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Profusely illustrated with more than 330 photos (over half of them in color), this book is sure to become a classic among Indy racing fans. --CarTech Books

Tired of spec cars? This great new books if for you. Extensive coverage of the Brickyard from 1961 thru 1971. It started innocently enough when Jack Brabham brought over a rear engined Cooper Climax, intensified with Colin Chapman's nimble little Lotus 2 yearsf later, then went completely bonkers with Andy Granatelli's turbine cars. Drivers turned manufacturers Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones and Bruce McLaren brought their new designs and a fellow named Penske came on the scene. Great photos! --The Motorsport Collector

Subtitled Innovation and Revolution at the Brickyard, this lavishly illustrated book tells the story of Indycars in the 1960s. At the start of the decade they were all front engined roadsters, then Jack Brabham turned up with that funny little Cooper and within 10 years, race goers were seeing turbo-charged winged monsters. Along the way there were plenty of interesting experiments with gas turbines, 4-wheel drive, and twin engines. Most of the more extreme machines are featured in some detail with plenty of photos. Although the majority of the book is dedicated to the '60s, the early chapters prove that nothing ever new and highlight the more innovative machines from earlier decades. A fascinating read and valuable library addition. --Four Small Wheels

About the Author

Alex Gabbard is a well established automotive historian with hundreds of magazine features and 17 published books to date, three of his books receiving "Book of the Year" recognition in International competition. In addition to lifetime interests in auto racing, the author is a mechanical engineer and career physicist at a National Laboratory.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CarTech Books; 1st edition (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884089712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884089718
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent summary of the great period of racing at Indianapolis, when the transition from front engine roadsters to
rear engine creations took place. I still recall the 1961 "500" when Jack Brabham, with his rear engine Cooper competed against the roadsters and finished a very respectable seventh, although his car was significantly underpowered, but its advantage was superior handling characteristics. This event and many others from this era are detailed in this book which is very complete with excellent photography and text.
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Excellent coverage of the waning yet most prolific years of creativity at the 500. The apparent passing of the indomitable Offy to Ford and the 4-banger's turbo reincarnation. The transition from and the last hurrah of the roadsters as they succumb to the rear engine revolution ushered in by the Cooper-Brabham & Lotus. Early NASCAR names and dragracers try their hand with innovation. Granatelli brings the roar of the Novi the futuristic whine of the underhandedly outlawed turbine and finally get his Indy win with a Ford to close in 1969. Well covered in photos and detailed text.
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If your a fan of the Indy 500, and or Indy/Champ cars in general, then I highly recommend this book. This was the age of innovation, with basically only a few rules. The out of the box thinking on some of these cars is just incredible & the less money the team had, the more outrageous the solutions to get any type of advantage! Great book
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I recommend this great book if you are an Indy racing enthusiast. The more I get into it the more interesting it becomes. I have seen and read many books on the history of Indianapolis racing cars. While I first thought from the title and descriptions that it was about the 60's, on cracking it open it became apparant that it reviews many decades of innovation at Indy. What is also unique is that, although other books have covered these Indy eras, this one bring new pictures, annecdotes and some spin that brings new perspective to a subject that has been covered before in other titles. What is also apparant is that there probably exists even more material for even more indepth review of any of the eras presented; in particular not only the famous vehicle and engine designs that were successful, but also the more novel ones founded on apparantly sound principles(at least to their designers and supporters) that were never able to realise their supposed potential.
What it really brings to life however is a different time when "the cars were the stars", when innovation and trying different solutions was part of the competition. It was a much different time than the current era of limited technology in chassis and secret leased engine designs.
Lets hope that perhaps Indy might exercise some vision as it moves into its next engine formula to rekindle automotive creativity in racing that can be shared and appreciated by racing enthusiasts. How about Hybrid methanol/electric powered racing cars?
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Thanks to a Inter-Library Loan I was able to check out the book first,It is a great read and Would compliment Dave Friedman's Indy Car Pictorial(Although Gabbard's Has more Photos/Coverage of Cars I am more interested in That Are not Ford Powered,Such as The ROLLERSKATE Chevy-powered cars,Thompson Buick,Thompson Chevy,Sadly There is no SDP ROADSTER CHEVY IN this one Either)Great photos,color and b&w,great reading of a bygone era especially for those who weren't around then. I only wish There was A Chevy At Indy/GM at Indy Book.
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