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Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 Hardcover – December 1, 2006


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SpeedTV.com, May 2007
Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500 is a masterpiece. All 90 races are meticulously researched and lavishly presented. From Harroun to Hornish, it’s all here. This magnificent book ... belongs in anyones library. I give it five out of five lug nuts....prepare to be amazed!”



Vintage Motorsport, August 2007

“A must for the serious racing fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.”



Vintage Motorsport, July-August 2007

“A must for the serious race fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.”

About the Author

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson first showed up at the track in 1964, obsessed with the “500” and having memorized a plethora of trivial facts about the event and its participants. Returning in 1965, he was invited by IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer Sid Collins to participate as a commentator on the race-day broadcast, a duty he has performed ever since. The week after that race, he was hired (by Director of Competition Henry Banks) to be the keeper of records for the United States Auto Club (USAC), and since that time has contributed to dozens of books, written numerous magazine stories and local newspaper columns, given hundreds of talks, been featured on ABC News, and been a guest, along with Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline. He has hosted a call-in radio show every May since 1971, and for 20 years has conducted a four-night course on “500” history for IUPUI, the Indianapolis-based combined campus of Purdue and Indiana Universities. He joined IMS full time in 1998. Writer/historian Rick Shaffer first visited Indy in October of 1962, and from 1987 through 1993, he helped cover the sport for The Indianapolis Star. Over the years, he has also written articles and columns for a number of racing publications.  

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crash Media Group (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905334206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905334209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.2 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rand Thompson VINE VOICE on February 22, 2007
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This is a great book about the history of the Indy 500 from the very 1st 500 mile race in 1911 up to the great finish between Sam Hornish and Marco Andretti from the 2006 race. Co authored by Donald Davidson, the foremost historian of the 500, the book gives a good rundown of how things have evolved since the opening of the track in 1909 and is quite accurate as would be expected. A must for both the casual fan as well as the die hard enthusiast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H on May 9, 2007
This really is an excellent review of the history and personalities involved in the Indy 500. It's fascinating stuff especially in the early years when there were more places to park spectators horses than there were for their cars. I wish I could have been there in the 30's when the race winner picked up the tabs from the Paddock Diner! This is more than just a race by race account. It is well written and brings alive the state of the nation at the time as well as the larger than life individuals involved in the track and race. I don't think there has been a better illustrated Autocourse book! It's also has more pages - 368 of detailed text, fabulous period photographs and program covers and the full results of each and every race. The authors have got the balance just right so that you can pick this book and absorb yourself in each particular race. I can highly recommend this book and Autocourse should be proud of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer L. Moore on July 3, 2007
My husband and I saw this wonderful book reviewed on SPEED VISION's Wind Tunnel several weeks ago. My husband has been a faithful fan of the Indy 500 for almost seventy years and couldn't wait to get this book into his hands. He has been pouring over it daily, commenting as he goes. He has known many of the racers and crew, mostly from the 1950's, and was sad to realize that so many of them have left us over the years. He has commented about how accurate and interesting the writing is and is amazed at the quality and number of photographs in this large, heavy and beautiful book. It rests in a place of honor on our coffee table but I hesitate to call it a Coffee Table Book. It is more than that, it is truly a piece of living history and we are so glad we found it on Amazon.com. Old fans and new fans will learn so much from this incredibly detailed account of The Biggest Sporting Event In The World, The Indy 500!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B P on January 13, 2008
This BIG book covers the Indy 500 race from the very first one thru to the 90th anniversary race. Incredible pictures, old and new, beautifully capture the dynamic, breathtaking event that is the Indy 500. I gave this as a gift to my father, an auto racing fan of the first order, and he was absolutely stunned and amazed from the first time he opened the book. The quality of the book is exceptional, wonderfully presented. Highly recommended for any Indy or open-wheel racing enthusiast.
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