The Golden Age of the American Racing Car

The Golden Age of the American Racing Car

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New, Second Edition of the best-seller first published in 1966--winner of the Antique Automobile Club of America's Thomas McKean Award. Features hundreds of photos of the cars and drivers of the Golden Age (1910s - 1930s), plus a new 16-page color photo section showcasing authentic restoration of race cars from the Golden Age. The Golden Age of the American Racing Car covers the historical development of race car technology, the creative process, and the men and mentalities involved. Covering the period from the 1910s through the 1930s, the book presents fascinating information on the engineering sources, the race courses, the designers, builders, and drivers, and the events. Racing legends covered include: Frederic Duesenberg Louis Chevrolet Harry Miller Leo Goossen Fred Offenhauser. The Golden Age of the American Racing Car is written in a style that makes you feel like you were there, experiencing automotive history as it took place.
Organized into six sections, the book covers: The Passion of the Machine - Interesting stories of the beginning of America's love affair with fast cars and race tracks Masters of the Machine - Read about the pioneering forces of automotive racing -- Duesenberg, Chevrolet, Miller, Goossen, and Offenhauser The Beginnings - These were the cars and parts that started it all -- from Dussenberg's walking-beam engines to Chevrolet's Frontenac to Miller's carburetors, the historical significance of racing's earliest beginnings is detailed Fulfillment: The Roaring Twenties - Experience the glory years of auto racing when Tommy Milton pushed the land speed record to over 156 mph, when America won the French Grand-Prix, and when superchargers where becoming standard. Details on Duessenberg, Chevrolet, and Miller's technological accomplishments are also included Pinnacles of the Golden Age - Historical data on the invention of supercharging and front-wheel drive, plus the legend of 1920s racing driver Frank Lockhart Project Time Machine - The story of 'The Packard Cable Specials' and the journey of No. 18 to the National Museum of American History.
A comprehensive appendix section lists winners of major American races from 1915-1929, engine specs, records set, and more. About the author...Griffith Borgeson has written over 15 books and hundreds of magazine articles on automotive history. He has long been recognized as one of the world's preeminent automotive historians, and has won many prestigious awards in this field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 367 pages
  • 221 x 287 x 27.9mm | 1,451.51g
  • SAE International
  • Warrendale, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Ill.(some col.).
  • 0768000238
  • 9780768000238
  • 1,092,355

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