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Driving with the devil : southern moonshine, Detroit wheels, and the birth of NASCAR

Author: Neal Thompson
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Describes the origins of NASCAR racing in the world of Southern moonshiners, who used fast Ford cars to transport bootleg alcohol during the Depression and who transformed their driving skills to the Dixie racetracks in the aftermath of World War II.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neal Thompson
ISBN: 9781400082261 1400082269
OCLC Number: 148997381
Notes: Originally published in hardcover by Crown Publishers, 2006.
Description: xii, 411 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: NASCAR is no longer a southern sport --
White lightning --
Henry Ford created a monster --
The bootlegger turn --
An orgy of dust, liquor and noise --
All the women screamin' Roy Hall --
Yesterday his luck ran out --
Miraculous death escape --
Body bags and B-24 bombers --
It's too late now to bring this crowd under control --
Henry Ford is dead --
Next thing we know, NASCAR belongs to Bill France --
Racing car plunges into throng --
An ambience of death --
The first race, a bootlegger, and a disqualification --
It's not cheating if you don't get caught --
No way a Plymouth can beat a Cadillac. No way --
NASCAR is here to stay: like sex, the atom bomb and ice cream --
I had to start making a living --
Epilogue: This is what NASCAR has become.
Responsibility: Neal Thompson.

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Offering an fascinating look at the well-hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock-car racing, Thompson reveals the dramatic, untold story of Southern moonshiners, their Ford  Read more...

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"Thompson exhumes the sport's Prohibition-era roots in this colorful, meticulously detailed history."-Time Magazine "Here's the real story, not just of NASCAR, but of the new South that emerged from Read more...

 
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