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22 Oct 2013 20:51 #26158 by Chris Summers
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I actually have a copy of that book, gifted to me by Club member Bob McCaffrey, although I have as yet had time to read it (sorry, Bob!). Probably one of the very few novels to have featured a Duesenberg, outside of Clive Cussler's books.

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23 Oct 2013 20:22 #26172 by Joel
Joel replied the topic: Re: Road Race

Muzzlehatch wrote: The first car novel that I ever read was Road Race by Philip Harkins (1952) back in 1960.
It was about a teen named Dave who lives near Branchville, Connecticut, and who wants to join an outlaw hot rod club. The club has as its initiation the requirement that a prospective member challenge the Branchville constable to a night race. The lawman, who is referred to as "Santa Claus" because of his beard, drives an unnamed cruiser that the rodders call a Stupid Six.
As the story progresses, Dave, in his crudely tuned Model A Ford, is ultimately caught by the constable, whose car has been souped up by a mechanic, Webb Walden, who restores and races Duesenbergs. He saves Dave from jail and the loss of his driver's license. As a condition of his suspended sentence, Dave goes to work at Webb's auto repair shop and learns the finer points of race car building and racing.
Harkins credits Jim Hoe and Gayle Smith for the technical help that he received in writing the book, along with Hagen Morris of Westport and W.T. Sperry of Danbury.


I read that book (from our school library) back when I was about 11 years old. I have oft remembered the story, albeit vaguely, but never remembered the title. Now I can look it up and re-read it! Thanks!

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23 Oct 2013 23:24 #26174 by Bob McCaffrey
Bob McCaffrey replied the topic: Fond memories and the very basis for my interest
I would strongly advise everyone to take a trip down memory lane, when life was a whole lot simpler. I have re-read the book numerous times since 1959, and have enjoyed it over and over. It was only when I became and active collector that I realized the importance if the book.

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23 Oct 2013 23:45 #26175 by Muzzlehatch
Muzzlehatch replied the topic: Road Race
Copies of the book, both hard and soft cover, are available on Amazon and eBay.

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24 Oct 2013 15:05 #26181 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: How many Model J's were sold in Europe and haw many survive
I'm still waiting for an answer to this question.I can't believe that nobody on this forum has the answer.

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24 Oct 2013 20:23 #26182 by landmark
landmark replied the topic: Re: How many Model J's were sold in Europe and haw many surv

Bob Roller wrote: I'm still waiting for an answer to this question.I can't believe that nobody on this forum has the answer.

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Hello Bob,

wrong thread <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> I think your unanswered question is in the thread "one below"


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