The Speed Merchants
A Journey through the World of Motor Racing, 1969-1972
"One of the best-ever motorsport titles is back in print and, unlike most sequels, is even better than the original ..." - Motor Trend
The Speed Merchants tells the story of Michael Keyser's racing and film experience, across the U.S. and Europe, from 1969 through 1972. He relives what it was like to watch the great Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s that dominated the world manufacturer's series in 1970; to follow Mark Donohue and Roger Penske as they shook up the Trans-Am through Canada and the United States; to see McLaren's hold on the Can-Am finally ended. The Speed Merchants details the successes and failures of such drivers as Vic Elford, Brian Redman, Jo Siffert, Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Stewart; and racing at such tracks as Daytona, Sebring, Indianapolis, the Targa Florio, the Nürburgring, Monaco and Le Mans.
When first published in 1973, The Speed Merchants was hailed among other books on racing as the standard by which other works should be judged. Now, the author has totally revised the book, more than doubling the number of photographs and adding a personal dimension that could only be brought by someone in his unique position as driver, photographer, and filmmaker.
With brilliant full color photography and evocative prose, The Speed Merchants brings to vivid life the sights and sounds of a lost era.
With a healthy lead, Roger Penske is able to joke with Mark Donohue, referring to George Follmer as "FUMBLER".
Swedish driver Reine Wisell points out something on the rear wing of his Lotus to Colin Chapman.
The winning Alfa Romeo T33/3 of Nino Vaccarella rounds a corner in the town of Campofelice in front of a crowd of spectators sitting on a hillside grandstand.
Silver Medal winner for Illustration: Photographs at the 2000 International Automotive Media Awards
Richard Attwood takes over the #23 Salzburg Porsche 917 from Hans Herrmann late on Saturday afternoon.
If Jackie Stewart's eyes are not recognizable, the Tartan stripe on his helmet is.
The instruments, steering wheel, and gear shift knob of one of the Ferrari 312B2s.
Led by the three Matra 670s and a long tail Alfa Romeo 33/3, the field for the 24 Hours of Le Mans pulls away on the pace lap.
Peter Revson in the sister car to Mark Donohue?s Javelin.
ISBN: 978-0-8376-0232-5 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1759-6 (ISBN-13)