History of Auto Racing in New England
- A Project of the North
Motor Sports Museum
There has never
been a book like this one, a carefully researched and written
biography of automobile racing in New England.
History of Auto Racing in New England celebrates the colorful
past of racing cars in the six states on road courses, up mountains,
along the ocean’s beaches, around dirt and paved ovals, and down
strips of concrete and asphalt.
More than the cars, we
have focused on the people who drove them and those who created the
stages on which the drivers exhibited their courage and their skill.
The early races that make up much of the book were profoundly
dangerous; participation required abnormal courage. As we celebrate
the winners, we mourn with the families and friends of those who
paid racing’s ultimate price.
A few have become wealthy
beyond their wildest dreams through New England racing. The majority
have participated for the love of going fast, the joy of turning
wrenches while looking for more speed or better handling or to hear
the cheers of the crowd following a winning Saturday night or Sunday
Go inside this book’s covers to discover how
racing in New England has made so many lives more thrilling and
fulfilling – and in ways that could never happen again.
Proceeds benefit NEMSM.
Hard cover, 400+ B&W
photos, 304 pages.
Follmer: American Wheel Man
Forewords by Roger Penske & Parnelli Jones
This beautifully produced book covers
the entire career of George Follmer, starting from Gymkhana
competition with a Volkswagen Beetle in parking lots to Formula One.
George won the 1972 Can-Am championship driving a Porsche
917-10 for Roger Penske. He also won the 1972 Trans-Am championship
becoming the only driver to ever win both championships in the same
year. He would win the Trans-Am championship again in 1976 driving a
Porsche 934. This and other drives in legendary Porsche's make him
one of the most successful Porsche drivers ever.
covers Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, Formula
One, Le Mans, World Championship for Makes, IROC Series and numerous
Hard cover coffee table, 336 pages, many B&W photos
As a matter of fact, I am
by Parnelli Jones with Bones Bourcier
For race fans who know the sport’s history, “Parnelli Jones” is
synonymous with speed. Jones’ journey from California jalopy wars to
victory lane at the Indianapolis 500 is the stuff of American
motorsports legend. Now, at last, Parnelli tells the story of his
incredible racing life. Each chapter is introduced by Bourcier to
set the scene and ends with a personal reminiscence by a racer,
owner, or friend who was there, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti,
Bobby and Al Unser, Bud Moore, Johnny Rutherford, Tony Stewart, and
Hard cover, 288 pp, B&W and color photos.
Swamp Yankee: The Racing Life
by Walt Scadden
Yankee” is the story of legendary crew chief and engine-builder Jim
Jorgensen’s epic journey from Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam,
Mass., to the National Championship Indy Car Series. From the late
1950s to 1969, Jorgensen and his crew crisscrossed the country,
racing his innovative stock car, sprint, and Indy Car designs with
standout drivers like Gene Bergin, Buddy Krebs, Bill Brown and Denny
Progressing from countless bullrings and county fair tracks to some
of the most revered venues in the country such as Langhorne, Phoenix
and Milwaukee, and on to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jorgensen
made his name and left his mark. His journey had its share of
detours and heartbreaking disappointments, but it provided him the
formidable education needed to compete at the highest level of
racing in the country and earned him induction into the New England
Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Jorgensen’s was a time of open trailers and pick-up trucks, where a
handshake was the measure of a man. His story is a compelling
account of the ingenuity, passion, triumph and hardship that defined
the legendary competitors of racing’s greatest era.
Soft cover, 152 pages, B&W photos.
Safely, Living Dangerously
By Bill Simpson
The autobiography of Bill Simpson as told to
Bones Bourcier. (Bill and Bones followed this volume up in 2012 with
Through the Fire, S-1224)
Safety equipment pioneer
Bill Simpson has saved the lives of more race drivers than any other
man in history.
Yet, this is more than the story of a creative
genius who achieved extraordinary success; it is also the story of
one of the zaniest characters in a sport full of just over-the-edge
Soft cover, 240 pages.
