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Extensively researched, the compelling story and stunning contemporary photos, many previously unpublished, paint a fascinating portrait of a nascent sport coming into its own.
"Californian motor sport history is extensively covered in print but the East Coast scene (with the exception of Joel Finn's masterful histories) get's short-changed. This thumping 432-page book changes that ... the amount of information and amazing pictures help justify the hefty outlay." - Classic & Sports Car "Race results, where they survive, are fully detailed and there are loads of rare and fascinating pictures. It's a solid piece of work, both in the literary sense and - at 430 pages - the physical one." - Octane "The book has hundreds and hundreds of photos to illustrate the full race reporting. All power to the author and the publisher for going ahead with a nicely-produced book on a racing era that deserves to be covered well." - Classic Driver "This is a massive volume filled with racing statistics, photos and text gleaned from a variety of sources including old racing programs, newspaper articles, and various club newsletters of the period, 1950-1959. An amazing historical chronicle of the first real decade of sports car racing in North America." - North American Classic MG "For anyone with an abiding interest in the foundations of road racing in America, this book is an invaluable resource." - Vintage Racecar "The level of research and commitment needed to produce this book is simply staggering. If the cars, races or personalities of this era are of interest then this is a valuable work and should find space in any serious motoring library." - VSCC Bulletin & Bugantics