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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Publishing Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905334826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905334827
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 3.5 x 32.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith W. Warden on 6 Jan 2014
I received this from my son at Christmas having dropped strong hints that I really wanted this. I put off getting the first edition and was furious with myself when it went out of print, so this second edition is heaven sent. There is detailed coverage, photography and results of every race and a dip into a particular year ends up with an hour easily spent simply browsing. My real Indy passion was 1965 to 1995 - the golden period before it lost its allure and this is well covered. Great value - an essential reference and a really good read. Photography is excellent also although some potentially great photos are greyed out as background which is a shame but a minor quibble. Get this book if you are interested in motor sport history - it's a must.
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By John Whiteman on 21 Oct 2014
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Very comprehensive, just as expected from Autocourse
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Haines on 3 Feb 2014
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Purchased as a Christmas gift. My hisband has been waiting for this to come back into print. Very nice book
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Car Model Builders Resource 20 Nov 2013
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It was a gift to my husband who has worked in timing and Scoring at the 500 for 50 years and who builds 24 scale models of all the cars. Excellent pictures for detail when modeling!
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Expensive but good. 25 Nov 2013
By Keep Walking - Published on Amazon.com
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As one would imagine this publication from Autocourse keeps to the high standards set by the Grand Prix Year Book, but if you pay the full cover price I feel that it is a very expensive item.
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The Fact the Donald Davidson wrote this book is reason enough to purchase 23 Nov 2013
By Nat Krieger - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no better expert on the history of the Indianapolis 500 (don't say Indy 500) than Donald Davidson. The man has a photographic memory for facts and knows as much about the history of the race than anyone. This is the book fans have been waiting for...

Coffee Table sized and filled with facts, this is the definitive history of the race
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The best around! 11 Aug 2014
By Carmarthen - Published on Amazon.com
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Majestic in every single way. Simple as that.

This book has everything from Indy 500 including the 2013 edition. It is marvelously illustrated and wisely written.

At the end f the book, there are complete sheets containing the complete results of every edition.

For each year, there is a chapter explaining technical innovations for that year, rookies pilots with great expectations, surprise entries, funny facts. Also, there are boxes containing brief sketches of famous drivers biographies (like Rutherford, Johncock, Mears, Unser, Foyt, Vukovich, etc).

The book begins with a very detailed history of the origins and history of the track and the race.
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The Definitive Indy 500 Book 12 April 2014
By Joshua Cade - Published on Amazon.com
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From the Definitive Indy 500 Historian, Donald Davidson with Rick Shaffer. Excellent photographs and paired with accurate and entertaining story telling. You're instantly taken back to those early pioneering days where courageous men dreamed up the speedway right through the stories and events that lead to modern-day winners. The traditions, the origins and the spectacle that is the The Greatest Race Course In The World.
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