Through the Fire
by Bill Simpson with Bones Bourcier
a decade ago, motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson published
Racing Safely, Living Dangerously, intended to be both a memoir
of sorts and a guided tour into the topsy-turvy world of big-time
automobile racing. The book, which drew widespread acclaim,
chronicled Simpson’s race-driving career – from the streets and drag
strips of Southern California all the way to the Indianapolis 500 –
and took readers along for a raucous ride as both the author and his
beloved sport matured. Well, sort of.
was meant to cap a wonderful career, but it turned out the Bill
Simpson story was still unfolding. Through the Fire, the
recently-released sequel, tracks Simpson’s tumultuous journey since
2001, from the death of his friend Dale Earnhardt and the emotional
storm that resulted, to his battles with sanctioning bodies and
various governing groups, to his thoughts on racing’s old-school
heroes and the new-school kids still on their way up the ladder.
those who know Simpson might expect, from time to time a good
old-fashioned race party breaks out on the book’s pages, and the
readers are invited to pour a drink and pull up a chair.
Through the Fire, Bill Simpson pulls no punches. In fact, he
throws a few. It’s a must-read book for anyone interested in American
Soft Cover, 250 pages, some color and B&W
Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography
by Rinsey Mills
wanted to add some spice to its newly introduced Mustang pony car,
it turned to former racer Carroll Shelby. The resulting cars proved
to be the definitive performance Mustangs of the muscle-car era. The
choice made sense. Shelby had proven himself a force to be reckoned
with on the racetrack, in the tuning shop, and in the auto industry.
By the time Ford hired Shelby to create a racer from its Mustang,
the man was already an automotive legend.
his career, Shelby’s accomplishments as a racecar driver included
breaking land speed records at Bonneville and winning Le Mans in
1959 with teammate Roy Salvadori. As a team manager, Carroll was
part of the FIA World Grand Touring Championship as well as the Ford
GT victories at Le Mans.
health forced him to give up racing in 1960, Carroll turned his
attention to design. He had a vision of a racecar made from a
lightweight European chassis with American V-8 power.
result is what is considered to be perhaps the greatest sports car
and one of the fastest road cars ever constructed: the Shelby Cobra.
legacy continues to impact the world of racing and automobile
design. Even today, Ford’s premier Mustang carries the Shelby name
and iconic snake logo.
is the complete, authorized biography of Carroll Shelby including
images from Shelby's personal collection. It's the story every
enthusiast has always wanted to read.
cover, 464 pages, B&W photos.
Sale Price: $12.95
The Best of
by Gerald Hodges
Hodges, “The Racing Reporter,” has compiled a delightful selection
of stories, culled from the thousands of articles and stories he has
written since 1993 about racing and its people – and some non-racing
folks who just interested him, like Hank Williams and Franklin D.
Soft cover, 240 pages, B&W photos.
by Pete Lyons
Lyons grew up on the track, and has covered auto racing since the
early 1960s. His pieces couple his enthusiasm for motorsports with
clear insight into the factors that make cars and men champions.
Whether he's screwing up his chance to learn how to drive fast
from Dan Gurney, or taking a lap while precariously wedged into a
Can-Am car with Peter Revson at the wheel and at full noise, Lyons
picks up on the details that help us understand and appreciate what
makes racing great.
Fast Lines is a collection of
55 of Pete's columns, “Fast Lines,” from Vintage Racecar
Magazine. The book includes looks at cars and racers from
Formula 1, Can-Am, Indycar, and endurance racing, most of them
racers who competed in the 1960s and 1970s. He also includes glances
into the contemporary Mario Andretti, mellowed hardly at age 60, and
events like Sebring, Goodwood, and the Monterey Historics.
Soft cover, 270 pages, some B&W photos.
Regular Price: $24.95
On Special: $17.95
My First Car:
Recollections of First Cars
from Jay Leno, Tony Stewart, Carroll Shelby, Dan Ackroyd, Tom Wolfe
and Many More!
by Matthew L. Stone
Everyone has a story about that first car. Whether it was new, a
hand-me-down, or a junker, it was freedom on four wheels,
independence, responsibility, and something that would always hold a
special place in your heart. Well, you're not alone. My First Car
captures those wonderful moments of automotive initiation as they
were lived by such luminaries as Jay Leno, Mario Andretti, Patrick
Dempsey, Danica Patrick, Sir Stirling Moss, Gregg Allman, and more.
