Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Go like heck
Many of the scenes in The Racecar Alphabet are either of actual raceways, or stand in for moments in the history of racing. The night scene on the V page, for instance, is meant to represent the 24-hour road race at Le Mans. Now there’s a new book about Ford’s efforts during the 1960s to wrest dominance of Le Mans from Ferrari, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, by A. J. Baime, reviewed here in the Times, that sounds like a lot of fun, if your interests go in that direction.
This also serves as an excuse to mention that I recently received a copy of The Racecar Alphabet from its latest reprinting — its tenth time back to the presses, I’m happy to say. (Tenth big printing? No. But tenth printing!) Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy!