The latest book from the Racing History Project,, “Showroom Stock” must have been a big hit as the author, Dave Wolin, announced that the book is sold out and no reprints are planned.
Don’t despair, it’s now available on DVD featuring the complete book as a pdf and word doc (with color photos) plus a file of all the photos in the book, all the articles about showroom stock racing quoted in the book and the original drafts, all 600 plus pages. This is a “don’t miss”, like the book, a “tell – all” covering some little known but important segments of auto racing history, forgotten or ignored by the sanctioning bodies. The introduction by Bill King, former marketing guy at SCCA, points the way.
“Showroom Stock” begins with early road racing history, when everything was showroom stock, and proceeds through the evolution of showroom stock club racing and the birth of showroom stock endurance racing at the Nelson Ledges circuit in Northeast Ohio, the “Longest Day”‘. The “Longest Day” events, promoted by “Road & Track” and “Car and Driver” magazines, produced interest by auto manufacturers and tire companies, creating SCCA Pro Endurance Racing, the SCCA Playboy and Escort Series and IMSA’s Firehawk Series, Helping to fuel the interest was the Volkswagen Bilstein Cup, Renault Cup, Coors Racetruck Challenge and Corvette Challenge, all now gone and practically invisible.
Compiler in Chief Wolin (he says he’s not an author) has collected comments stories and quotes from drivers, team owners, crew and press (sometimes they were all the same person), along with some never before seen photos and insider information (who had trick tires, how did you tweak the boost etc.) into a fun read that will be enjoyed by anyone who watched, raced or wished they had attended any of these events.