Accompanying many of these stories are photographs of the neophyte
drivers with their first cars. For anyone who ever slid behind the
wheel and tooled down the road for the first time, this wonderful
book awakens memories of what it was like.
Hard cover, 224 pages, color and B&W
Time - A Lifetime at Speed
by Don Miller with
Net proceeds from the sale of this book have been pledged to support
the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the Carolinas.
It takes brains, character and extreme courage to succeed at the
pinnacle of racing. Don Miller has all three qualities in spades.
Roger Penske entrusted him with starting two NASCAR teams,
developing their talent, getting the sponsors and turning their
drivers into superstars. Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman both have Don
Miller to thank for much of their early success at the highest
levels of NASCAR. Along the way, Miller was responsible for key
innovations in racing tires, insulating materials to protect
drivers, and aero packages. He can even take credit for inventing
the souvenir trailer of today.
A professional drag racer in his teens and twenties, Miller has
always been the hardest of hardcore racers, on every kind of track.
That passion has never diminished, even though racing brought him to
the very brink of death.
Don Miller has never before told his full story. Miller's Time, the
memoirs of this hot rodder, racing titan, gifted businessman and car
collector who just plain loves people, is one of the most
compelling, rewarding and harrowing racing books that you will ever
be lucky enough to read.
Hard cover with dust jacket,
200 black & white photos, 304 pages.
American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA)
Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood
by Hal Needham
wrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up,
was dragged by horses, and along the way broke 56 bones, my back
twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth…”.
says Hal Needham, on the flap of his new book. In addition to his
fame as a Hollywood stuntman and director, directing classic like
Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, Hal Needham set trends
in NASCAR (the first team owner to use telemetry technology) and car
collector. His Skoal-Bandit race team was one of the most popular
NASCAR teams ever. He was the financier and owner of the Budweiser
Rocket Car (now in display in the Smithsonian's National Air and
Space Museum), the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier,
traveling at 739.666 mph. A must for movie and racing fans alike!
Hard cover, 320 pages.
McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes
of a Hollywood Icon
by Matt Stone
He made movies
best remembered for their wild car chases, mad motorcycle dashes,
and hair-raising races, but no one forgets the man at the
wheel--Steve McQueen, the King of Cool. No other Hollywood star has
been so closely linked with cars and bikes. It is this connection
that McQueen’s Machines explores, giving readers a close-up look at
the cars and motorcycles McQueen drove in movies, those he owned,
and others he raced.
From the 1968 Ford
Mustang GT Fastback he drove in Bullitt (in the greatest car chase
of all time) to his Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in "The Thomas Crown
Affair", from the Triumph motorcycle of "The Great Escape" to the
Gulf-Porsche 917K he actually raced in "Le Mans", the cars and bikes
that McQueen made famous in films make another appearance here.
The book also
features the cars, motorcycles, and even airplanes that McQueen
owned over the years, including two motorcycles that fetched record
prices at a recent auction: a 1937 Crocker "Hemi-head" V-Twin and a
1920 Indian Powerplus Daytona. Among notable cars profiled in the
book are a 1959 Porsche Speedster bought new by McQueen, a 1957
Jaguar XKSS, a 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso, a 1953 Siata 208S, a 1965
Ferrari 275 NART Spyder, and a 1969 "Le Mans" Porsche 911S.
With a foreword by
Steve's son, Chad McQueen, and a wealth of details about the stars
amateur racing career, his movie stunt work, and his car and
motorcycle collecting, McQueen’s Machines draws a fascinating
picture of one outsized man’s driving passion.
Newly released in soft cover on glossy paper, many color and B&W
photos, 184 pages.
