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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Publishing Ltd.; 2 Rev Upd edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905334826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905334827
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.4 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson first showed up at the track in 1964, obsessed with the \u201c500\u201d 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\u2019s Nightline. He has hosted a call-in radio show every May since 1971, and for 20 years has conducted a four-night course on \u201c500\u201d history for IUPUI, the Indianapolis-based combined campus of Purdue and Indiana Universities. He joined IMS full time in 1998.
Donald DavidsonIndianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson has been blessed with what he is told is a "selective retentive easy access" memory. He showed up at the track in 1964 as a young adult from England, obsessed with the "500" and having memorized a plethora of trivial facts about the event and its participants. To his amazement, he was immediately embraced by the racing fraternity and taken into its inner circle. Returning in 1965 (this time on a one-way ticket and clutching a "green card"), 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 the 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 on January 1, 1998. Rick ShafferFor most youngsters growing up in Indianapolis, the "rite of passage" can mean one's first visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the case of writer/historian Rick Shaffer, it came during October of 1962, when his father took him and his older brother on a surprise trip to the track and museum. Like his co-author, Shaffer got to witness his first Indianapolis 500 in 1964. A combined interest in history and auto racing led him to major in journalism in college, and he has been writing stories on the subject since 1973. 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. Shaffer currently resides outside of Indianapolis where he continues to write, occasionally lecture and collect books on the subject of auto racing. This is his second published book and he rates the latest experience the combination of "a labor of love" and "a dream come true."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Botnik Roller on August 10, 2014
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Majestic in every single way. Simple as that.

This book has everything from Indy 500 including the 2013 edition. It is marvelously illustrated and wisely written.

At the end f the book, there are complete sheets containing the complete results of every edition.

For each year, there is a chapter explaining technical innovations for that year, rookies pilots with great expectations, surprise entries, funny facts. Also, there are boxes containing brief sketches of famous drivers biographies (like Rutherford, Johncock, Mears, Unser, Foyt, Vukovich, etc).

The book begins with a very detailed history of the origins and history of the track and the race.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.Z. on November 20, 2013
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It was a gift to my husband who has worked in timing and Scoring at the 500 for 50 years and who builds 24 scale models of all the cars. Excellent pictures for detail when modeling!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nat Krieger on November 23, 2013
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There is no better expert on the history of the Indianapolis 500 (don't say Indy 500) than Donald Davidson. The man has a photographic memory for facts and knows as much about the history of the race than anyone. This is the book fans have been waiting for...

Coffee Table sized and filled with facts, this is the definitive history of the race
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Conner on May 17, 2014
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Cannot pass this book without sneaking a peek at the fantastic photos and text, therefore I'm not getting too much done around the house!! EVERY Indy fan should have this book! I have a big collection of Indy books and this is already one of my favorites. Mr. Davidson has always amazed me with his knowledge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keep Walking on November 25, 2013
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As one would imagine this publication from Autocourse keeps to the high standards set by the Grand Prix Year Book, but if you pay the full cover price I feel that it is a very expensive item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Cade on April 12, 2014
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From the Definitive Indy 500 Historian, Donald Davidson with Rick Shaffer. Excellent photographs and paired with accurate and entertaining story telling. You're instantly taken back to those early pioneering days where courageous men dreamed up the speedway right through the stories and events that lead to modern-day winners. The traditions, the origins and the spectacle that is the The Greatest Race Course In The World.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james lacivita on January 18, 2014
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Expectations have been exceeded!!! Excellent photos and wonderful comments. Donald Davidson at his best.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Indy 500. I've attended 27 races.
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