Indy: The Race and Ritual of the Indianapolis 500 Terry Reed

ISBN: 9781574889079

Published: March 1st 2005

Paperback

258 pages


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Indy: The Race and Ritual of the Indianapolis 500  by  Terry Reed

Indy: The Race and Ritual of the Indianapolis 500 by Terry Reed
March 1st 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 258 pages | ISBN: 9781574889079 | 4.23 Mb

In a nation that worships the automobile for the freedom, style, and status that it confers, the Indianapolis 500, run on or near Memorial Day eighty-seven times, is an annual rite of passage celebrating Americans love affair with speed.Indy recountsMoreIn a nation that worships the automobile for the freedom, style, and status that it confers, the Indianapolis 500, run on or near Memorial Day eighty-seven times, is an annual rite of passage celebrating Americans love affair with speed.Indy recounts the drivers (677 men and 3 women) who have gone to Indianapolis in the past ninety-five years to live their dreams, staking their lives on the outcome.

It highlights the faces in the crowd: hardworking Americans, tinhorn celebrities, hookers, movie stars, gate-crashers, and five American presidents. Terry Reed focuses his narrative on the track s four quarter-mile-long turns, each the site of triumphs (including those of such multiple winners as Billy Vukovich, A. J. Foyt, and Helio Castroneves)- grisly deaths (at least sixty-six, including three unrelated men of the same unusual last name who died in the same turn but in different decades)- and bizarre heroics (like the sans souci French driver who downed champagne throughout the 1913 Indy 500 and still won).

Reed also examines Indy s confluence of racing and aeronautics (World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker once owned the track) and the impact upon the event of such forces as segregation, gender politics, food, fads, publicity stunts, world-class partying, and tasteless pop culture.Indy takes readers on an entertaining, full-throttle ride through the history of one of the world s most famous races and one of America s most hallowed rituals.

It is the definitive account of the crown jewel of American motorsports.



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