Item description for NASCAR's Wild Years: Stock Car Technology in the 1960's by Alex Gabbard...
Stock car racing in the 1960s featured intense behind the scenes battles between the factories, rules makers, track owners, promoters, and racing teams. Everyone was trying to keep up with the rapid year-to-year changes that brought more cubic inches, more horsepower, smoother shapes, and faster cars. The fans were the beneficiary as they were treated to incredible competition and incredible race cars. The '60s were a sensational era of stock car racing that will never be seen again. Factory engineers produced wild and powerful stock cars that raced in shootouts from Southern dirt and small ovals to bigger and bigger super-speedways. The racer's edge sought by each factory led one small team after another to pack up and pull out. This was the era of back-door racer support from General Motors, Ford's "Total Performance" agenda to win everything, and Chrysler's fantastic Hemi-powered stockers. Special racing engines and exotic prototypes with advanced concepts that never saw the light of day all added up to fantastic drama and incredible racing, all told in these pages.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 10.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 27, 2005
ISBN 193249409X ISBN13 9781932494099
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More About Alex Gabbard
Alex Gabbard is an atomic scientist at a national laboratory, and an international award winning writer, photographer and poet with three decades of books, magazines, and newspaper features on a broad range of topics. Two of his highly popular books received "Book of the Year" honors in their field. His work spans fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography widely published in newspapers, periodicals, and books. This volume of historical fiction is another of his broad interests and travels, seafaring and American history.
Reviews - What do customers think about NASCAR's Wild Years: Stock Car Technology in the 1960's?
Disappointing, unreliable Feb 19, 2007
I was slightly disappointed by the author's coverage of one of the most interesting trends of the Sixties: 'Universal' stock cars based on specialized racing parts. The Galaxie-derived "Fairlane" stock cars were the beginning of the transition from standard frames. I wanted to read more about this (and perhaps about the generic Ford-based "GM" stock cars of the Seventies).
I severely mark down the rating of this book because of numerous factual errors in peripheral information. There are many errors in information that isn't directly related to the technical facts (for example, the introduction and early years of the Mercury Comet). The closer the material comes to the core subject, the more closely it matches what I remember from other sources. As a guess, I think that the author carefully researched the Nascar-specific technology and wrote the rest (such as industry trends) without such careful research. However, the general inaccuracies of the readily available peripheral information make it impossible to consider this book a generally reliable resource.
There's a surprising amount of information about stock drag racing cars. Not a problem, but not exactly what I expected.
NASCAR's Wild Years: Stock Car Technology in the 1960's Aug 13, 2006
excellent pictures of 60's and 70's cars and engines. really brings you back to a time when cars were cars.
GREAT BOOK FOR VINTAGE NASCAR MODEL BUILDERS Dec 21, 2005
This book is a MUST! Why? Because besides giving you TONS of GREAT COLOR & B&W shots of the rise and development of NASCAR from the end of the 1950s, to the early 1970s, with full-detail shots of motors, frames, all the "star" drivers, and legendary "tuners" over the years, along with absorbing data to read, the book also includes shots, by year, of some of the well-known Super Stock drag cars, and... good shots of just assembly line passenger cars, by year, so model builders who like to do "factory stock" replica models, will have good reference material. So much of accurate scale model building is reliant on GOOD REFERENCE books/photos, & this book should well be in any SERIOUS Vintage Nascar builder's collection. Extremely HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Well worth the money, and an absorbing read.