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INDY's Wildest Decade Hardcover – September 15, 2004
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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
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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.
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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Good reference book filled with hard to find photos and facts not seen in most other books covering this subject.Published 22 months ago by William
I love automotive technology, especially special cars are like race cars. This book takes us in detail the history of technological development of the Indy cars, which feeds the... Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Manoel Carlos Neto
THE INTRODUCTION WITH THE HISTORY OF THE PREVIOUS DECADES IS VERY GOOD IDEA. THE WILDEST DECADE (60'S) IS VERY DETAILED REGARDING THE EVOLUTION OF THE IDEAS, DESIGNS, TECHNOLOGY &... Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by SS
Being a long time Indy car fan, I was hopeful that this book would let me re-live my memories of Indy's most innovative decade. Overall, it did. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by M. A. Cross