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Tony Bettenhausen & Sons: An American Racing Family Album

Product Author Gordon Kirby
  • Dimensions 10.25 x 9.25 x 1.125 in
  • Pages  225

“It is doubtful there’s ever been a more determined or star-crossed family in auto racing history … but throughout it was a family shaped by hard work and heart.” – Robin Miller

4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$59.95

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Award-winning author Gordon Kirby has created a visual odyssey of the Bettenhausen family’s epic story, starting with two-time Indy car champion Tony Senior’s first laps at the wheel of a mid-western midget in 1938, and following Gary’s, Merle’s and Tony Jr.’s careers. This book features over 350 superb photos and is enlivened by Merle and Susan Bettenhausen’s personal recollections, observations and commentary about their father, brothers and family. The book is completed with full statistical data of the Bettenhausens’ championship racing careers.

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Product Description

Over the years, American automobile racing has enjoyed a handful of successful racing families such as the Andrettis and Unsers in Indy car racing and the Pettys, Allisons and Earnhardts in NASCAR. We’ve also seen this phenomenon in Europe and international racing, with the likes of Graham Hill and his son Damon, world champions both, and the legendary Ferrari Formula One hero Gilles Villeneuve and his son Jacques, who was successful in both Indy and F1 cars.

Less well-known with the passage of time, but equally accomplished in a wide-range of American open wheel racing are the Bettenhausens, Tony and his three sons, Gary, Merle and Tony, Jr. The family’s story has been told before by Carl Hungness in his epic GO! The Bettenhausen Story, published in 1982. But more than thirty years later, with advice and assistance from Merle and Susan Bettenhausen we decided to take a fresh, pictorial look at the family’s story   using Racemaker Press’s superb photo archive along with the Bettenhausen family’s personal collections.

Award-winning author Gordon Kirby has created a visual odyssey of the Bettenhausen family’s epic story, starting with two-time Indy car champion Tony Senior’s first laps at the wheel of a mid-western midget in 1938, and following Gary’s, Merle’s and Tony Jr.’s careers. This book features over 350 superb photos and is enlivened by Merle and Susan Bettenhausen’s personal recollections, observations and commentary about their father, brothers and family. The book is completed with full statistical data of the Bettenhausens’ championship racing careers.

Additional Information

Weight 3.4 lbs
Dimensions 10.25 x 9.25 x 1.125 in
Author

Gordon Kirby

ISBN

978-1-935240-12-9

Pages

225

2 reviews for Tony Bettenhausen & Sons: An American Racing Family Album

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Very well written but the photo captions are a mess. To start Page 25..Program for Soldier Field should be 1939..Page 30 There were no races at Ft. Wayne 7-29-42..Page 32 Top Left should read Norm Olson Offy, Goshen New York..Top Right This is after the Goshen race..Page 36 Should read “Bus” Brownell stands second from left with French Sirois to his left..Page 37 Top Right Lee Wallard-Murrell Belanger-Tony..Page 43 Should read Tony leads Fred Agabashian..Page 45 Left Picture is not the Belanger Car photo is on the Main Straightaway and has no yellow wheels..Page 48Tony did not win the 100 lap race in 1957..Page 92 Lower left This is not Terre Haute this is a paved track..Page 102 Top Left Not at Terre Haute this is a champ dirt car..Page 136 Should read Murrell Belanger’s daughters..Last Front end paper image is the same as page 56 top left photo Ascot

  2. 4 out of 5

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    Did you receive my first review

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