Ultimate Stock Car
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Ultimate Stock Car is a treasury of dramatic racing images, cutaways of engines and frames, team highlights, track maps, and profiles of legendary stock car heroes. It traces the history of stock car racing and the evolution of stock cars from the early days when hot rods ran on rutted dirt tracks to today's of high-performance machines racing on the steeply-banked turns of superspeedways. Ultimate Stock Car is the story of men and their racing machines. It celebrates the ever-growing popularity of stock car racing. A lavishly illustrated history beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 21st century, it showcases the various makes and models of stock cars and trucks, including the evolution of engines, chassis, race tracks, and safety features. The main body of the book is a photographic gallery of stock cars: flathead Fords, Cadillacs, Lincolns, Mercurys, Buicks, Pontiacs, Dodges, Plymouths, Chryslers, Oldsmobiles, and Chevrolets -- including vintage cars like the Hudson Hornet and Nash Rambler. This chronological gallery, covering more than ninety years of stock racing, includes spectacular flashbacks to fabled races held at places like the Beach-Road course at Daytona Beach, Martinsville, Talladega, and Darlington. The story of stock car racing is one of drivers, mechanics, and promoters who invented a sport out of their love for speed and their passion for tinkering with machines. This section profiles 100 of the pioneers and present-day heroes of the sport, and features many photos of these legends of racing.