Tuesday, 14 December 2010

BRITS AT INDY ON SALE IN INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SOUVENIR SHOP

Wagstaff (left) Davidson (right)

The British at Indianapolis went on sale in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s souvenir shops during December. Some of these are open all year round and are situated at the entrance to the track’s popular museum as well as the Indianapolis International Airport.

Author, Ian Wagstaff was present at the time to report on the Indianapolis Motorsport Industry Show for Racecar Engineering magazine and to visit many of his contacts. He took the opportunity to meet up with the Speedway’s legendary historian, British-born Donald Davidson (right) who had been a tremendous help to him in his research for the book. The pair called into the shops and Ian took time to sign some copies.

A history of the British influence on the Indianapolis 500, including not only the drivers and cars, but the many others – mechanics, designers, and officials – who have been involved. The story is set out in a series of stand-alone chapters, with a wide variety of informative sidebars, and goes back 100 years to the early days of the race, through the British-led, rear-engined revolution of the 1960s to the present day. More info.