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Tony Hulman: The Man Who Saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway [Kindle Edition]

Sigur E. Whitaker

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Almost unknown when in 1945 he purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its famous race, Tony Hulman soon became a household name in auto racing circles. He is credited with not only saving the Speedway from becoming a residential housing development but also with re-invigorating auto racing in the United States. Until his purchase of the Speedway, Hulman had not been involved in auto racing; he was the CEO of Hulman & Company, a wholesale grocer. An astute businessman, Hulman made Clabber Girl Baking Powder a national brand and successfully led the reorientation of the family fortunes to include a range of businesses including a beer company, a Coca-Cola franchise, a broadcast empire, and real estate and gas companies.
This biography of Hulman focuses on his many ventures, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis 500 and his philanthropy.

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About the Author

A native of Indianapolis, Sigur E. Whitaker, is the great great niece of James Allison, one of the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She is a retired banker who lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5651 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (23 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JX0NST8
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is maddening because the author appears to know NOTHING about the 500! 11 May 2015
By J. Seitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Tony Hulman did save the Indianapolis 500, and I knew nothing before reading this of his business life, but this book is factually by far the worst book about the 500 that I have ever read. Example - Ms. Whataker mentions twice that Pete DePaolo won the 500 in 1924. Anyone who knows the most basic 500 history, that is, the winners, knows that Pete DePaolo won the 500 in 1925. Example - the photo on page 71 states, "Notice the wooden Pagoda built in 1926 . . ." This photo was taken from the pits at the start/finish line, looking across the main straightaway to the old wooden Paddock grandstand on the outside of the track. The Pagoda was behind the photographer! Double error example from pp. 98-99: On page 99, the last sentence of the narrative for 1956 reads, "The race was the last for the Pagoda, the Speedway landmark built in 1926 . . ." True. On page 98, the caption for the photo reads, "Hulman in front of the Pagoda and race crowd in 1956." Behind Mr. Hulman is the not the Pagoda but the Control Tower that debuted for the 1957 race, built after the old Pagoda was razed after the 1956 race. Now read the date in lights on the top of the tower - 5/30/59! The 500-related errors in this book are embarrassingly frequent and atrocious. I was so happy to see that someone had finally written a biography of Tony Hulman! However, Ms. Whitaker appears to know next to nothing about the 500 or THE TRACK. Mr. Hulman's legacy deserves far better.
1.0 out of 5 stars Easily the worst book ever written on Hulman or the ... 4 Dec. 2014
By Bookhog - Published on Amazon.com
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Easily the worst book ever written on Hulman or the Speedway. If you'd never read anything on the man or his businesses, you might not notice the mistakes, but for even the casual fan will notice too many inaccuracies to ignore. He even referred to the famed turbine car as "turbocharged". The entire book seems to have been gleaned from the pages of the Indianapolis newspapers, some pages were repeated elsewhere in the book, and the story is told in incongruent sections. Very, very poor effort.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentleman, Tony Hulman 10 Oct. 2014
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful American story. Tony Hulman the savior of the Indianapolis 500. The only non racer on the Borg Warner trophy. I've admired him since I was as small boy. This book answered many questions about his life. What a fabulous son, husband, father and hero.
2.0 out of 5 stars ... as much about Tony Hulman as I would have liked lot about his family 18 Sept. 2014
By Michael E. Weinbrecht - Published on Amazon.com
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Not as much about Tony Hulman as I would have liked lot about his family. A lot on the Indy 500 but several factual errors.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Indy 500 fans 26 Nov. 2014
By Terry L. Ridgley - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding book for anyone who is an Indianapolis 500 fan, as well as history of auto racing . . . .
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