The ultimate international automotive
racing reference book has now been published. It is
an opportunity to expand on your current interest into
all aspects of auto and motorcycle racing or to magnify
the knowledge of your favorite racing subjects. While
most racing books are oriented on a particular race
track, a winning driver or car, you now have the ability
to connect all of these facets of racing together to
expose the big picture.
This book is intended both as a tool for serious research
in the field of automotive racing history and as a volume
to be enjoyed by the racing enthusiast. Listings of
the location, date and winner of every major automobile
race and many other minor races are included. Each page
shows the date of the race, the race title, the track,
the number of laps, the distance in miles, the winner's
time, the average miles per hour and the winning speed.
All races which were part of a particular championship
series are marked with an asterisk.
The book is divided into nine sections. They are 1)
Grand Prix - Formula 1 races, 2) American Championship
races, 3) Major races held to various national rules
such as the Tasman Championship, Australian Gold Star,
New Zealand Gold Star, South African Drivers Championship,
South American Formula Libre races and North American
and British events held in Formula 5000 and other specifications,
4) Formula races of secondary importance such as voiturettes,
Formula 2, Formula 3000, GP2, ARS, Indy Lights and various
European, Japanese and other Asian events, 5) More formula
races of secondary importance such as Formula B, Formula
Atlantic-Pacific, 6) Sports cars, 7) Stock cars, 8)
Trans-Am, IROC and touring cars and 9) Motorcycles.
Several categories, particularly international Formula
Junior, Formula 3, sprint cars and midget records are
not included. The multitude of these less significant
races would easily quadruple the size of this book and
the records are difficult to obtain.
In brief, O'Keefe has compiled over 570 pages from 40
years of research to present the basic facts of over
22,000 races throughout the world. The book is illustrated
and complete with a bibliography of books, periodicals,
newspapers and a very helpful list of web sites useful
for historical content and current races. The index,
while most useful, will soon be supplemented by a DVD
available through the publisher.