Runways and Racers concentrates on the short transitional period, 1952-1954, for sports car racing in America following the ban on public road racing in many of the States. The ban left the rapidly expanding Sports Car Club of America with a problem: where to hold races. At precisely the same time, Curtis LeMay, head of Strategic Air Command, was having problems obtaining funds from Congress to improve conditions on the many air bases located around the country. The solution was a marriage of convenience, whereby the SCCA was allowed access to active SAC air bases to hold its race programmes. In return, the SAC base would receive the net profits from the event, which would be put into the Airmen's Living Improvement Fund. As a result of some initial financial success for the SAC bases, the scheme was also adopted by non-SAC bases together with regional clubs, with the same agreement in place. 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book gives a fascinating insight into this two-year period, complemented by over 150 period pictures, many previously unpublished.
This is one of those entertaining treasure trove on an important time in U.S. road racing. Terrific book. Buy it and enjoy it! And who knows, maybe your vintage race car is in it. Victory Lane I wholeheartedly recommend Terry O'Neil's Runways & Racers: Sports Car Races held on Military Airfields in America 1952-1954. It's lovingly written passages, perfectly curated photography, and well researched results tables make it a brilliant read and I find myself returning to it again and again. The Chicane
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15th May 2011
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 25.0 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.95