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Long Kiss Paperback – February 22, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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