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  • Paperback: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: Carbon Press; 2 Slp edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971146934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971146938
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By "BugSmasher" on Feb. 19 2014
Format: Paperback
"NO HOLDS BARRED" might better phrase Smokey. If you are a racer, car builder, mechanic, whatever, you're sure to find this read very entertaining ! In fact I'm sure you will learn a few things ! Really this is "Smokey's" life story from beginning to end. Smokey does get his points across just as if he's your Uncle or good friend just sit'n back on the porch pass'n the time on a nice day. In my circle of friends way back when we would hear a rumour of something the man had pulled off in racing which was aptly put by Richard Petty as just try'n a bit harder.A little of that:"Well they didn't say you couldn't do that in the Rule Book" is exposed. A little spicy language here & there with just a dose of what some could label "Offensive" to get a point across or understood. AND, "Expose",he does probably to the dismay of certain people.The man was an absolute genius in many ways & you'll learn about it right here. I stopped telling people of some of his "Try'n Harder" secrets as they would look at me like I was crazy but a few of those secrets are right here in this read with a lot of great B&W photos from his personal collection.Tragedy,love,comedy,war,racing,the man's life & career are all here brought to you in only the manner one man could tell it - "Smokey Yunick" Definitely "FIVE STARS" !
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Smokey tells it just like he sees it. No political correctness here. If he thinks something stinks, he says so. He has no love lost for Bill France and company, but respects many others.
His writing style is straight to the point, amusing and raw. But it's the way he sees things...and he repeats that point...that it's just his opinion and urges the reader to make up their own mind.
I highly recommend this set. And I salute you, Smokey.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Worth every dollar and every minute Jan. 25 2006
By JSR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Simply put this is one of the best books about racing I have ever read. Smokey's stories are entertaining, hilarious, and insightful. His kind will not be by this way again! If you like racing of any kind, this book is a must read. It is well worth both the time and the money.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Tellin it like it is Nov. 7 2003
By Ray the Rat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Smokey tells it just like he sees it. No political correctness here. If he thinks something stinks, he says so. He has no love lost for Bill France and company, but respects many others.
His writing style is straight to the point, amusing and raw. But it's the way he sees things...and he repeats that point...that it's just his opinion and urges the reader to make up their own mind.
I highly recommend this set. And I salute you, Smokey.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Know Racing. Know Smokey! Oct. 30 2003
By J. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Smokey Yunick, as many know, was a no non-sense guy who not only loved and lived cars and racing - he WAS cars and racing.
Whether you were a backyard teen-mechanic from the 60's, or a professional mechanic or racer, your entire life was -and still is- influenced by Henry "Smokey" Yunick.
I never met Smokey, but because of my older brother's avid passion as a mechanic and certified 'car nut', I heard all about him for years.
My brother told me about the book: hinting real hard that, "..he'd love to have it!" So, I hustled a copy of this book for my own reading from a 'grease monkey' friend. After only the first brief review, I knew this would truly be a life-time gift for my brother.
He loves it! Reading this tome on the history of the 'gas engine racing legend': Smokey Yunick; especially because it's in Smokey's own writing and words; is a treasure to him. Every week he thanks me for the gift.
Get the book - before you can't find it. It's not cheap now .. and will only get more expensive with time. The really good stuff does this, you know!
This is an heirloom - not just a book. Even if you're not 'into reading' a 'typical book' .. this is like picking up the ultimate Chilton's! You won't be able to put it down. And besides, with this book you'll learn more than you've already forgotten!
Enjoy !!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thinking outside the box Feb. 28 2003
By Clinton E. Roush - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't let Smokey's style of storytelling stop you. When you finish all three volumes you will have probed the mind of a true hero. I wish Smokey had written this book sooner. I met Smokey, at Indy, in the early 90's. Today I would have much more to talk to him about. Smokey was the example of "Thinking outside the box"
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best Damn Book To Have In Your Racing Collection Jan. 15 2003
By Ellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When Smoke said he'd tell like it is, he didn't lie! The history lesson he gives you is worth its weight in gold.There is so much to learn and appreciate from his book. He was a unique man, with a colorful history and not just in racing. I have attended numerous lectures and roundtable discussions he held at the annual PRI shows, they were always one of my favorite things to go to. Only way to desribe Smokey in my book is, he was one smart cat! Whether some of his "Associates" will admit it or not, they will definetly miss his insight,his wisdom, and his courage to step over the line. Thank You Smokey for All That You Have Done.

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