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TWO OF DRAG RACING’S MOST ILLUSTRIOUS JOUR­NAL­ISTS, BOB MCCLURG AND STEVE REYES, HAVE BROUGHT US SU­PERB BOOKS COUR­TESY OF CARTECH.

McClurg’s tome is The His­tory of AMC Mo­tor­sports Trans-Am, Quar­ter-Mile, NASCAR, Bon­neville and More. It’s the first book pub­lished about the rich his­tory of AMC racing.

When con­tem­plat­ing fac­tory racing in­volve­ment, AMC doesn’t im­me­di­ately come to mind. Yet from the begin­ning of Amer­i­can mo­tor­sports, the com­pa­nies that be­came AMC were se­ri­ously com­mit­ted.

Vet­eran racing jour­nal­ist McClurg cov­ers it all, from Nash– Amer­i­can Motors’ cor­po­rate his­tory, the first years of NASCAR, the ’60s ef­forts in­clud­ing Trans-Am and drag racing Su­per Stock pro­grams to the Craig Breedlove land speed record ef­forts. Not to men­tion, the ’70s Trans-Am cham­pi­onships with Don­ahue and Penske, and fi­nally the NASCAR suc­cess with Bobby Allison.

The 204-page hard­cover his­tory fea­tures 292 color and black-and­white photos.

Steve Reyes’ con­tri­bu­tion is Top Fuel Drag­sters Drag Racing’s Rear-En­gine Rev­o­lu­tion. This is the first time the leg­endary pho­tog has ded­i­cated a book strictly to this class and era.

In the early ’70s, Top Fuel­ers, the kings of the sport, were about to be de­throned by the up­start Funny Car con­tin­gent. Ad­di­tion­ally, the front-motor sling­shots were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing es­ca­lat­ing car­nage cul­mi­nat­ing in

Don Gar­l­its’ cat­a­strophic clutch ex­plo­sion. His re­sult­ing mas­tery of the rear-en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion sparked a rev­o­lu­tion in T/F tech­nol­ogy.

The re­sult­ing wave of new con­struc­tion al­lowed Top Fuel­ers to re­tain their throne. Reyes wit­nessed this ex­plo­sive pe­riod and has chron­i­cled the ex­cite­ment in photos and words. This 176-page soft­cover work con­tains 300 of his vivid color photos.

Th­ese books can be or­dered by call­ing CarTech at 800.551.4754, or by vis­it­ing Cartech­books.com. They can also be found at ma­jor au­to­mo­tive whole­salers and re­tail­ers, on Ama­zon.com and at Barnes & Noble Book­stores.

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