With superb mechanical ability, Andy
became a shrewd innovator and a good judge of character
when it came to finding a driver to do well in the cars
he fielded. When he teamed up with Wally Stokes for
the 1948 racing season, the two became the scourge of
the sprints, winning 27 feature races on tracks all
over the East. After Wally's untimely death in a road
accident, Andy went to work for Pete Salemi's Cleveland-based
Central Excavating Team, contesting the National Championship
and the Indianapolis 500.
In a book that captures the essence of American dirt
track racing, Tom Saal's skillful interviews with Andy
Dunlop bring out the highs and lows of the amazing life
of a chief mechanic on the championship trail in the
Fifties and Sixties. Time and again he matched his skills
with some of the best mechanics and teams of the day.
More than fifty drivers earned rides in Andy's cars,
including five Indianapolis winners and National champions.
Yet as the title implies, his vocation had its darker
side. Although only one man died while driving for him,
a good many friends and acquaintances lost their lives
at the wheel during the course of his career.
From his stories, one also senses the
remarkable mechanical skill and inventiveness he brought
to his team and pitted against his competition.
With his no-nonsense style, Andy gives us a rare insight
into a life at the pinnacle of American oval track racing:
its frustrations, moments of glory and unforgiving danger.
This is a true testament to Andy Dunlop and the others
who lived and sometimes died on the edge, preparing
cars and driving them to the limit.