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Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing Hardcover – April 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (April 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896898350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896898356
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ralph Kramer grew up on a farm 50 miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and saw his first 500-mile race in 1950. Later, Kramer covered the race and the sideshow functions for The Indianapolis News from 1964-1973. He was the director of the Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum (1995 to 1998).

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The photographs are great!
R. Vawter
This title is an excellent written and photographic record of the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ken
This is the book for all auto racing fans, especially those interested in oval track open wheel racing!
Wideangle

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Mckay on May 23, 2009
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I have been going to Indianapolis for over 40 years and yet this book was fascinating. It is a book about the Speedway and the people who built it and its history. It is a very easy read and would be interesting to anyone who knows of the Indianapolis 500. If you want a book about the Indianapolis 500, this is not the book, however if you want a book about the Indianapolis motor speedway, this is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken on March 22, 2009
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This title is an excellent written and photographic record of the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Having grown up in Indianapolis, and being a lifetime racing fan, I found the book fascinating! I especially enjoyed reading the actual letters from the brick company communicating to the track owner all the business deals of the purchasing and installation of all the bricks that became the track surface.
The Speedway is an icon, and a monument to automotive racing history. The facilities has a "presence" like no other track. A book cannot fully portray that. One must experience it in person, but this book does an excellent job and comes very close!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Irish Rose on April 28, 2009
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This book was a gift for a 100 percent 500 race fan of over 40 years. He was and is completely thrilled with the gift, the great pictures and text. He's so familiar with the ins and outs of the content and can continually make personal connections to his presence at the track, the records of the drivers and the 'specials' that each year's racing recorded. The book arrived in excellent condition. It a fabulous coffee table book and a must for the 500 race fans, young and old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 17, 2009
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Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indy Motor Speedway is this fine history of the most famous racing venue in the world. It began as a cornfield and pasture and evolved into a fine racing track with world fame: here Ralph Ramer covers the entire history of the track, from the early balloon races and motorcycle races to today's top-league car racing teams. History comes alive through an excellent blend of vintage black and white and color photos throughout. Any library strong in race car history will find it a winning acquisition.
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This lovely hard bound book exceeded all my expecations and is a great book. This book was something I have been looking for for quite a while. I will certainly deal with you again if something comes along I like.
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By Nugget on December 11, 2013
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My husband LOVES to read about racing legends. We own quite a few of Ralph Kramer books. They are all purchased from the internet. Wonderful information and extremely affordable. this book was used and the seller took a lot of care in it's packaging, It was wrapped with bubble wrap and very secure. I was impressed the book was under $15 dollars.
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