3/15/11 at 1:09 pm

Excellent Reception for Book on Cuban Racing History
Amelia Island Book Signing Event with Noted Motorsports Author Joel Finn Draws Crowds


(Boston, MA)  March 15, 2011 – The book signing event held this weekend at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance drew great crowds to The Racemaker Press table, with attendees snapping up their copies of Joel Finns,  Caribbean Capers: The Cuban Grand Prix Races of 1957, 1958 & 1960  for the author and special guest, Sir Stirling Moss to sign.  

Caribbean Capers captures the dramatic story of Cuba’s major sports car races, with all the international flavor, political intrigue and competitive action that characterized the island nation at that time.  The story is told first-hand, from the author’s experience at the races in Cuba during 1958 and 1960, and is the culmination of over 50 years of research, fact-finding, and information gathering to produce a volume with more than 500 historic images of the cars, drivers and events – many never-before published – along with numerous meticulously compiled charts of the race entries and results.

Havana was truly the sin city of the 1950’s; the gambling capital of the world, with profits that surpassed Las Vegas.  Against this backdrop, Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches roared through the streets of Havana with the world’s best drivers at the wheel.  Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Jack Brabham and, of course, the five-time world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, competed in Cuba in now-legendary sports cars.  A kidnapping that captured headlines around the world, when pole-sitter Fangio was taken at gunpoint from his Havana hotel the night before the race in 1958, illustrates the challenges faced by the organizers and competitors. Needless to say, Cuba’s political turmoil added to the unpredictable and exciting course of international racing in Cuba.

The cost of the book is: US$199.95, plus s & h.  Copies will be available on site at the signing. For more information or to order your copy in advance, please contact Racemaker Press at (617) 723-6533 or visit: www.racemaker.com.

Editors Notes:

About the author:

Joel Finn has been a competitive driver in road racing for more than 50 years.  Beginning in the middle of the 20th century, he was also a participant in significant events in American racing, working with pit crews, flagging stations and timing and scoring officials at tracks that included Sebring, Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, and Havana.  A long-time competitor, he has owned and raced many of the cars that attained legendary status.  He has also known the drivers, owners, and mechanics who competed in these historic events.


Finn has written a number of highly-regarded histories of road racing including American Road Racing: The 1930s; Bridgehampton Racing: From the Streets to the Bridge; Sunshine Speed and a Surprise: The 1959 Grand Prix of the United Sates; and American Road Racing: 1948-1950 The Sport Revived.  His earlier books focused on the Ferrari V-12 Testa Rossa, Maserati Birdcages and the Maserati Sports Racing cars.

About Racemaker Press
Racemaker Press (www.racemaker.com) is an independent publisher specializing in books on automotive racing and history.  We offer a variety of colorfully illustrated and informative volumes for adults and children.  We proudly became the sole distributor of Joel Finn’s books in 2009.

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