|About the Book|
Road racing in the United States was born during the 1930s, with the founding of the Automobile Racing Club of America. It all began on crude home-built dirt circuits with cars that were little more than the ancestors of todays go carts. By the endMoreRoad racing in the United States was born during the 1930s, with the founding of the Automobile Racing Club of America. It all began on crude home-built dirt circuits with cars that were little more than the ancestors of todays go carts. By the end of the 1930s, ARCA races on public streets and roads evolved into a sport that attracted the finest examples of European road racing machines, including Maserati, Bugatti, Jaguar, and M.G., as well as one-off American specials. The book also tells the story of the Vanderbilt Cup races of 1936 and 1937, which were an ambitious attempt to bring professional road racing to America. Packed with more than 600 rare period photographs and illustrations, this exciting 400 page book by historian, author and racer Joel Finn is based largely on original documents from the archives of the Automobile Racing Club of America and lengthy interviews with its members and active participants in the sport.PUBCOMMENTS: A superb history. (Brock Yates, Car and Driver, 11/95). A landmark work...The most complete record of that period of road racing in this country...An absolute must for racing history enthusiasts. (David Woodhouse, Vintage Motorsport, 11/95). If you are at all serious about learning all of the history about M.G.s , then you need to have this book...It is a must...It is not often a book such as this comes along. Dont miss it. (Dick Knudson, M. G. Magazine, 12/95). Concise and easy to read...Packed with rare period photographs. (Jonathan Stein, Autoweek, 11/27/95). Priceless information. A real treasure to own. (Victory Lane, 11/95). A job well done. To anybody with a desire to learn about this fascinating period of racing, it is truly worth every dollar. (Jim Sitz, Road and Track, 2/96). Written in such an engaging way that you didnt want to stop reading...There are elements in the narrative that leave the reader smiling, and even laughing outright at the experiences of these wanna-be racers...The entire book is highly readable and entertaining. And it is beautifully presented. (Helen Hutchings, Old Cars, 2/22/96). Superb. (Mick Walsh, Classic and Sportscar, 6/96). A landmark book. (Walter Elliott, National Speed Sport News, 8/28/96). A delightful history...beautifully designed, written and illustrated. Its also great fun to read...Joel Finn has done a spectacular job of researching, writing and unearthing photographs...This book is a must-have for the road racing enthusiast. (Arthur Mitchell, Classic Automobile Register, 11-12/97).