BOOKS IN PRINT BY ART EVANS (Distributed by Iconografix, Inc, PO Box 446, Hudson, WI, 800-289-3504). All books are soft cover, perfect bound, in 8= x 11-inch format and printed on high-quality paper. Torrey Pines Remembered ($19.95) Torrey Pines was one of those fabled venues where road racing took place on public streets and roads during the late forties and early fifties. In addition to Torrey Pines, sports car competitions were held at Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, Elkhart Lake, Pebble Beach and Golden Gate Park. This book constitutes a history of the eight events held at Torrey Pines starting in 1951 and ending in 1956. Included are each program cover, lists of officials, entrants and results. Torrey Pines Remembered is illustrated with more than 150 archival photographs,
many of which have never been previously printed. A highlight is remembrances contributed by a number of those who drove, were officials or spectators. Each race meeting is described by reprints of articles from various publications. Torrey Pines Remembered is essentially a scrapbook and is labeled as such on the cover. A few ads from programs add considerable interest. One even features Lucille Ball helping to promote a Singer (not a sewing machine) sports car roadster. (Notice: There are fewer than 100 copies left; this book will soon go out of print and no longer be available.) Ken Miles ($34.95) is a biography of the subject. It follows his life from the early days in England to his tragic death at Riverside Raceway in 1966. The book format is somewhat different from others. It is essentially a scrapbook. More than 130 photographs are included. Many are from private collections and have never before been published. A fascinating feature is remembrances written by some who knew Miles best, like Carroll Shelby, Augie Pabst, John Morton, Bill Pollack and Ken's son, Peter. Miles himself was an accomplished writer and a few articles he wrote are reprinted. The book starts off with a complete chronology from birth to death and ends with the eulogy delivered by the author's father and a never-before
assembled race record. Miles second-place finish at the 1966 Le Mans was mired in controversy. This book goes some distance toward clarification. Interspersed throughout are articles from period publications. The scrapbook is held together with text by the author, a close friend of Miles and his family. Pebble Beach Remembered ( $34.95). Starting in 1950 and ending in 1956, the events at Pebble Beach were the premier road racing events on the U.S. West Coast. This is a scrapbook that reproduces every program and every race report from the Sports Car Club of America official magazine, Sports Car. Every entrant and the results of each race are included. The book is illustrated with more than 500 period photographs. The death of Ernie McAfee is recounted in some detail. After the Pebble Beach course was abandoned, a purpose-built track was built on what was then part of nearby Fort Ord. The first event at Laguna Seca was billed as the '8th Annual Pebble Beach National Championship Sports Car Road Races.' This event is also detailed plus the very first vintage races, held on August 10, 1974, at Laguna Seca. Creator Steve Earle billed it the '1st Annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races.' A highlight of the book is remembrances of a number of those who raced there including winners Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Jack McAfee, Bill Pollack and Pete Lovely. Paramount Ranch Remembered ($34.95) is a collection of race reports, results, driver biographies and contemporary reportage. The material is interspersed with participants' memories of the events which provide historical perspective. Paramount Ranch is one of several locations in Southern California where westerns and other movies were shot, starting in silent days. A developer purchased it and a road course was built that opened in 1956. From the beginning, it was a source of some great racing and great controversy. For a generation of racers raised mostly on forgiving airport venues, Paramount's width and elevation changes were a challenge and accidents were common. After a weekend in December 1957, which resulted in two fatalities and another major injury accident, the insurance was cancelled and the course became history. The book drills down to unearth information that makes it fascinating. The combination of hard facts plus their interpretation by personal remembrances is a potent brew that brings alive these long-ago events. Few sources evoke the times as well as this one. The book is a bonanza. Racing Sports Cars ($39.95) Back in the fifties, the definition of a sports car was one that could be not only used as a daily driver, but also raced in an organized event. Because sports car racing was in its infancy in the U.S. at that time, an organized event was often nothing more than a bunch of hay bales set out on an airport runway. Cars and drivers of all abilities took to the field, resulting in some wild and wooly wheel-to-wheel race action. It also resulted in some amazing photographs. Racing Sports Cars combines those photos, many of which are from private collections and have never before been published, with the first-hand accounts of more than 60 drivers, some of whom went on to become world famous. The book is composed of 50 chapters, each dedicated to a different marque. A full-page photographs and explanatory text describes each model - 74 in all - often with the driver who describes his personal experiences. Each chapter also includes a short biography of the individual most association with the creation of the marque: Enzo Ferrari, John Cooper, Sydney Allard and Ferry Porsche to site several. The book is illustrated with the logos of each mare plus more than 200 period photographs. The book amounts to a very personalized history of sports car racing during the 1950s. After reading it, Carroll Shelby remarked, "The fifties had some of the most exciting sports car racing ever. Art Evans has captured that excitement in this fabulous new book." The eminent British autosports journalist, Simon Taylor, wrote "I must say I find it very appealing. The format works well, the photography is all interesting and entertaining, the memories of the people who were involved at the time are delightful and poignant." Golden Gate Remembered ($32.95) is a collection of race reports, results, driver biographies and contemporary reportage. The material is interspersed with participants' memories of the events, which provide historical perspective. This book unearths littleknown information that makes it fascinating. The combination of hard facts plus their interpretation by personal remembrances is a potent brew that brings alive these long-ago events. The book is accurately labeled a 'scrapbook.' There's a section for each race meet starting with a reproduction of the program cover. This is followed by reproductions of the list of officials, entries, results and stories from various periodicals. There are some 300 period photographs and a selection of advertisements from programs. A number of those who were there then have contributed to this scrapbook. Printed on high-quality coated paper, the book is softbound with 240 pages in 8=x11-inch format. It was printed in a very limited quantity. Racing With Mercedes ($29.95) The Sports Car Club of America's first National Champion, John Fitch, has authored one of the most extraordinary accounts of open-road racing ever written. Fitch was the only American member of the famous fifties-era Mercedes-Benz team. Along with five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, Peter Collins and Karl Kling among others, he confronted the most demanding and exciting races of the 20th Century. John's descriptions of the 1952 Mexican Road Races along with the 1955 season Mille Miglia, Le Mans, Tourist Trophy and the Targa Florio are fascinating. Fitch's prose is complimented with course diagrams, posters and a large number of photographs, many from the DaimlerChrysler archives. This introduction is by Juan Manuel Fangio. This is a must have for anyone interested in motor sports, the history of racing or Mercedes-Benz automobiles. By John Fitch, Art Evans and Don Klein.
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