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Suggested motor sports reading

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by enigami, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. enigami

    enigami Member

    To those with knowledge:

    I'm about to step in to a motor sports beat at a daily for the first time. I like covering motors OK (I'd put it in my top 5) but I don't have the passion of a junkie. I want the passion of a junkie or, failing that, the passion necessary to keep the junkies reading to the end of my story.

    Literature usually gets my engines burning (pun intended). Are there any good/required racing books out there that would get me on the inside of the sport looking out?
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

  3. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Which corner of the sport? NASCAR? IRL / Champ Car? Drag racing? Each has its better reads.
  4. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    What Moddy said.
  5. Ed_Hardin

    Ed_Hardin New Member

    Just go to the track and be a sportswriter.
  6. enigami

    enigami Member

    It'll be mostly NASCAR and drags.
  7. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't suggest covering NASCAR in drag.
  8. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    "The Hot Rod: Resurrection of a Legend," by Brock Yates, goes a long way toward explaining car culture in general. "Daytona: From the Birth of Speed to the Death of the Man in Black," by Ed Hinton, is exceptional on NASCAR.
  9. DGRollins

    DGRollins Member

    Yep. That's the one.

    Everyone should read it, actually.
  10. Rich Griffis

    Rich Griffis Member

    This is not really a NASCAR book, but it is a great read from the long-time publisher of National Speed Sport News

    Let 'Em All Go!
    By Chris Economaki with Dave Argabright
  11. floridasun

    floridasun Member

    Get a sub to NASCAR Scene
  12. Mira

    Mira Member

    Peter Golenbock has written two good books on NASCAR:

    American Zoom
    Last Lap, The Lives and Times of NASCAR's Legendary Heroes

    I second the suggestion to read Scene. Jeff Owens and Rhea White are excellent writers.
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