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Proving Ground: A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth Racing Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (15 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760334587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760334584
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,199,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You may know about Chrysler expoits if you're a Mopar fan, but there's never been a book specifically telling the story . . . till now...Examiner dot com, Dec, 2009... keep meaning to review a couple of books that every car freak should read but this book has shoved them aside for now. Proving Ground turns out to be a genuine history book, written for an audience that includes literate gearheads of all description, not just zealous Chrysler true believers. I'm giving this one a four-rod rating, which means I liked it enough to keep it for my personal collection. Murilee says check it out...Jalopnik dot con, Dec 2009...Once again, author Jim Schild is plumbing the depths of Chrysler s heritage, summarizing the company s involvement in all forms of motorsport during the major era of Detroit involvement in those activities. Proving Ground covers not just drag racing and NASCAR (both which have been covered fairly extensively by others over the years), but land speed, open wheel, and road racing as well, from the birth of the company in the prewar era through the 21st century. Making ample use of photographs from the factory itself plus imagery supplied by individuals in the various disciplines, Schild also managed to create an excellent pictorial record of the those cars. Also the publisher of The Auto Review and author of several other volumes, Schild s expertise came through in this 192-page tome in the 9.25 x 10.87 inch format, and it will be a welcome edition to whatever your library may be. Our favorite section was on the Goldenrod four-Hemi landspeed car in the Land Speed section, complete with color pictures that look like they were shot yesterday...Mopar Enthusiast, Feb 2010...In this hardbound, heritage-rich book that's full of hundreds of color and black and white photos, you'll hear tales of the Hemi, the Superbird, Don Garlits, Richard Petty and many other legends. Noted author and Chrysler enthusiast Jim Schild tells the whole MOPAR story, from door-banging Trans Am racing, to land speed records on the salt flats of Bonneville, from the legendary C-300 to the road-shredding Dodge Viper. Full of fascinating history and excitement, this book from Motorbooks is a must-have for all fans of Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth. This 192-page book also makes an excellent holiday present to any auto enthusiast, auto historian or even your favorite automotive technician --Underhood Service, Jan, 2010

You may know about Chrysler expoits if you're a Mopar fan, but there's never been a book specifically telling the story . . . till now...Examiner dot com, Dec, 2009... keep meaning to review a couple of books that every car freak should read but this book has shoved them aside for now. Proving Ground turns out to be a genuine history book, written for an audience that includes literate gearheads of all description, not just zealous Chrysler true believers. I'm giving this one a four-rod rating, which means I liked it enough to keep it for my personal collection. Murilee says check it out...Jalopnik dot con, Dec 2009...Once again, author Jim Schild is plumbing the depths of Chrysler s heritage, summarizing the company s involvement in all forms of motorsport during the major era of Detroit involvement in those activities. Proving Ground covers not just drag racing and NASCAR (both which have been covered fairly extensively by others over the years), but land speed, open wheel, and road racing as well, from the birth of the company in the prewar era through the 21st century. Making ample use of photographs from the factory itself plus imagery supplied by individuals in the various disciplines, Schild also managed to create an excellent pictorial record of the those cars. Also the publisher of The Auto Review and author of several other volumes, Schild s expertise came through in this 192-page tome in the 9.25 x 10.87 inch format, and it will be a welcome edition to whatever your library may be. Our favorite section was on the Goldenrod four-Hemi landspeed car in the Land Speed section, complete with color pictures that look like they were shot yesterday...Mopar Enthusiast, Feb 2010...In this hardbound, heritage-rich book that's full of hundreds of color and black and white photos, you'll hear tales of the Hemi, the Superbird, Don Garlits, Richard Petty and many other legends. Noted author and Chrysler enthusiast Jim Schild tells the whole MOPAR story, from door-banging Trans Am racing, to land speed records on the salt flats of Bonneville, from the legendary C-300 to the road-shredding Dodge Viper. Full of fascinating history and excitement, this book from Motorbooks is a must-have for all fans of Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth. This 192-page book also makes an excellent holiday present to any auto enthusiast, auto historian or even your favorite automotive technician --Underhood Service, Jan, 2010

You probably know quite a bit about Ma mopar's history on the ovals and drag strips. But, do you know about the days when Mopar's ran up front - and won - on road courses, the dry lakes, and The Salt? You will when you read Proving Ground A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth Racing. his new hardback history by Jim Schild is now on the shelves, thanks to Motorbooks. For the first time ever, the full history of Chrysler's racing exploits - NASCAR, drag racing, TransAm, Bonneville, Le Mans, and more - are all brought together in one eye-catching package. Schild's book profiles some of the greateset legends in american racing history, including Richard Petty, 'Big daddy' Don Gartis, and many others. Filled with hundreds of historic photographs - many seen here for the first time - and laoded with fascinating facts this is the perfect gift for all Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, and MOPAR fans, especially the one who looks back at you in the mirror ( and who didin't get that Ray Nichels-built Superbird he'd wished for last Christmas) --Octane, April, 2010

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The history of Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth racing is a tale of legendary power, legendary names, and legendary dominance. It is the story of Hemi engines ruling the speedways and drag strips. Mopar has powered the success of some of the greatest names in racing, including the greatest stock car racer of all time, Richard Petty, and Don Garlits, the man who ruled the drag strips for decades. For the first time, Chrysler Corporation’s entire racing history has been chronicled in one book, covering the company’s first forays at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1920s, all the way up to its current involvement in NASCAR, sprint car racing, sports car racing, and many other areas.

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