Classic Driver - - HOLMAN -

David Tom. Pub­lished by Car Tech 2013. Re­viewer’s own copy. Sub-ti­tled Road Rac­ing Mus­cle from GM, Ford, Chrysler and AMC, this ex­cel­lent book cov­ers the glory days of the Trans-Am race se­ries that, for a few sea­sons, pit­ted works teams against pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur en­trants at cir­cuits around the USA, and left some in­deli­ble mem­o­ries.

David Tom is well placed to write such a book, hav­ing ‘dis­cov­ered’ and owned at least ten cars that raced in the se­ries. For each rac­ing year there’s a good mix­ture of tech­ni­cal de­tail, the lengths teams went to (of­ten suc­cess­fully!) to out­wit the scru­ti­neers, race re­ports, and rec­ol­lec­tions of driv­ers, own­ers and clever en­gi­neers like Bud Moore. Fac­to­ries came in and out of the se­ries and for a while it was the per­fect il­lus­tra­tion of ‘Win on Sun­day, Sell on Mon­day’ – with Ca­maros, Mus­tangs, Cougars, Chal­lengers, Javelins and more of­fer­ing sight, sound and colour. But by the early ’70s most of that sup­port had gone and the se­ries wound down. But Tom brings it to life, and ends with a few pages on find­ing and restor­ing the cars and his­toric race events for them in the U.S.

Sup­ple­mented by plenty of good pho­tos, this is a great way to re­mem­ber a clas­sic pe­riod of rac­ing. And aren’t we for­tu­nate in New Zealand to have such a grow­ing fol­low­ing for spec­tac­u­lar cars like these?

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