Sunday, May 29, 2016

Book of the Day: Rodger Ward said, "Indy makes the race driver. You become famous when you come here."

Today is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile motor race (because of wartime interruptions, it comes five years after the centenary of the race’s start). An American original, the race assumed mythic proportions during the bone-jarring 25 years when contestants had to drive 500 laps on a track built of 3.2 million nine-pound bricks. Elaborate rituals have grown up around the event, including a stirring rendition of the song “Back Home in Indiana” (the actor Jim Nabors did the honors from 1972 to 2014).

In honor of the historic day, Henry Bemis has rolled out a selection from the Automotive Shelf:

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Rick Popely, with L. Spencer Riggs, Indianapolis 500 Chronicles (Publications International, 1st ed., 1st printing, 1998). A lavishly illustrated, quarto volume of the race’s first 90 years, presented in chronological order. 416 pp. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, good condition- slight damage to upper right cover corner and dust jacket. HBB price: $25 obo.


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