by Joe Scalzo ISBN 7603 1017 3 Published by MBI, £29.99
A book that deserves to be read out loud. Scalzo’s colourful language has a ‘to hell with the rules’ feel, just like this rowdy branch of racing. With his trademark off-the-wall metaphors and cheery insensitivity, Scalzo draws a crude, raw, intense sport which threw up great names like Foyt and Andretti, but also killed and scorched plenty.
A dirt-track reporter himself since the 1950s, Scalzo tells it to you first hand, and reveals the hidden official censorship: the national press campaigned to stifle this lethal game, but those scribblers and snappers who dared report any deaths were cold-shouldered, even beaten. Official incompetence and bullying were rife.
After the big laughs, great stories and lavish pictures, Scalzo finishes with the cold shower of reality. It makes for great reading.