Monday, November 15, 2010

Smokey Yunick

Smokey Yunick, who the heck is that? Now I know most have no idea who "Smokey" is unless you are old as dirt and a gear head.

Smokey was arguably the best racing innovator of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's. He ran the racing programs for Hudson, Ford, Chevy, and Pontiac as well as racing and inventing as an independent. Some called him the "biggest cheater" of all time but cheating is in the eyes of the race inspector. Innovator better describes the way he interpreted the rule book. If here was no pacific rule against it then he assumed it was fair game.

Why am I mentioning Smokey?

I have the utmost pleasure of owning his book, "The Best Dawn Garage in Town", this is a hard book for me to have a change to read because of the price and the fact it will never be in a library. Used this book sells in the $125 range.

What makes this book so special (besides the fact it is "Life and Adventures" of Smokey) is the style that it is written. Smokey wrote the book and his wife typed it. It is really written just like a bunch of guys sitting around about 2 sheets in the wind and telling true stories that they all remember. It will never be in you local library because of the language, subject matter (and you think music artists have groupies), and him telling like it really happen.

Six hundred pages of pure reading pleasure. Never have I enjoyed a book more.

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