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The Bahamas Speed Weeks (Leather)

The Bahamas Speed Weeks (Leather)

By Terry O'Neil
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Leather edition • 336 pages •  250mm tall x 250mm • 350 illustrations

ISBN: 9781845840501

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Features

*First book to cover this subject.
*Six years of diligent and accurate research.
*Unbroken Speed Weeks history from inception to demise described.
*Previously unpublished photographs compliment text.
*Includes programme covers and badges.
*Unique Speed Weeks poster included.
*Vast majority of race results presented in year by year format.
*Personal recollections of participants.
*Section on Formula Vee Grand Prix.
*Selected newspaper clippings from various years.

Description

An unfolding story from the inception to the demise of a unique series of motor races held on an exotic island during the ‘Golden Age’ of motor racing. International drivers and Bahamians mingled for 2 weeks each year during which the social events were as important as the races to those involved.

Synopsis

The vision of one man, Captain Sherman ‘Red’ Crise formed the basis for what was to become the Bahamas Speed Weeks, a series of motor races held on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. They started in the mid 1950s and continued for 13 years, before ending due to a mix of political decisions, ill fortune and a shift in the direction motor racing had taken over that period of time. These years were described by many commentators as the ‘Golden Age’ of motor racing, where internationally acclaimed drivers attended the Speed Weeks to mix with the many amateur racers from America who came to enjoy the senario of sun, parties and racing. For many drivers the social scene was as important as the racing, and in latter years prize money was an extra incentive to turn up. This well researched account tracks the history of the Speed Weeks with its roller-coaster ride throughout its 13 years existence.

   

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