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#1 Jim Dillon

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 16:58

Not sure if this is the proper place to post this but I received my copy of Robert Dick's new book entitled "Auto Racing in the Shadow of the Great War" that deals with the cars on American Speedways, 1915-1922. Of course I have not read it yet but perused it and it looks to be well researched and well written. Kudos for all of the hard work to Robert.

 

Also Jim O'Keefe and Sarah Morgan-Wu finished their work entitled Peugeot L45-01 on the Peugeot that was raced by Lutcher Brown, then by the Book Brothers (De Palma Manufacturing Co) then it ended up in the Lindley Bothwell Collection before selling in the last few years for quite a tidy sum. Kudos as well to Jim and Sarah.

 

Many of us can appreciate all of the hard work that goes into documenting this great era. Thanks to both.

 

 



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#2 Michael Ferner

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 07:49

That's great news! Both books look like must-haves, although I always tought that O'Keefe and Morgan-Wu were working on a complete Peugeot-in-the-US history. Anyway, it should finally settle the unnecessary confusion about the Bothwell Peugeot that was perpetuated for years y interested parties, perhaps even against their own better judgment.

#3 Steve L

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 11:58

Thanks Jim. Is Robert's book illustrated please, and is there a release date for the Peugeot book?

We seem spoiled with books about early racers and makes at the moment? But I am still saving the £$ to buy the new Ballot tome!

#4 Jim Dillon

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 12:05

Michael, Jim and Sarah always seem to be working on great topics from the era which for the guys that appreciate the era is a good deal. Of course Robert seems to be always tackling great topics from the era on both sides of the Atlantic.I agree that it is beneficial to history to try and get the history of the Peugeots' correct. When the article "Resta's Chariot"  came out years ago, I tried to argue to those that listened that it was not Resta's car but the old Brown/Book Peugeot and was a great piece in it's own right (and the 7.2 million dollar sale price seems to reinforce that sentiment IMO).

 

When I spoke years ago to the caretaker of the car, I asked about the whole Resta claim and put in my two cents. I had spoken to Mrs Herbert Book about the car back in the 80s (she actually told me she made the trip to Indy in 1919 with Art Klein as her husband was already at the track with the Detroit Special) and I always felt with it's association with De Palma alone (not to mention others) made it a pretty special piece. There are not too many cars sitting around with that kind of provenance. 

 

Steve there are some pictures in Robert's book and of course a bunch of great text and glossary information. Definitely worth it. As to Jim and Sarah's book it was self published but I can ask about it's availability.


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#5 Steve L

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 12:22

Yes please Jim, I would love a copy of that.

#6 Michael Ferner

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 12:29

Self published? What's up with Racemaker Press??

#7 Jim Dillon

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 18:07

I sent a PM to Michael in that O'Keeke/Morgan-Wu are no longer associated with Racemaker Press but anyone needing to contact them can do so by email. If anyone needs their email or contact info, you send me a PM and I will forward the same to you.