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Best Damn Garage in Town: The World According to Smokey Paperback – Box set, July 1, 2001


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  • Paperback: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: Carbon Press, LC; 2nd edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971146934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971146938
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It’s the best book I have ever read – bar none! I couldn’t put it down...nobody could." -- John DeLorean

BDGIT is a great damn book about a great damn man, the likes of which we will never see again. -- SpeedFX.com, Matt McGlaughlin

I’ve spent hours blowing off my duties here at the office, unable to pull myself from these sweet, straight-shooting pages. -- Hot Rod Magazine, Jeff Koch

Smokey didn’t suffer fools gladly, and he called them all to task in his posthumous 1,100-page, self-published, three-volume tome. -- Hot Rod Magazine, Jeff Koch

Smokey was a one-man Greatest Generation whose World War II adventures seem divided between hot planes and hot nurses. -- The New York Times, Robert Lipsyte

From the Publisher

Smokey Yunick wanted didn’t want an editor changing what he had written and he didn’t want a publisher telling him he had to remove all the controversial parts. So he did what everybody expected he would do: he started his own publishing company to make sure the book was published just the way he wanted it to be.

Smokey wanted the more than 400 photographs to be used in the stories, rather than in a special section. He wanted the text to be large enough for everyone to be able to read it. He wanted the photos to be large enough where the reader could really see what was going on. And he wanted it on really nice paper so everything would look good. In short, he wanted it done his way.

The result of all of his ideas is this 3-volume 1,100 page set. The interest in this book has been unbelievable even before it was finished. Over 500 copies were sold before the book was even printed. We have sold over 7,000 copies directly to race fans, history buffs and anybody who enjoys the real stories of a racer, mechanic, patriot and scoundrel, all rolled into one.

Now that Smokey’s book has reached general release, we do feel it is appropriate that we repeat the warning he included at the beginning:

Warning: This book is written in "Old Southern Racing English." Anyone under the age of eighteen should read this book in the company of a grandfather race fan for translation regarding language, social and moral interpretations.

Basically, this book tells the stories from the early days of racing just the way they happened – nothing is sugar-coated or cleaned up. It’s not politically correct or grammatically correct – but neither was Smokey! Enjoy.


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Smokey tells it just like he sees it.
Ray the Rat
Do your self a favour and enjoy a great story by and about a great man.
William P. Fry
If you like racing of any kind, this book is a must read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JSR on January 25, 2006
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Simply put this is one of the best books about racing I have ever read. Smokey's stories are entertaining, hilarious, and insightful. His kind will not be by this way again! If you like racing of any kind, this book is a must read. It is well worth both the time and the money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ray the Rat on November 7, 2003
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Smokey tells it just like he sees it. No political correctness here. If he thinks something stinks, he says so. He has no love lost for Bill France and company, but respects many others.
His writing style is straight to the point, amusing and raw. But it's the way he sees things...and he repeats that point...that it's just his opinion and urges the reader to make up their own mind.
I highly recommend this set. And I salute you, Smokey.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Booth on October 30, 2003
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Smokey Yunick, as many know, was a no non-sense guy who not only loved and lived cars and racing - he WAS cars and racing.
Whether you were a backyard teen-mechanic from the 60's, or a professional mechanic or racer, your entire life was -and still is- influenced by Henry "Smokey" Yunick.
I never met Smokey, but because of my older brother's avid passion as a mechanic and certified 'car nut', I heard all about him for years.
My brother told me about the book: hinting real hard that, "..he'd love to have it!" So, I hustled a copy of this book for my own reading from a 'grease monkey' friend. After only the first brief review, I knew this would truly be a life-time gift for my brother.
He loves it! Reading this tome on the history of the 'gas engine racing legend': Smokey Yunick; especially because it's in Smokey's own writing and words; is a treasure to him. Every week he thanks me for the gift.
Get the book - before you can't find it. It's not cheap now .. and will only get more expensive with time. The really good stuff does this, you know!
This is an heirloom - not just a book. Even if you're not 'into reading' a 'typical book' .. this is like picking up the ultimate Chilton's! You won't be able to put it down. And besides, with this book you'll learn more than you've already forgotten!
Enjoy !!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clinton E. Roush on February 28, 2003
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Don't let Smokey's style of storytelling stop you. When you finish all three volumes you will have probed the mind of a true hero. I wish Smokey had written this book sooner. I met Smokey, at Indy, in the early 90's. Today I would have much more to talk to him about. Smokey was the example of "Thinking outside the box"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on January 15, 2003
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When Smoke said he'd tell like it is, he didn't lie! The history lesson he gives you is worth its weight in gold.There is so much to learn and appreciate from his book. He was a unique man, with a colorful history and not just in racing. I have attended numerous lectures and roundtable discussions he held at the annual PRI shows, they were always one of my favorite things to go to. Only way to desribe Smokey in my book is, he was one smart cat! Whether some of his "Associates" will admit it or not, they will definetly miss his insight,his wisdom, and his courage to step over the line. Thank You Smokey for All That You Have Done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Zyla on April 9, 2005
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Extremely fortunate to have worked with Smokey during our years at Circle Track Magazine and all his years at PRI (Performance Racing Industry).

THIS IS INDEED THE BEST DAMN BOOK IN TOWN. You'll love it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wade Caldwell on November 19, 2002
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I couldn't believe that one man could do so much in one lifetime. He was a B-17 pilot in WWII, raced in the early days of NASCAR, won at Indy, served as a consultant to the big car companies and drilled for oil and mined for gold in Ecuador. There is not much he didn't do and he is such a great storyteller that it is impossible to put down.
His style is very much stream of consciousness and his language is straight out of the garage, but these stories would not be believable if the text was polished and cleaned up. When I first read these books, I didn't know anything about Smokey, but by the time I was finished, I felt like I knew how his mind worked on everything from engineering to chasing women.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in cars, racing, war history or just learning more about a great time in the history of this country through a set of eyes that saw much more than their share. By the way, the chapters on his wife and his dogs will take you competely by surprise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dgss on April 15, 2012
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BDGIT is the holy grail of read to all babyboomers who thing a car is more than a 3.25 cyl. transportation special to scheektown coffee. The read made me think of my teachers who made me go put the hot rod mag. in the locker. They were from the same mold. No political B.S. here (although, I would vote Smokey in to the White house even though I know he would paint it black & gold!). We are a dying breed here, it is a pleasure to read the truth for once. Long live the memory of Henry Yunick!
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