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Daytona 24 Hours - Definitive History Of America's Great Endurance Race

by Authors Buz McKim, J.J. O'Malley

When Daytona International Speedway was built in 1959, Bill France Sr. had much more than stock car racing in mind. To give his sparkling facility international recognition, he tucked a unique road circuit inside the speedway and included sports car racing on the schedule.

The first event, the 1962 Daytona Continental, was only a three-hour race, but the circuit's staggering 31-degree banking intimidated visiting European drivers. Encouraged by the enthusiastic reception of the event, and spurred by the popularity of sports car racing through the Ford vs. Ferrari battle, France held the first Daytona 24 Hours in 1966.

Since then the annual February event has taken its place at the head of the international racing calendar. Virtually every major manufacturer has been involved at some point with full factory teams or through the efforts of enthusiastic privateers. Over the years, the event has attracted the great cars from Porsche, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Jaguar and many more, including a host of specialized chassis builders. Drivers who have competed in the event read as a who’s who of international talent, including Mario Andretti, Derek Bell, Mark Donohue, A. J. Foyt, Peter Gregg, Dan Gurney, Hurley Haywood, Phil Hill, Al Holbert, Gianpiero Moretti, Brian Redman, Pedro Rodriguez, the Unsers, and Bob Wollek.

With a foreword by five-time winner Hurley Haywood, 328 color and 94 black-and-white photos selected by Buz McKim, chief archivist for International Speedway Corporation, and a comprehensive drivers index with year-by-year race results compiled by noted motorsports historian Dr. Janos Wimpffen, longtime and new fans alike will savor the action in this ultimate guide to the Daytona 24.

Foreword by Hurley Haywood, photos edited by Buz McKim, results and index by Janos Wimpffen,

400 pages, Hardcover, 328 color and 94 black-and-white illustrations, 9" x 11"; Bk. DB1824 (Hardcover)

The NASCAR Vault: An Official History Featuring Rare Collectibles from Motorsports Images And Archives
(NASCAR Library Collection) (Ring-bound)

For the first time ever, NASCAR has opened its massive archives to the public, taking fans on a speed-defying journey through a national phenomenon s evolution. The NASCAR Vault chronicles the astonishing growth of one of America's greatest obsessions, through more than 150 images and 26 NASCAR collectibles that will awe and delight racing fans. Features include NASCAR's first race report, NASCAR founder Bill France's 1938 Indianapolis 500 pit pass, and a ticket to Dale Earnhardt's first Daytona 500 victory. Dynamic photos will help readers relive the excitement of NASCAR from its early years through its enormous popularity today. Both authors have deep roots in racing, with Branham growing up a mile from the Indianapolis racetrack and McKim's father owning cars that competed in NASCAR in the 1950s. Finally, the story of NASCAR is being told the way it should be: in 3-D.

Removable replica documents include:
- NASCAR founder Bill France's 1938 Indianapolis 500 pit pass
- NASCAR's first race report
- NASCAR's 1948 Rules and Specifications brochure
- A race day program from legendary Bowman Gray Stadium
- An invitation from former President Jimmy Carter to the first-ever White House banquet honoring NASCAR
- A ticket to Dale Earnhardt's first Daytona 500 victory


About the Authors:
H.A. Branham is the communications manager for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. A former sports editor for the Tampa Tribune , he is also the author of Sampras: A Legend in the Works.
Buz McKim is the historic database coordinator for the NASCAR public relations department and was previously director of archives for the International Speedway Corporation.

The Nascar Vault, February 19, 2007  Deborah J. Stewart (Goodhue, MN USA)
"This book is great! It is full of great old photos and memorabilia."

The NASCAR Vault, August 30, 2006  L. Caldwell (Kentucky, USA)
"I have purchased two of these books, one for a seven year old and another for an eleven year old and they love them. They are filled with so much information and they like looking at all the memorabilia from past years and how the cars have changed. I suggest every NASCAR fan no matter how young or old, purchase one of these books, it is well worth it."

Awesome NASCAR history lesson, December 26, 2005  L. Wilson (Kansas City, MO)
"The book has an amazing amount of historical information, and the collectables are incredible! You feel like you've stepped back in time to the memorable events that have made NASCAR what it is today. A must have for fans and racers alike."

The NASCAR Vault, March 24, 2005   Albert Neal Milliron "Mindbender" (Augusta, GA)
For the first time ever, NASCAR has opened its massive archives to the public, taking fans on a speed-defying journey through a national phenomenon's evolution. The NASCAR Vault chronicles the growth of one of America's greatest obsessions, and includes more than 150 images and 26 plastic-encased NASCAR collectibles to tell the story as it should be told: in 3-D.

Even NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. couldn't have imagined just how huge his creation would become, from drawing a crowd of 14,000 at NASCAR's debut race in 1948, to attracting a television audience of over 33 million at the 2004 Daytona 500-making it the world's most watched motorsports event. From a replica of NASCAR's first race report to a ticket from Dale Earnhardt's first Daytona 500 win, The NASCAR Vault allows you hold pieces of NASCAR in your hand as you read and see the history of NASCAR unfold. With NASCAR insiders H.A. Branham and Buz McKim as guides, experience the crowds getting bigger, the cars becoming faster, and the stakes growing sky-high." http://www.ironmill.com/nascar 

BLUE & ORANGE  -  The History of Gulf in Motorsport   by Michael Cotton
Foreword by Derek Bell
Photos edited by Buz McKim,
results and index by Janos Wimpffen

This excellent book by Michael Cotton covers the history of Gulf sponsorship of racing.

BLUE & ORANGE is the story of Gulf Oil and history of motor racing sponsorship that stretches back to the 1930s. This large format full colour book from Coterie Press focuses on the drivers, the cars and the events associated with the Pittsburgh company and their famous logo through the best part of 70 years.

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