His Life in Photographs
In the stunning follow-up to his award-winning biography
Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed, author Michael
Argetsinger recreates Donohue’s remarkable life through hundreds of
brilliant photographs. Many of these pictures were provided by the
people who were closest to Donohue: his family, friends, and Penske
Racing teammates. The book also offers some of the best work by the
top motorsports photographers of the era, who deliver brilliant
images of Donohue with a dazzling array of race cars, and intimate
shots with his team and fellow drivers.
These photos not only offer a uniquely personal view of a
champion, but also reveal details of the cars that he drove and the
preparation that went into racing each of them. These include
everything from his earliest home-built efforts to the highly
refined Camaros, Javelins, and Porsches that made him a champion and
American icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Each image is accompanied by
Argetsinger’s detailed, insightful captions. And Mark’s
contemporaries—including his Penske teammates and fellow drivers Dan
Gurney, George Follmer, David Hobbs, John Surtees, and Bobby
Unser—also offer their recollections and commentary.
Even readers who are already familiar with the life and
legacy of Mark Donohue will be dazzled by this stunning collection
of images and memories. Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs
vividly presents the life and times of an American racing hero.
Hard cover, 160 pages, 126 B&W and
118 color photographs.
Phil Hill: A Driving Life
by Phil Hill
with photography by John Lamm
Though he’s best remembered as the first American Formula
One champion and a three-time Le Mans winner, Phil Hill (1927-2008)
also enjoyed a long career as an automotive writer. Hill was a
regular contributor to Road & Track magazine, writing vivid,
first-person accounts of his experiences driving everything from the
earliest horseless carriages to the most modern road and race cars.
Phil Hill: A Driving Life gathers the best of these stories, each of
them accompanied by dazzling photographs from Hill’s friend and
colleague John Lamm.
The book starts with the
very first car, a three-wheeler built by Karl Benz in 1886. From
there it’s on to a classic Packard touring car from 1915, the
first-ever MG, the revolutionary rear-engined Auto-Union D-Type, and
many others. Several chapters find Hill reunited with cars that
played a significant role in his racing career. From the 1950s
there’s the Jaguar XK120 that gave him an early win at Pebble Beach
in 1950 and the Maserati 250F that he drove in his first Grand Prix
at Reims in 1958. A decade later there are the Ford GT40s he helped
develop, 1963’s ill-fated ATS 100 Grand Prix car, and the unique,
high-winged Chaparral 2F that yielded his last professional victory
at Brands Hatch in 1967. And there are also Phil’s recollections of
other great drivers he drove with and against, including Juan Manuel
Fangio, Stirling Moss, Olivier Gendebien, and Dan Gurney.
Whether he’s writing about a rare vintage race car, a
hard-fought victory, or an old friend, Phil’s essential qualities of
intelligence, curiosity, and integrity always come through. Phil
Hill: A Driving Life provides a unique perspective on automotive
history from a true champion.
A gorgeous, hard-cover
coffee-table book, 192 pages with 173 black & white and full-color
To Indy and Beyond -
The Life of Racing
Legend Jack Zink
by Dr. Bob L.
Jack Zink is a legend in the world of car racing. As a driver for
more than twenty years, he won stock car races on dirt tracks,
accumulated trophies in off-road dune buggies, and even set a flying
mile speed record in a 1957 Pontiac he designed and built for the
early NASCAR circuit. As a team leader, mechanic, and engineer, he
pushed the limits of technology with his innovative designs for cars
that were lighter, lower, and more powerful. Even his failures, such
as the attempted use of a turbine engine in a car, opened new doors
that others rushed through in the pursuit of speed and durability.
Perhaps he is best remembered for his victories at the greatest
track in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the
greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500. From 1950 to 1967,
Jack walked shoulder to shoulder with the greatest team owners,
mechanics, and drivers in racing history. Twice, his team won the
coveted Borg Warner Trophy, in back-to-back Indy victories (1955 and
But Jack was much more than a pioneer in car racing. He raced
sailboats. He raced motorcycles. He also was a skilled engineer and
businessman, ultimately building not one but two companies into
international giants that still dominate the combustion industry
with burners, flares, and incinerators that greatly reduce
pollution. Even with all these accomplishments, Jack was most proud
of his service to his community, especially the Zink Ranch, a
33,000-acre nature preserve in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma that will
perpetually provide open space in an increasingly crowded and urban
This biography weaves all of these stories into a portrait of Jack
Zink. Along the way are the friends and family members who were part
of the adventure, as well as the challenges and opportunities that
drove him forward. Here is the story of one amazing man who lived by
a simple code: "The man who wins is the man who tries."
