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Sports Car Road Racing in Western Canada [Hardcover]

Tom Johnston

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Book Description

May 15 2004 1894694198 978-1894694193
Motor sport is the biggest sport in the world and one of the most expensive entertainment undertakings ever devised by man. This book, compiled by a man who has been involved in professional and amateur racing for over 40 years, is an invaluable historical study of sports car road racing in Western Canada. The book principally covers the post World War II period but also reaches back to the first road race in Canadian history, at Winnipeg, in 1904 and forward to the Vancouver Molson Indy event one hundred years later.

After racing at more than 50 facilities all over North America, Tom Johnston visited all of the Western Canadian active or abandoned road racing tracks that ever hosted events and also investigated numerous failed attempts to build more. Highlights of this book include the unlikely legacy of the large number of wartime training airports that became race tracks and a detailed look at the long tradition of amateur home built "specials" including several he built himself. He also treats us to amusing and insightful first-hand anecdotes from the colourful world of road racing.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Granville Island Publishing (May 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894694198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894694193
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #774,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars road racing at its best April 22 2008
By M.H. Gaumond - Published on Amazon.com
This is the definitive book on motor sport in Western Canada and is a must read for anyone who has been involved or is in any way interested in the sport.
Tom Johnston, an engineer by training, spent nearly fifty years racing at most of the circuits he documents. He displays a thorough knowledge of the sport and the people involved. In 1998 he was inducted into the Canadian Mortorsport Hall of Fame.
Of particular interest is the author's personal chronicle of his own racing, from his first Austin Healey Sprite and then a Lola imported from England in the 1960s to the cars he built and raced and the cars he continues to race. This personal account adds a dimension that brings the book alive. His anecdotes and ever presen sense of humour keep the reader turning the pages.
I highly recommend this book.
M. H. Gaumond

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