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Road racing has long-storied roots in North America that reach from coast to coast and to Canada. Some of the greatest drivers to ever compete raced wickedly fast machines, staged epic duels on winding strips of asphalt, and created history. This history left an enduring legacy that is revealed and celebrated in Lost Road Courses. Road racer and road racing expert Martin Rudow retraces road racing’s glorious past and visits the defunct classic road courses across the United States and Canada. Many road courses were built during the golden age of American road racing and fell victim to changing times, poor business decisions, urban sprawl, safety standards, and increasing real estate prices. Rudow recounts the breathtaking races and fascinating history of more than 16 tracks from around North America. Riverside International Raceway, Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Ontario Motor Speedway, Continental Divide Raceway, and many others were once major race venues that have since closed. The exploits of Chaparral, McLaren, Bud Moore, Lotus, Penske, and other race teams as well as racing greats Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jim Hall, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jim Clark, and Dan Gurney are covered. In the pages of this book, a nostalgic tour of these famous races at these vintage road circuits unfolds. Many period photos illustrate the racing action and the tracks themselves in their former glory, and modern color shows the tracks as they currently stand. Comprehensive retrospective on prominent classic road course race tracks in each region of the United States and Canada Covers defunct yet revered race tracks including Riverside, Ontario, and Bridgehampton Recounts classic races of historic race teams and legendary race drivers About the Author Martin Rudow is a lifelong road racing enthusiast, authority, and publisher of Vintage Drift, a vintage road racing magazine in the Pacific Northwest. He has authored two regional sports car racing history books, Weekends of Glory and Long Straights and Hairpin Turns, and has been awarded national and international recognition for them. Rudow has attended numerous regional sports car races in the latter half of the 1950s and first half of the 1960s.
Author: Rudow, Martin
Binding Type: Paperback
Illustrations: 177 color & 181 b/w photos