That will be the third presentation of Mike's book, Don...
The first is at the Amelia Island Concours on March 9-12. Then there will be a book signing at Sebring's 12-hour race the following week.
That will be most appropriate, for it will be forty years that meeting since Walt's last race... he finished second with Mark Donohue in a 7-litre Ford. Sebring was also among his first serious race outings, he having driven there from New Jersey in 1952 in an MG TD with his friend Randy Pearsall.
Walt then went on to drive in every 12-hour at Sebring until his final race.
They finished tenth and drove the car home again... a 2000 mile round trip plus the race. Compare that to the assembly of people from Holman & Moody and Ford generally, a veritable armada, to get the monster Ford through the race in 1966!
The title of the book is, as Don has recorded, Walt Hansgen - His life and the History of Post-War American Road Racing
With Walt having raced at Bridgehampton in 1951 and then to race on through to that great sports car era of the sixties, it certainly covers a period of development, exciting racing and times very different to today. Which is kind of what it says in this part of the Amazon review
The 1950s and 1960s were a time of tremendous change in racing. In this exciting, fast-paced biography author Michael Argetsinger shows how Walt’s life encompassed the conflict between amateur and professional racing, the extraordinary advances in technology, and the joyful ambition of his era. The result is a vivid account of the remarkable history of post-war American road racing.
I know that Mike has virtually lived and breathed this book for the past few years. It's the achievement of something very important to him, I'm sure most here would echo his sentiments.
I don't think there would be many people more qualified to complete this 400-page testimony to a great driver and a great era...