This is a story of speed, challenge and champions. In the decade after WW ll, in an America gone patriotic and car crazy, racing promoter Alec Ulmann created an unlikely sports car race circuit on an airfield near Sebring, a sleepy town in central Florida. Within a few years, tens of thousands of fans made the trek to the events he organized there.
However it was after years of negotiation and effort that Ulmann scored motor racing’s biggest prize: his circuit in Sebring would host the first Formula 1 Grand Prix race to be staged in America. Better still, it would be at the end of the racing season when the 1959 FIA World Drivers Championship would be decided in what turned out to be a surprising finish. As is the hallmark of author Joel Finn’s books the story is excellently illustrated with 330 photographs.