Indianapolis Racing Cars of Frank Kurtis

1941-1963 Photo Archive

Indianapolis Racing Cars of Frank Kurtis
$29.95
Author:
Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781583880265
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
Buy from an Online Retailer
US:
            
CA:
      
AU:
   

Description

The definitive book on Kurtis championship cars, showcasing all 111 full-size ''champ'' cars that Frank Kurtis built between 1941 and 1963. Most of these cars were built specifically to race at Indianapolis. In fact, Kurtis' cars won the Indianapolis 500 five years out of six (1950-1955), and dominated the starting field from 1950 through 1958. Kurtis pioneered the ''roadster'' design, in which the engine was offset in the car, allowing the driver to sit much lower, reducing the height of the car and thus wind resistance. Roadsters were the last front-engine cars before the 1965 rear-engine revolution, and they are remembered with much nostalgia. Also see engineering drawings of the cars as well as dramatic starting field photos and crash photos. An appendix detailing car and engine serial numbers will add to your enjoyment.

The author

Gordon Eliot White has been a racing fan, reporter, crewmember, driver, owner and historian for sixty years, since his father took him to see a race in 1939. He was a legman for racing broadcaster Ted Webbe in the 1940s, contributed to Illustrated Speedway News, and worked as a crewmember for his neighbor, Bill Schindler. He spent a career as a journalist, during which he won numerous journalism awards. Since he retired from newspaper work in 1988, he has served as Auto Racing Advisor at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History. White serves on the advisory board of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and has served on committees of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. White published the definitive book Offenhauser, the Legendary American Racing Engine and the Men Who Built it in 1996. He has written numerous articles on racing, maritime and aeronautical subjects.

Reader reviews

Specs

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781583880265
Illustrations: B&W Ill: 120
Size: 10.25 in x 8.5 in x 0.375 in / 260.35 mm x 215.9 mm x 9.525 mm
Published:

You might also be interested in

Triumph Motorcycles: How the West was Won
Nearly every motorcycle nut knows that Triumphs are the most famous bikes to ever come out of Great Britain. However, they also have an extensive history in North America and have been part of that continent’s motorcycling soul since long before World War II. From Triumph Motorcycles in America is an interesting tale of how the first Triumph ...
Read More >
Valentino Rossi Through the Years
In his home country of Italy Valentino Rossi is treated like a rock star. In the MotoGP record books, he goes down as one of the greatest motorcycle road racers of all-time. Amongst all of that is a colorful life filled with all sorts of racing machinery, rivalries, victories, as well as some lean times ...
Read More >
1912 Bugatti 5-Liter
In the early days of auto making, more powerful cars usually meant considerably more weight. From his base in Molsheim, France, Ettore Bugatti set out to make a trimmed-down performance car to stop the trend. To prove his point, the car was let loose on the race track where it fulfilled its destiny as a winner. ...
Read More >
See More Posts