Hard cover, 206 pages.
SHELBY: The Man.
by Wallace A.
A thorough study of the great road racer
and developer of the Cobra, Shelby Dodges, and the Viper.
Carroll Hall Shelby also happened to be a chicken farmer, chili
cook, dog breeder, safari guide, flying instructor, oil well
roustabout, and friend to politicians and kings.
Soft cover, 204 pages, B&W photos.
FAST COMPANY - Six Decades of Racers,
Rascals, and Rods
By “Speedy” Bill Smith
with Dave Argabright
Bill Smith rose from humble beginnings to reach the Hall of Fame as
a racer and rodder, building a powerhouse company—Speedway Motors—in
Jan Opperman and Doug Wolfgang…’40 Fords and Smitty mufflers…Lloyd
Beckman and Tiny Lund…McCullough Superchargers and fast, fast
rides…Speedy teams up with acclaimed author Dave Argabright to bring
to life the compelling characters and events that shaped racing and
all corners of automotive performance.
Hard cover, 352 pp, 32 pp of B&W photos.
Foreword by Ken Schrader, introduction by Dick Berggren.
THE LAST LAP: JIMMY MOSTELLER
– 60 Years of Precious Memories
by Gerald Hodges
The biography of "The Voice of Dixie," who for 60-plus years has
announced at short tracks across Georgia.
From his earliest years as a cigar peddler, he rose to Senior Vice
President of Hav-A-Tampa and was ultimately responsible for the
company’s sponsorship of the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series.
A member of the National Dirt Racing Hall of Fame and a Living
Legends of Auto Racing Award winner, Mosteller is a true American
256 pp, 140 B&W photos.
Eli Gold: From Peanuts to the Pressbox, Insider Sports Stories from
a Life Behind the Mic
An intimate walk down memory lane, reliving some of the greatest
moments in Alabama sports (basketball and football) and NASCAR.
Gold also shares stories from his early days with Yankees
broadcaster Mel Allen and Red Barber and other broadcasting greats,
such as Bob Costas, Tom Hammond, Verne Lundquist, Kevin Harlan, Ron
Franklin, and Mike Tirico.
Hard cover, 272
pages, B&W photos.
The Man Who Would Not Die:
The Remarkable Story of
“Lucky” Herschel McKee
by Stephen Olvey
Herschel McKee’s remarkable life story reads like that of a
comic-book hero. A daredevil, a leader of men and, above all, a
survivor, McKee fought in both World Wars, suffering numerous
skirmishes with death. His colorful life included spells as a
Foreign Legion soldier, fighter-pilot ace with the elite Lafayette
Flying Corps, prisoner-of-war escapee, race car driver, WWII
bomber-wing commander and test pilot.
resilience led to him being nicknamed ‘The Man Who Would Not Die’
while he was still alive. Written in a lively, engaging style, here
is the true story of an extraordinary man.
Hard cover, 272 pages.
Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend
by Erik Arneson
adventures in the Carrera Panamericana, through making a run of
406.60 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in his famed Challenger,
through multiple trend-setting entries in the Indianapolis 500 and
into the creation of some of the most popular off-road racing
series, Mickey’s life was full of “firsts.”
he and his wife Trudy were assassinated in their driveway in 1988.
This is the full
story of Mickey’s life at speed and the slow path to justice.
Soft cover only, 304
The Unfair Advantage
by Mark Donohue
In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from driving at the height of
his racing career to write "The Unfair Advantage," a candid and
revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing –
from amateur SCCA races in his own 57 Corvette to winning the Indy
500 in Roger Penske’s McLaren M16.
