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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com; 2nd edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557775175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557775170
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken on January 5, 2011
In the book LONG KISS, I found a "kindred spirit". We both live in Texas and LOVE the Indianapolis 500. The author just happened to grow up in Texas and this reader grew up in INDY. The book is a mix of personal catharsis, self-therapy, passion, adventure, exploration and love for the best in motorsports. Sometimes I wanted to hear more, and sometimes I wanted to hear less, but YOU should read the book for your own interpretation. The two parts I loved the most (which are throughout the book) are all these great first-hand experiences with "racing personalities" and what I call behind the scene stories related to the INDY 500. Good grief! I lived in Indianapolis from 1958-1973 and missed so much of the greatest spectacle in racing, and I thank the author for these great stories! The second part is the author's rediscovery of himself. His journey to multiple race events paralleled multiple journeys in his personal growth. He had mental, physical, and spiritual challenges and has come out a winner like one who has won a race. But as the author and I know, we are in a bigger race. We may need some pit stops along the way, but we will be victorious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Killian Daly on May 10, 2012
It's not often I read a book that can move me to tears just about every time I pick it up, but this is one of them - and that's a good thing! It's a perfect summary of the sense of community, friendship and love that holds the IndyCar paddock together, from the perspective of a devout racing fan. The raw emotion that comes with being involved in racing, in any capacity, is so strong that anyone who knows what it feels like will find it fairly leaps off the page, and anyone who hasn't experienced it will likely find it irresistably intriguing.

What's more, I rarely read a book that makes me pause, re-read a sentence or paragraph, and think "...I am so glad I'm not the only person who feels this way." But, I found myself doing that time and time again with this book - and not just about the racing! The non-racing situations I'm referring to, I wouldn't wish upon anyone, but it's so reassuring to read and know I'm not alone.

I am very happy to see the names and stories of so many kind, caring, loving people who are passionate about the sport mentioned in this book, and I am utterly pleased to consider the author, a fellow racing fan, a dear friend.
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My first recollection of the Indianapolis 500 was the last restart of the 1986 race. Being a little boy, I cheered on a racecar driver, just cause his name was Kevin. As I watched with my mother, and Bobby Rahal "cheated" on the restart (being a kid, and not knowing the rules for restarts), I said "HE CAN'T DO THAT...HE CAN'T DO THAT!!" Upset because Kevin Cogan was passed before the start/finish line. Looking back many years later, and knowing Rahal's Truesports team owner Jim Trueman would probably never see another "500" again.

I fell in love with The Race in 1989, for obvious reasons. Never before (for me) did I watch on the edge of my seat, the last 15 laps of the race, much like a basketball fan watches the last inbounds pass in a tie game for the national championship, cheering for their favorite team in the final 0:02 seconds. Then having a feeling of 'hate' for Fittipaldi for (thru a boy's eyes remember) intentionally wrecking Little Al. I was hooked. And little did I know, that in just ten short years, I would visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time AND get to see one of the most entertaining finishes to that date, in person. It was fitting that Lee Greenwood sang "Proud to be an American". I couldnt help but become overwhelmed that I was actually at MY Graceland.

Charles West's book is a MUST READ for ANYONE who calls themselves a fan of The Race or the Speedway. If you can appreciate Her history, traditions and march of new technology...if you start counting down the days till the next race, even before leaving the stands of the one just completed, you need to read this book.

Indianapolis is much more than 'a race'. its much more than cars just boringly driving in a circle.
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