Tommy Hinnershitz. the Life and Times of an Auto-Racing Legend
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Many have called him the greatest dirt-track Sprint car driver of all time. This exciting biography of Tommy Hinnershitz, by veteran writer Gary Ludwig, is a superb account of the life and times of this racecar driver who became an auto-racing legend. This beautifully printed hardcover book is a fascinating history of the Sprint car, telling how it evolved, beginning during the first few years of the 1900s, to become the true American race car. You’ll read about the drivers, mechanics, owners, and promoters who spent their American ingenuity and willpower to invent, innovate, and engineer the development of the automobile through high speed rough and tough competition. You’ll learn about the early champions, including Ted Horn, Joie Chitwood, Jimmy Bryan, Johnny Thomson, and many more, who were Hinnershitz’s rivals during his career that began in 1928 and spanned five decades. Racing and winning on the dusty dirt horsetracks at state and county fairs across America earned him a chance to race in the Indianapolis 500.He was there at the beginning, one of a handful of daredevil athletes, the champions who invented the broadslide; going in low and coming off high, or vice versa. After leading the way, setting the pace, and developing the syle, Hinnershitz set himself apart from all the others; he went in high and stayed there.This history of his life and amazing career includes over 20 pages of photographs and his complete race by race career statistics. This first ediion book is a treasured collector’s item for thousands of Hinnershitz’s fans.For the modern race fan this book serves as a catalyst for a better understanding of the men who had to overcome awesome obstacles to achieve success during the early years of auto-racing. Hinnershitz raced during an era without safety equipment or concerns. It was before seat belts, roll-bars and cages. He and his contemporaries seemed to embrace a greater lack of fear, adopting the adage that tragedy can’t happen to them, only to the “other guy.” Because of this lack of safety equipment and much less sophisticated racecars, many drivers died young. Tommy Hinnershitz was there through it all, and he was one of those that survived. He was a true pioneer of American auto-racing. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, and honored by numerous other organizations.