Book Review 'One Tough Circuit', Bill Hill

BOOK REVIEW: 'One Tough Circuit' by Bill Hill The plethora of discount bookstores that line the interstates would give one leave that 'books', much less expensive books...

BOOK REVIEW: 'One Tough Circuit' by Bill Hill The plethora of discount bookstores that line the interstates would give one leave that 'books', much less expensive books far exceed the demand. Rare gems are hard to find in these stores but depending on your eye and your luck you may find 'one' per visit. This brief review is about a rare book that is brand new and a rare gem you won't find in any bookstore because, much as we racers might disavow it, auto racing is not the hottest title category in literary boutiques. 'One Tough Circuit', a hardback with a rich look and feel, is a true labor of love by Bill Hill and his devoted wife Ruby. Hill treats midget auto racing from its infancy within the geographically narrow but extremely rich Heartland Area--Kansas City, Wichita, Springfield, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. Don't let this confinement turn you away. You'll soon recognize many, many names. Fifteen years in research, the last three in extensive rewrites, give near historic perfection to the skillfully written record. Typesetting and printing were no accident of selection for the publishing advice of motorbook authors Dick Wallen and Carl Hungness were a great help to the author although neither of these participated beyond the degree of friendly mentoring. An original pencil sketch by glassman Steve Bonesteel is framed by the mock leather casebound cover. Bill Hill chronicles racing drivers long forgotten with photographs and verbal dignity perhaps unparalleled during their racing careers. People like Carl Badami of Kansas City who drove midgets from 1935 to 1940 and unwittingly and without acknowledgment or acclaim invented the tire bead lock which is universal today. Badami bolted his right rear tire to the rim which was illegal in those days. When Bill visited Badami in April of '92 up from the basement came that very wheel. It is pictured in the book. Don't look for intricate themes in OTC. It is historical, pure and simple. But the layouts and photographs by typesetter Debbie Berman take the pain away from dry statistics and make one hungry to keep turning pages until the index takes you back to look up something you missed or forgot. At only $49.95 plus $5 mailing fee (Check or MO only), 'One Tough Circuit' is a true bargain and a fit heirloom for any race family's bookshelf. Bill Hill Productions, 4226 Union Hill Ct, S-216, Las Vegas, NV 89030 or, if you prefer, ghdk38b@prodigy.com for brochure. by Len in Indy

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