The Early Laps of Stock Car Racing

The Early Laps of Stock Car Racing

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The book begins with the nation's first organized, sanctioned stock car road race over the Briarcliff, New York, course--staged in 1908 by one of America's early speed mavens, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. A veteran of the early Ormond-Daytona Beach speed trials, Vanderbilt brought the Grand Prize races to Savannah, Georgia, in 1908. What began as a rich man's sport eventually became the working man's sport, finding a home in the South with the infusion of moonshiners and their souped-up cars. The book is based, for the most part, on statements of drivers, car owners and others garnered from archived newspaper articles. Readers are given an expanded look at the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing's 1948 incorporation documents; how they clash with the agreements adopted at NASCAR's organization meeting two months earlier in December 1947. The meeting's participants soon realized that their sport was actually owned by William H.G. qBillq France, and its consequential growth turned his family into billionaires. In addition to the sport's earlier races, the book covers NASCAR's first decades of stock car racing, through 1974--with an astonishing lack of safety requirements and minuscule race purses paid by Bill France compared to his gate the Martinsville races fully dresseda€”he carried two pistolsa€”since there was always afight breaking out in the pits after a ... he did not let beach conditions stop him from adding an experimental auto race for cars not classified as factory production. ... Yunick, who at that time was building cars for Fireball Roberts, said things NASCAR crews did in four or five weeks Kiekhaefera#39;s did in four or five days.

Title:The Early Laps of Stock Car Racing
Author:Betty Boles Ellison
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-09-08


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