There’s quite a variety to choose from this holiday season as RACER’s Robin Miller gives race fans some reading gift options.
For IndyCar fans there’s Sylvia Wilkinson’s “50/50” — the story of star-crossed John Paul Jr. and all his triumphs and tragedies as he fights Huntington’s disease. All proceeds from this $40 book go to JPJ’s staggering medical bills and it can be purchased at JohnMortonRacing.net.
More than 60 years ago Wilbur Shaw wrote “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” and now it’s been updated by Bob Gates to include what happened to his son and wife after the three-time Indy winner lost his life in an airplane crash, and the foundation he laid for future IMS bosses. It’s available at Coastal181.com.
And “Stardust International Raceway (Motorsports Meets the Mob)” is an interesting look at how Indy cars and Can-Am came to race outside Las Vegas with the mob firmly behind the racetrack. It can be ordered at McFarlandbooks.com.
Bones Bourcier’s latest work is titled “Hot Shoe” and it’s the story of Gary Balough, the modified star whose path to NASCAR stardom was cut down when he began smuggling marijuana, and this is a raw look at throwing a career away. It’s available at Coastal181.com along with “Racing to the Finish,” the chronicle of how Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career came to an early ending. ESPN’s Ryan McGee and Junior team up to give an honest view of how concussions and understanding them made the second-generation star walk away from NASCAR.
The fourth and final offering on Coastal181.com is “Modern Thunder,” the history of USAC sprint cars from 1981-2017. John Mahoney’s photos are supported by the writing of Dave Argabright and Pat Sullivan and it’s a timeless keepsake that also includes a look back from 1956-1980.
Gordon Kirby’s latest historical perspective is called “Wally Dallenbach: Steward of the Sport” and is an insightful look at the former IndyCar driver who became the best chief steward in IndyCar’s history, who ruled with a fair hand and a man who helped start the CART’s safety team. Go to Racemaker.com to order.