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Well Written Account of an Auto Race Driver from a Bygone Era
May 1, 2017
This was a well-written book that answered a lot of questions I had about Pacific Northwest auto racing in the 1960s. The author, Bob Kehoe, gave good accounts Art Pollard's life and the auto races he competed in; with inclusion of race summaries and some bio info of Pollard's competitors/friends during his career.
It's astounding to think that Pollard rose through the ranks of short-track super-modifies, to end up driving the most advanced open-wheel oval track race car of its era, the STP Lotus-56 Turbine, in the 1968 USAC Champ Car season. There have been more men that have walked on the moon than have competitively raced an open-wheel gas turbine race car in major motorsport race series.
Pollard followed up the 1968 season with competitively driving Champ cars for two victories in 1969; one in a naturally aspirated powered racer, which was an extremely rare accomplishment during that turbocharged-engine era of Champ Car racing.
There were some inconsistencies and an error or two with some race results; but Kehoe himself wrote a postscript, in the book, to point out he could be faulted with a few shortcomings with the finished product. For an author to make such an admission is admirable, which did well to neutralize me with belaboring those scant aspects in the book.
Overall, the book is a great read!