500 MILES TO GO: The Story of the Indianapolis Speedway by Al Bloemker

500 MILES TO GO: The Story of the Indianapolis Speedway

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This history of a national and international automobile racing center represents a ""pattern of progress"" in the development of the engines, accessories, safety factors and car construction, which is the accompaniment of the chronological record of racing and racers. It is also the account of the Speedway's beginning under four men -- Fisher, Allison, Newby and Wheeler -- and their interest in establishing a track for manufacturers to test cars and equipment in competition, its many setbacks -- imperfect paving, the wars, the weather, etc., - and, of course, the long toll of accidents. Written by the Director of Public Relations for the Indianapolis Speedway this offers a full coverage of the races from 1911 to 1960; of the speed battles, the records accumulated and the prizes won; of the changing rules along with the changes in mechanical details; of the great racing names and the great car builders; of the unfailing appeal as a spectator sport.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1961
Publisher: Coward-McCann