Northeast American Sports Car Races — 1950-1959

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by Terry O'Neil The growth of sports car racing in Northeast America was not painless.... more
Northeast American Sports Car Races — 1950-1959

by Terry O'Neil

The growth of sports car racing in Northeast America was not painless. Tragedy, mystery, subterfuge, intrigue, and an adherence to a particular club philosophy all featured in its story during the 1950s, when professionalism in the sport was always bubbling under the surface.

The northeast area of America has long been considered the cradle of post World War II sports car racing; the Sports Car Club of America was founded there, and it was the entry point to America for a host of European sports cars. Early in the 1950s, road races had been permitted by some State authorities, but due to fatal accidents a ban on such racing came into effect. Forced to find alternative venues, the motor clubs were attracted to civil airports and a few military bases. But the drivers craved more challenging venues on which to hone their skills. This resulted in a few individuals chancing their reputation - and a great deal of money - and opening purpose-built circuits.

This book gives a unique insight into this intriguing journey through the decade. Extensively researched, the compelling story and stunning contemporary photos, many previously unpublished, paint a fascinating portrait of a nascent sport coming into its own.Complaints from airmen alerted Congressman Errett Scrivner to potential irregularities, and he ordered an audit to be conducted to ascertain precisely what it was costing the air bases to host the races. His findings led to the cessation of the races, ordered by Congress.

The product of a long period of extensive research by the author, this book gives a fascinating insight into this two-year period, complemented by over 150 period pictures, many previously unpublished. Contents:

  • 1950 – The early days
    1950 results
  • 1951 – Consolidation
    1951 results
  • 1952 – Troubled times
    1952 results
  • 1953 – The demise of road races
    1953 results
  • 1954 – The transition from roads to airfields
    1954 results
  • 1955 – Short-term alternatives
    1955 results
  • 1956 – Signs of change
    1956 results
  • 1957 – An optimistic outlook
    1957 results
  • 1958 – Introduction of professional USAC events
    1958 results
  • 1959 – A brighter future
    1959 results
  • USAC International Formula Libre
    USAC International Formula Libre results
  • Conclusion to a decade of change

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 432 Seiten, 475 teils farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text