AUTO RACING'S YOUNG LIONS by Ross R. Olney

AUTO RACING'S YOUNG LIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A multi-family album, featuring seven father/son pairs (some familiar as individuals from Olney's previous profiles) who have made racing a two-generation career. In the line-up are: Bill Vukovich, who died trying for his third Indy 500 win, and his son who is ""good"" but ""not a mad Russian"" like Dad; Lee Petty, all-time stock-car winner until son Richard outstripped him; former policeman Johnny Parsons, who is not only the son of Indy 500-winner Johnnie Parsons but also the stepson of Duane Carter and half-brother of Duane, Jr.--both sprint and midget racers with a chapter of their.own; rugged off-road co-drivers Mickey and Dannie Thompson; Tony Bettenhausen, who was killed testing a competitor's car, and his three racing sons; and Buck and Buddy Baker, whose story becomes that of Buddy's sponsor Ken Norris, a toilet bowl tycoon. Despite an occasional reference to a cheering toddler or smiling father in the pits, the father-son relationship is chiefly a qualifying device here, with Olney's attention as usual on the drivers in action.

Pub Date: May 26th, 1977
Publisher: Putnam