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  • Excellent NASCAR book!

    Believe it or not, this is an excellent book:



    Here's a summary I sent to several Hudson friends in central Indiana, although there is a lot of Studebaker material in it with Frank Mundy and others:

    Yo, Hudnuts;
    I ran across close-out copies of this enormous tome at Ollie's Bargain Center / East 136th street and new U. S. 31 in Carmel and was thoroughly impressed. Judging from the weight and quality, it had to have originally retailed for $75 or more. Ollie's originally had them at $29.95, but just further marked them down to $12.99, so I had to buy one.

    We all know what the typical NASCAR history book looks like, boring late-model sameness crap with with little coverage before the mid-70s, but this one is wholly different and is to be highly commended for its coverage of those early years that are usually marginalized. The last year covered is 2014, but the important thing is that every year from 1947 through 2014 gets about the same amount of coverage and photos, believe it or not!

    1996, for example, has 8 pages and 28 photos. 1947 has 6 pages and 23 photos, whereas 1952 also has 8 pages and 26 photos, roughly the same as 1996...or even 2012, which has 8 pages and 31 photos. I've never seen such thorough "early years" history in a current book of this nature; it's excellent and appears to be well-researched. There's even an excellent 14-page "Before NASCAR" section before individual year coverage starts with year 1947, also heavily illustrated with 23 large, period photos from the pre-1947 era.

    The book is very heavy and must weigh ten pounds. The hard-bound cover is either leather or a damn good facsimile. Full-color throughout, as much as possible in that many early-year photos are understandably black & white. It's over 600 pages long!

    When I got mine at Ollie's a week ago, there were at least a dozen copies left. It's a helluva buy at $12.99.

    Best. Bob

    BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    Sounds good, but I have never even seen an Ollie's store. This also applies to the other thread about a Studebaker book at Ollie's.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      Ollie's Bargain Centers came to North Carolina a few years ago. I found quite a few genuine deals there, especially in books and automotive. They are what Big Lots used to be before they went "up town"
      Mike Davis
      Regional Manager, North Carolina
      1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
        Believe it or not, this is an excellent book:



        It's a helluva buy at $12.99.

        Best. Bob

        BP
        Hey Bob!...Thanks for the heads up! Got my copy today! Had to google Ollie's, and found that they had moved into an old closed K-Mart building about 12 miles from my house. I have driven by the place a gazillion times (slight exaggeration), and hadn't noticed the store. I don't know 'bout the one you went into, but at this one, I think I could spend a day or two going through all the books.

        However, the stock in the store was an organizational mess. Come to think of it...a lot like my place.
        John Clary
        Greer, SC

        SDC member since 1975

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jclary View Post
          Hey Bob!...Thanks for the heads up! Got my copy today! Had to google Ollie's, and found that they had moved into an old closed K-Mart building about 12 miles from my house. I have driven by the place a gazillion times (slight exaggeration), and hadn't noticed the store. I don't know 'bout the one you went into, but at this one, I think I could spend a day or two going through all the books.

          However, the stock in the store was an organizational mess. Come to think of it...a lot like my place.
          'Glad you found one so close by, John. I think organizational mess is part of their marketing strategy.

          How much was the NASCAR book in that store? I'm surprised they didn't sell out immediately in the south, but maybe people don't know about it. BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

          Ayn Rand:
          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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