on
Before there was a John Force,or a Don Prudhomme(who started out with Tommy Ivo By the way and provides the foreword to the book and describes the many Pranks Ivo Was known for.)There was Drag Racing's Showman himself Actor Tommy Ivo Hence the Nickname "TV" Tommy.Author Tom Cotter(Corvette In The Barn,Hemi In The Barn,Cobra In The Barn,Vincent In The Barn) has once again wrote and put together a Great book,and coming straight from the horse's mouth so to speak The Man Himself TV Tommy. All The Cars from his First Brand New Buick At Age 16 even though he looked like he was 12!plus getting into drag racing accidentally, and then his 55' Buick Century(He had one Blue/white and One Red/White) to how he was never really was Rich just well-off and saved his money from being a child actor.To his Racing behind the Studio's backs and then ultimately pursuing what he loved more:DRAG RACING!.His whole life story is here,all his Cars,Including my Favorites the single then twin BUICK engined and later 4 Buick Engined! "Showboat" car,this is a must read book for Drag Racing Enthusiasts,GM Engined Fans and Especially Buick Fans(What Ivo Started with was "Buick power). The Color Photography and Period Black and white Photos along with Memorabilia/AMT car kits,etc are featured throughout,the Book is a Gearhead Must Read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars T.V. Tommy 22 Mar 2011
By Charles Seymour - Published on
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Having been a C and an A Gasser and a B Slingshot Dragster owner, builder and driver, I was very familiar with Ivo and always thought he was one of the most innovative guys in the game. In addition to that, he had enough money to put the most sanitary looking rails on the asphalt, and he was a nice guy to boot.

This book says it all.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book but am a big Ivo fan 2 Sep 2014
By Ron Holt - Published on
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I loved the book but am a big Ivo fan! Fairly short, does hit the high lights I thought and has great pictures. Biographies can get tedious but this moved well. I think Tommy keeps his private life private so the book glosses over some area's but that's just fine with me. He created these impressive cars years ago. I would have liked more information on the construction of the cars. I imagine some of the details are lost to time now.

A good book of a great driver, constructor and showman! I remember seeing him race here in the Northwest! I wasn't aware of his ability to race without damaging his equipment and how much that helped his career. Good book,
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent 8 July 2014
By Peter P. - Published on
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Got to have this book. Ivo's history and list of cars is Great.
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Tommy and the Buick Nailhead 19 May 2014
By Kevin L. Martin - Published on
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Until I read Cotter's work on Ivo I had thought of Ivo as all show and no go. Wow! Was I wrong. Ivo was a promoter's dream-he understood the product and how to package it, and was probably the first drag racer to fill his schedule with as many appearances as possible without caring about points. Appearances paid, points didn't. It was probably lucky coincidence that Ivo ran nailhead Buicks whose low end torque let him come off the line easier and conserve equipment. When Ivo hit the road it was often for nine months or longer so his equipment had to be reliable. Try that today.
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