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Pete Lyons grew up on the track, and has covered auto racing since the early 1960s. His pieces couple his enthusiasm for motorsports with clear insight into the factors that make cars and men champions. Whether he's screwing up his chance to learn how to drive fast from Dan Gurney, or taking a lap while precariously wedged into a Can-Am car with Peter Revson at the wheel and at full noise, Lyons picks up on the details that help us understand and appreciate what makes racing great. Fast Lines is a collection of 55 of Pete's columns, Fast Lines, from Vintage Racecar Magazine. The book includes looks at cars and racers from Formula 1, Can-Am, Indycar, and endurance racing, most of them racers who competed in the 1960s and 1970s. He also includes glances into the contemporary Mario Andretti, mellowed hardly at age 60, and events like Sebring, Goodwood, and the Monterey Historics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Octane Press (August 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982913192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982913192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Barker on April 21, 2012
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I've been reading about motor racing since 1960 and have read hundreds of books and thousands of magazine articles on motor racing and motor sports. Pete's book is a fantastic read and one that any gearhead will thoroughly enjoy. He touches on many different kinds of racing but the main theme here is road racing across the decades; F1, Can-Am, Trans-Am, endurance racing and he covers the great venues, from Le Mans to Sebring, Targa Florio, Riverside and, his stated favorite, the old Nurburgring. He talks drivers (and he knew some of the greats), cars, tracks, etc. As a fellow American, it's as if he was reading my mind except that his experience base is much broader.

This is a wonderful book! Give this to your favorite motor racing fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Pernikoff on October 21, 2012
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My two favorite motorsports columnists over the years were Eoin Young and Pete Lyons, and now they've both published great books of their writings. Pete's columns were one of the joys of following road racing over the years, and this collection of some of his best brings back some great memories.

But even if you weren't around during the era that he writes about, this is a very readable and enjoyable book about the time when motorsports was less of a business. Just be aware that Pete does not avoid the tragedy that was an all-too-frequent occurrence. But in view of how relatively safe racing has become nowadays, even that isn't too much of a negative.

Buy this book, keep it near your reading chair, and absorb it in modest bites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Mccarrier on January 14, 2014
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Publishing a collection of magazine columns as a book is a risky venture. It worked for Peter Egan and Leon Mandel.
It doesn’t work here. I think the problem is that the editorial standards of Road and Track and AutoWeek are higher than those of Vintage Racecar magazine. I assume the pay is also better.

Peter Lyons has written some great books on auto racing, especially about the Can Am series, but this collection of columns doesn’t meet those standards. The columns vary widely in quality. Too many read like snippets of articles that never got published or recollections of long past events that were triggered by reading old articles.
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