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500 miles to go;: The story of the Indianapolis Speedway Hardcover – January 1, 1961


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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Coward-McCann (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AWZK2
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bloemker was either on the scene or had access to those who were in a way most the hack motorsport writers of his time did not. =500 Miles to Go= is far from "complete," but for the period it covers, it may be one of the very best resources available. It might be a bit heavy on the development and evolving ownership of the Speedway for some, but the eras of the Peugeots, Duesenbergs, Millers, Maseratis, Novis, and (mostly) Offy-powered Roadsters from LA is very well documented here.

As is the case with Popely's excellent =Chronicle=, Borgeson's =Golden Age=, and Scalzo's =City of Speed=, most readers will come away with at least a somewhat deeper sense of the Chevrolet and Duesenberg brothers, Tommy Milton, Jimmy Murphy, Captain Eddie, Frank Lockhart, Leon Duray, Harry Hartz, Louie Meyer, Wilbur Shaw (as both racer and track operator), Tommy Boyle, Mauri Rose, Lou Moore, Fred Offenhauser, Ted Horn, Jack McGrath, Vukie, Rodger Ward, Jim Rathman, Parnelli and more.

The book's greatest strength, however, is in its blow-by-blow rundowns of the races themselves. I have yet to run into any book on the 500 that dramatizes the races of the first half century at Indy as effectively. For the price, this book is a goldmine.
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