The Sources

Just a spot to review good motorsport history books, websites, and articles.

Power and Glory

Court, William E. Power and Glory: The History of Grand Prix Motor Racing. Vol. 1. Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire, England: P. Stephens, 1988.

A classic, thorough summary of the entirety of early motorsport history.  A word of caution, this authoritative text can be difficult to access for those unfamiliar with motorsport history.  This is because the author assumes the reader is already somewhat familiar with the subject.  Nevertheless, this text expertly summarizes a dense topic.

Encyclopedia of Auto Racing Greats

Cutter, Robert, and Bob Fendell. The Encyclopedia of Auto Racing Greats,. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1974.

A critical source for any serious student of motorsport history.  This book provides some 550 entires of major figures in motorsport.  With some emphasis on American motorsport, the work is generally accurate.  It is an essential reference for any serious student of motorsport history.

Ken Purdy’s Book of Automobiles

Purdy, Ken W. Ken Purdy’s Book of Automobiles. 1st ed. Chicago, IL: Playboy Press, 1972.

Ken Purdy was once called the “dean of American motoring writers.”  Check out this affordable anthology for quality prose covering a range of topics.  The quick stories contained in this book are presented with the reader in  mind.

The Kings of the Road

Purdy, Ken W. The Kings of the Road. 1st ed. London: Hutchinson, 1955.

Another Purdy anthology.  This compilation, along with Ken Purdy’s Book of Automobiles are worth picking up as they are both affordable and extremely enjoyable to read.  Non-technical, the stories are character and event-driven.  

Saga of the Roaring Road

Wagner, Fred, Saga of the Roaring Road: A Story of Early Auto Racing in America, 3d ed. Clymer, 1949.

An account of early American motorsport from the “Dean of Race Starters.” Wagner not only officiated races in the first 30 years of American motorsport, but also interfaced between the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the racing fraternity.  Lacking in factual correctness, the book accurately describes the excitement of the early days of racing.