Jim Hall

Chaparral, Texas and the Invention of Modern Racing

George Levy
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This character-driven biography of Jim Hall is the first and only look at one of the most influential racing drivers, engineers, and team owners of the twentieth century.

Jim Hall is the Charles Lindbergh of motor racing. The man who changed everything. Here, he tells his story for the first time. From racings earliest days, the men who designed and built these land-bound rocket ships viewed the air that moved over, under, and around a car as ithauled toward 200 miles per hour as a nuisance with which they had to contend. It was Jim Hall who first saw how this nuisance could be turned not only into a force for good, but a breakthrough in vehicle performance. Today, racers call it “downforce”—the amount of downward force that can be exerted on a car's tires to improve how well the vehicle stops, goes, and, most of all, grips the corners. Hall's innovations made him both a hero and celebrity throughout the 1960s and ‘70s. He was on the cover of Newsweek and Sports Illustrated and featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles. TheNew York Times alone published 250 stories about Hall over the period. The Chaparral phenomenon reached Europe and Asia, and into seemingly every American home. Hall's achievements made him more renowned than understood; he was a famously private individual. Part of it was a natural introspection and an almost obsessive focus on his goals. Part of it was the Texas-cowboy ethos that a man's actions should count for more than his words. But now, in Jim Hall, he will finally tell his story. How he changed race car design. How he conquered the world's greatest automakers from a tiny quad of steel-sided buildings on State Highway 349 in Midland, Texas. How he inspired a generation.

Author bio:

After a distinguished career as a motorsports author, speaker and historian, George Levy is now President of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, based at Daytona Beach, Florida. He began his journalism career in 1980 at Autoweek, where he rose to editor at 27. He has also contributed to RACER, Car and Driver and Vintage Motorsport. Latterly he has turned to writing books and is best known for Can-Am 50th Anniversary: Flat Out with North America's Greatest Race Series (2016), which earned a Gold Medal in the 2017 International Automotive Media Competition, and F1 Mavericks: The Men and Machines that Revolutionized Formula 1 Racing (2019). He lives in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9780760353943
Publisher: Quarto US
Imprint: Motorbooks
Pub Date: December 1990
Page Extent: 272
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Biography & True Stories