Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Neal Thompson, Buz Mckim, Native Intelligence: Audible Audiobooks Prime – Carcier.co

Some nice insights, nice to follow the journey of discovery with Neal Decent depiction and reasonably written Great book Gives a good introduction to the whole area of NASCAR racing This book had me hooked from the opening pages So much than a book about the origins of a sport, this is the story of many peoples lives Red Vogt, Bill France, Raymond Parks, Red Byron, Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall and others and how they intertwined The backdrop is the Southern inferiority complex and identity of a region who like to thumb their nose at Yankee rules As an English NASCAR fanatic I lapped it all up but I am sure that anybody with an interest in motor sport, and or US history will love this The fascinating story of how Bill France or less stole the sport right from under the noses of all the founders and made it a dictatorship, and then went on to kick all of the whiskey bootleggers out and write a different history for future consumption is just amazing Then the irony of him spending his final days riddled with Alzheimers telephoning all of the old cronies to talk about cars and racing is touching I am now going on to read his book about Alan Shephard and I don t have any interest in spaceflight BRILLIANT Moonshiners put time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will Lose on the track and you go home Lose with a load of whiskey and you go to jail Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend and one time whiskey runner Today s NASCAR is a family sport withmillion loyal fans, which is growing bigger and mainstream by the day Part Disney, part Vegas, part Barnum Bailey, NASCAR is also a multibillion dollar business and a cultural phenomenon that transcends geography, class, and gender But dark secrets lurk in NASCAR s past Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR s distant, moonshine fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it Long before the sport of stock car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life With few options beyond the farm or factory, the best chance of escape was running moonshine Bootlegging offered speed, adventure, and wads of cash if the drivers survived Driving with the Devil is the story of bootleggers whose empires grew during Prohibition and continued to thrive well after Repeal, and of drivers who thundered down dusty back roads with moonshine deliveries, deftly outrunning federal agents The car of choice was the Ford V , the hottest car of the s, and ace mechanics tinkered with them until they could fly across mountain roads atmiles an hour After fighting in World War II, moonshiners transferred their skills to the rough, red dirt racetracks of Dixie, and a national sport was born In this dynamic era s and s , three men with a passion for Ford V s convicted criminal Ray Parks, foul mouthed mechanic Red Vogt, and crippled war veteran Red Byron, NASCAR s first champion emerged as the first stock car team Theirs is the violent, poignant story of how moonshine and fast cars merged to create a new sport for the South to call its own Driving with the Devil is a fascinating look at the well hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock car racing NASCAR histories will tell you who led every lap of every race since the first official race inDriving with the Devil goes deeper to bring you the excitement, passion, crime, and death defying feats of the wild, early days that NASCAR has carefully hidden from public view In the tradition of Laura Hillenbrand s Seabiscuit, this tale not only reveals a bygone era of a beloved sport, but also the character of the country at a moment in time