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The Crew Chief's Son: A Trackside Memoir of Early NASCAR [Kindle Edition]

Michael L. Clements

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In this memoir, Michael Clements recounts growing up in the early days of stock car racing. From 1957 through 1965, his father, Louie, travelled the NASCAR circuit, bringing his wife and five children along to every race. Owner and crew chief for champion driver Rex White, Louie introduced many mechanical innovations still used in NASCAR today, and his children grew up on the road between races, befriending many racing legends along the way. Clements' memoir is full of stories about NASCAR's early era and the men and women who built the sport. It includes a wealth of never-before-seen photographs from his personal collection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10611 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076IMT62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,428,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars First hand accounts of NASCAR history 18 July 2011
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This is a great book about NASCAR racing in the early 60's told by someone who was there to experience it first hand. The author's father was a well regarding NASCAR crew chief/car owner who won many races including the 1961 championship with driver Rex White. Not only that, his uncle was also a crew chief on one of the other top teams, so it was a real family affair. The author is understandably proud of his father's accomplishments and that shows.

In this book, Mike Clements tells the story of traveling around the country as a child in the family station wagon to all the well known and obscure NASCAR tracks with his family, and seeing all the great drivers of that era. Not only did he watch the races, he was able to get to know the drivers on a personal level as a youngster. Drivers such as Rex White, Buck Baker, Ned Jarrett, Wendel Scott, James Hylton, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts , Bobby Isaac, and others.

He tells the stories of an era in NASCAR, when the cars were purchased from a showroom and converted to racecars in small garages. He also uses this opportunity to tell the history of the sport's most interesting decade. There was not a lot of money in the sport back then, and racing a few times a week with just one car and a handful of crew members was a real challenge for both the drivers, crews and family members.

My only minor issue with the book was, that in order to tell a more complete chronological picture of the racing season, he included a few sentences about every single race on the schedule. I felt that the book would have been better had he concentrated on the ones that his father's cars were entered and that he attended in person. Nonetheless, the book is highly recommended to anyone who wants to know what NASCAR racing was really like in the late 50's and early 60's.
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