New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1961. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition, Limited to 500 copies, SIGNED by the author. Folio. 178 pp. Tables; Index. Color frontispiece and black & white Illustrations by Peter Helck. Black cloth spine over cream cloth illustrated boards, silver lettering to spine in color printed slipcase. A fine copy, as new. Item #16984
"For the first time this book presents an authentic history of Road Racing in America from the very first race in 1895 through 1916 when the last of the old Vanderbilt and International Grand Prize races were run. Never before have these latter two classics been fully covered in one volume. In edition Mr. Helck covers several of the great European races which had set the pattern for the American events. And as an added feature, there are the detailed tabulations of some twenty-five of these international events. Peter Helck, an artist and automotive historian, has both written and illustrated a book which gives a factual recording of road racing history as well as a picture of the taste and elegance that characterized that era."