The History of AMC Motorsports: Trans-Am, Drag, NASCAR, Land Speed and Off-Road Racing

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CarTech Inc, Jan 15, 2016 - Transportation - 192 pages
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When thinking of a manufacturer's racing involvement, AMC is not a manufacturer that immediately comes to mind. Yet even from the very beginning of American motorsports, the companies that became AMC had some serious involvement in motorsport. From the early Nash and Hudson models all the way through the muscle car era, AMC had direct involvement in racing. The success of Nash and Hudson in early NASCAR racing, AMC Javelins in Trans-Am racing, and AMC's involvement with Mark Donahue and Roger Penske in both their Trans-Am and 1970s NASCAR teams prove that AMC was "in it to win it."

The History of AMC Motorsports from veteran racing journalist Bob McClurg covers it all, from a Nash–American Motors corporate history, the first years of NASCAR, the 1960s efforts that included Trans-Am and drag racing Super Stock programs, to the Craig Breedlove land speed record efforts when 106 world records were shattered and covered by Hot Rod magazine. And let's not forget the 1970s Trans-Am championships with Donahue and Penske, and finally the NASCAR success with Bobby Allison in the always-curious looking Matador, which is also covered here.

Never before has a single volume chronicled the events that encompass AMC racing history. Whether a hardcore racing history fan or a casual enthusiast of the AMC street offerings, The History of AMC Motorsports provides a unique showcase vital to every enthusiast's library.

 

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User Review  - ensclauren - LibraryThing

Good history of AMC and the evolution of historic racing teams. However, the book it at times confusing when racing names, nicknames, and first/family names are used for the first time at the end of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - TomDonaghey - LibraryThing

THE HISTORY OF AMC MOTORSPORTS by Bob McClurg is a beautifully rendered tribute to a manufacturer you might not automatically associate with racing. Mr. McClurg has long been associated with writing ... Read full review

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Veteran automotive journalist Bob McClurg grew up in 1950s southern California, where he was surrounded (and heavily influenced) by early hot rod culture. McClurg's photojournalism career spans 40 years, writing and shooting for the most influential magazines as well as authoring books for CarTech. His previous titles include Diggers, Funnies Gassers and Altereds; Yenko; Fire Nitro Rubber and Smoke; How to Build Supercharged and Turbocharged Small Block Fords; How to Install and Tune Nitrous Oxide Systems, The Tasca Ford Legacy, and more.

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