Considered a classic, the book was reissued in 2000; this edition
contains over 60 additional photographs and comments from people who
worked and raced with Donohue during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Soft cover, 350 pages, 100+ black and white & color photos.
WALTER L. MARR - Buick's
By Beverly Rae Kimes and
James H. Cox
This beautifully produced, scholarly book details the colorful
career of Buick’s chief engineer in the early days.
Marr was the energetic early proponent of the overhead valve engine,
and his passion led Buick to become renowned for its prowess and
innovation on both the road and the race track.
Kimes and Cox, who are married, are both distinguished automotive
Hard cover, 214 pp, photos and illustrations throughout, some color.
EAGLE RACING CARS
By John Zimmerman
The definitive account of the planning, development, and race
history of each of every car ever built in the 40 years of Gurney’s
All American Racers.
They won Indy, they won in Europe,
they won in IMSA. A beautifully designed book with robust
Foreword by Dan Gurney himself.
Hard cover, 208 pages, hundreds of B&W and color photographs
American Auto Racing:
The Milestones and Personalities
of a Century of Speed
Martin and Thomas F. Saal
This work traces American auto racing through the 20th century,
covering its significant milestones, developments and personalities.
Subjects included are: Bill Elliott, dirt track racing, board track
racing, Henry Ford, Grand Prix races, Dale Earnhardt, the Vanderbilt
Cup, Bill France, Gordon Bennett, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
the Mercer, the Stutz, Duesenberg, Frank Lockhart, drag racing, the
Trans Am, Paul Newman, vintage racing, land speed records, Al Unser,
Wilbur Shaw, the Corvette, the Cobra, Richard Petty, NASCAR, Can Am,
Mickey Thompson, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, and
Through interviews with participants and track records, this text
shows where, when and how racing changed. It describes the growth of
each different form of auto racing as well as the people and
technologies that made it ever faster.
Soft cover, 231 pages, 232 photos.
Ab & Marvin Jenkins: The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon
by Gordon White
The story of Ab Jenkins, who, with Studebaker, set transcontinental
highway and hill climb records, raced on the board tracks of the
twenties, then, with the help of his son, Marvin, put the Bonneville
Salt Flats on the world scene, setting records there for 24 years;
Ab's career as Mayor of Salt Lake City and, in the 1990s, Marvin's
rescue of his dad's Mormon Meteor III from the un-caring hands of
the State of Utah.
Soft cover, 160 pages,
200 black & white photos.
Let 'Em All Go!
by Chris Economaki
with Dave Argabright
Chris Economaki is the world’s
best-known reporter of the auto racing scene. No man, with either the
written or electronic word, has had an effect on auto racing like Economaki.
The most powerful leaders of the sport take great care to cultivate
a favorable relationship; drivers and mechanics listen carefully to
his honest, revealing, direct questions; and the everyman hurries to
read Chris’s take on what’s happening in the sport of Auto racing.
Now, with award winning author and columnist Dave Argabright, Economaki tells the story of the sport from the perspective of the
man who was there for all to see.
Hard cover, 8 5/8” x 5 1/2 “, 352 pages,
32 pages of black & white and color photos.
By Earl Baltes with Dave Argabright
For 50 years Earl Baltes has influenced nearly every form of American motorsports.
Now Earl has spoken, in a delightful new autobiography! Earl, one of the most successful short-track
promoters in American history, has finally told the story of his life, his dreams, and his experiences.
It's been a rough, tough, daring journey, and now you can ride along. With his colorful, straightforward
style "the Earl of Eldora" tells of the many deals and promotions that changed the course of American
Read about his hilarious and very brief-driving career, his involvement in other tracks,
his hardscrabble youth during the Great Depression, his early success in the music business, and the
intriguing story of how he happened across a parcel of ground near Rossburg, Ohio and turned it into
Eldora Speedway, arguably the most beloved short track in the world. Hang out after the races with the
stars of the sport, sharing a beer and many memorable stories. "Earl!" is a one-of-a-kind book, about
a one-of-a-kind character, and this is a must-read for race fans everywhere.
Quality hardbound, 240 pages, 9” x 6”
32 pages of color and black & white photos.