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Riverside International Raceway: A Photographic Tour of the Historic Track, Its Legendary Races, and Unforgettable Drivers (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. März 2015

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“Riverside Raceway and Pete Lyons, I simply cannot think of better combination. In this beautiful book [Lyons] takes his readers on an eye-witness tour though three decades of competition at the iconic Riverside International Raceway … Lyons adds life to the legends and lore of the rocky desert outpost located about 65 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.”
Doug Stokes, LACar.com

"Long a fascination of competition car enthusiasts from around the world, the Riverside International Raceway has never before been the subject of such a comprehensive and enlightened historical review. It would be difficult to imagine a better selection of images integrated with a more engaging story about the creation, heyday, and ultimate demise of the track that has become synonymous with one of the most fondly remembered eras in the history of auto racing in America."
Leslie Mark Kendall
Curator, Petersen Automotive Museum

"It was a great time in my broadcasting career. Riverside International Raceway will always have a warm spot in my heart and this book beautifully brings the Raceway back to life."
Ralph Lawler
Radio-TV Broadcaster, Los Angeles Clippers

Amy’s #NASCAR Reading List: Riverside International Raceway by Pete Lyons
I have the privilege of reviewing yet another beautiful book of historic race photography for you my readers—this book is Riverside International Raceway by Pete Lyons. Riverside International Raceway documents the history of a track now gone (it is now a subdivision) in beautiful pictures and words.

Right from the back dust jacket of the book we are told that even diehard Riverside raceway fans “will admit the environment was usually too hot, sometimes too cold, extremely dry or depressingly wet, often windy and never ever a garden spot” however they still came in droves.

The book details the three decades or so of Riverside Raceway’s life and subsequent death. The desert, the races, the speed. It’s laid out in chapters that detail specifics of the track and the series that ran it including: FIA Formula 1, SCCA Pro Racing, NASCAR, TransAm, Can-AM, USAC, CART Indy Cars, IROC, Off Road (and the list goes on). A sampling of names in the book: Fred Lorenzen, Rick Mears, Geoff Bodine, Emerson Fittipaldi, Terry Labonte, Bobby Rahal, Tom Sneva, AJ Foyt, and native son Dan Gurney (who also wrote the book’s foreword) to name a few grabbed while flipping through the book to remind myself of its contents for review purposes. My favorite part of the book—beyond the photography—is just a little sidebar on page 43 detailing the track’s history in film—being so close yet so far away from Hollywood. The book is chucked full of interesting sidebars—including one on how the track was used for teaching driving (page 74), the Olympic Relay (Page 83). There are so many photos that it’s impossible to pick just one … but perhaps the most poignant picture is the one on page 191—a photo of a piece of the speedway and a Riverside Raceway patch. Gone but obviously not forgotten by this book.

They physical book itself is a heavy duty book, with a gorgeous dust jacket. The book is 204 pages inclusive of the indexes.

Written by Pete Lyons, Riverside International Raceway clearly demonstrates Lyon’s obvious love of motorsports and the time period of Riverside. Pete Lyon’s father, Ozzie Lyons, was the U.S. correspondent to Britain’s Autosport magazine, and often took Pete with him during vacations. It’s that kind of of exposure—from childhood through adulthood—that allows someone like Pete Lyons to cultivate such a gorgeous book.

This book will satisfy the history buffs, the auto racing buffs and the photography buffs. If your father is any one of these? He will love this book for Father’s Day—or any day.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

To author Pete Lyons, childhood vacations meant traveling around the United States in the Rolls Royce owned by his father, Ozzie Lyons, an avid photographer, engineer, writer, editor, travel enthusiast, car restorer, and racing fan. Pete picked up his father’s auto and photojournalistic enthusiasm from a very young age, and gradually covering motorsports became his career.

Pete spent six seasons reporting for Autosport, where he attended events such as the Daytona 24-hour and 500-mile races, the Indy 500, and the Formula One Grand Prix in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He found particular inspiration from the Can-Am Challenge Cup, which inspired three of his ten books.

Later he moved to international races and contributed to a wide variety of automotive publications, including Vintage Racecar, AutoWeek, Racer, Road & Track, Corvette Quarterly, Car and Driver, Vintage Motorsport, Cycle, Cycle World, Private Pilot, and many others. His work has twice been honored with the Dean Batchelor Award from the Motor Press Guild for Excellence in Journalism, plus an Award for Journalism given by the Road Racing Driver’s Club and the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy Award.

Today Pete works writing books and photographing races with his wife, Lorna Fitts Lyons, and taking cross-country flights in their plane from their home in the beautiful mountain community of Big Bear, California.

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HASH(0x96332834) von 5 Sternen Vintage Car Guys' Cornucopia 5. März 2015
Von Stephen Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is the greatest-ever book about America's greatest-ever road-racing course (now plowed under a failing subdivision). Pete Lyons was there during its glory days, and--as he happens to be a great photographer--he captured many of the great moments, most of the great drivers and all of the great cars that raced there: Dan Gurney winning more NASCAR races there than anybody else; Carroll Shelby, whose Cobras dominated sports car racing there for a decade; all-American cars (like Jim Hall's Chaparrals and Max Balchowsky's Old Yeller) that fought off the best cars that Europe could build; World Champion Phil Hill, in whose back yard "The Palace of Speed" was built; America's other World Champion, Mario Andretti, in the star-crossed Honker; sophisticated Can-Am and Formula 1 machines, Trans-Am muscle cars, movie stars Paul Newman and Jim Garner taking turns behind the wheel; off-roader Mickey Thompson; Indy 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Rick Mears and Bobby Unser; beautiful bolides like the D-Type Jag, Ferrari's brutal sports-racing specials, the Scarab-Chevy and the Maserati 450S; cycle-racers like "Steady" Eddie Lawson; drag racing's Don Garlits in his "Swamp Rat"; the all-star Race of Champions...it's all there, captured by Lyons' and 50 other great photographers of the era. Hundreds of beautiful photographs in a large-format, 204-page book. As the then-Editor of Car and Driver magazine, I was there quite a lot myself, and I can promise you this book shows it like it was. (And tells it, too; there's a lot of text and automobilia, like maps, pit passes and race results). Did I mention it's a great book?
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HASH(0x96332c3c) von 5 Sternen the pictures are wonderful, in composition and subject 5. März 2015
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As I would have expected from Pete Lyons, the pictures are wonderful, in composition and subject, just as I had hoped. A tribute to a great track from a great photographer.
I couldn't help but think as I enjoyed every page, that the production or perhaps printing had not done the photos justice. As great as each image is, each one seems a little flat compared to other books featuring photographs and other Peter Lyons published pictures.
I hate to be critical of a book I enjoy, but I suspect even the critical eye of the photographer and author might agree.
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HASH(0x9645a090) von 5 Sternen A legendary author on a legendary track 6. März 2015
Von James Pernikoff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I never made it to Riverside while it was operating, and I regret that, but Pete Lyons' great photo book on the track makes up for that, at least in part. And Pete didn't miss anything; there are even chapters on club racing, motorcycles, drag racing and vintage racing. Dan Gurney writing the Foreword (and one more eloquent and heartfelt than in most books) was a natural choice. While each chapter lists the overall winners of all the races pertinent to the chapter, one might have wished for more complete results tables, but I guess that information can be found elsewhere if one has the time and energy to search.

I actually did visit the shopping mall that was built on part of RIR's property, and it all seemed sacrilegious and unnecessary. I'm amazed that SoCal has not built a significant road course to replace this one; maybe they realized that it would be a tough act to follow! Thank you, Pete Lyons for the memories.
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HASH(0x9645a0a8) von 5 Sternen What a wonderful compilation of racing history 21. März 2015
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What a wonderful compilation of racing history. It is especially great for me as I was able to experience the track from its early days and have wonderful memories. Gurney's Preface is very well done and right on. As he notes, we can look in the past with 20-20 hindsight and think of the possibilities to have the track fit into the new developed area to save it for future race fans... woulda, shoulda, coulda... But didn't,.. and it's gone. The drivers from all over the world came to Riverside recognizing what a wonderful and special track it was. All venues of racing loved it, The versitile configurations, all great layouts, made the trade even more desirable. And to think,even more track (7+ ,miles) were graded for future paving... but it never made it.
If you love racing history, you will like this book. Very well done with mix of great photos and descriptions of each. Great coffee table book.
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HASH(0x9645a0cc) von 5 Sternen And we loved it. The World's Best came to RIR to ... 16. März 2015
Von Stephen McCarthy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Riverside Raceway was too. Too hot. Too Cold. Too Windy. Too Smoggy. And we loved it. The World's Best came to RIR to race. Moss, Clark, McLaren, Foyt, and of course, local Hero, Dan Gurney. RIR made Gurney's career. In the 70s and 80s, I was lucky enough to have been a Cal Club Course Worker there. Sports Cars, Indy Cars, CanAm Cars, TransAm Cars, IMSA Prototype Cars, and NASCAR all ran. This book covers it all. Pete Lyons covered it all and has documented it in a great new book. Get one, it's all that's left of one of the world's great race tracks.
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