Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion

Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion

by Rex White, Anne B. Jones

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Overview

Chevrolet fans were wishing for a hero and Rex White made their dreams come true. He took on big muscle cars and eventually won both the 1960 Winston Cup Championship and the Driver of the Year title and was selected as one of NASCAR's Top Fifty Driving Champions. This autobiography is the story of his struggle. Set against the rough and tumble days of early racing history, it gives insight into the sometimes humorous and sometimes tragic experiences of motor sports pioneers. The autobiography also contains information gained through interviews with other racing professionals, including personal stories from NASCAR greats Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett. The book is well illustrated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786493463
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rex White makes numerous NASCAR–related appearances today and has appeared in recent radio, newspaper, and television interviews, as well as national motorsports magazines. Writer Anne B. Jones lives in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword by Rick Minter 1
Preface by Anne B. Jones 3

1. Carolina Moonshine Country 7
2. Growing Up: A Life Filled with Deadlines and Speed 17
3. Motorsports Mania: Another Magical World 29
4. Racing Fever: Frankie Schneider Becomes My Mentor 45
5. Darlington: First Pass at the Lady in Black 57
6. The Early Years: Running with the “Hot Dogs” 67
7. On-Track and Off-Track Shenanigans: Racing's Just Part of the Show 75
8. Fanfare and Friendships: A 300-Pound Kid Named Tiny Lund 85
9. Hot Dogs to Hamburgers, in a Hurry: At Last, Chevrolet Sponsorship 93
10. Staying Focused: Drivers Need a One-Track Mind 101
11. Daytona and Drafting: Beginning of the Super Speedway Boom 111
12. Sex and the Super Speedways: Motorsports Gain Media Attention 121
13. Chasing the Championship: Against the Giants 131
14. Hunting for Horsepower: Fighting Pontiacs with a 348 145
15. Battling with Brothers: A Rolling Racetrack Community 155
16. Giddy-Up 409: The Dixie 400 161
17. From Detroit to Despair: Chevrolet's Mystery Engine 169
18. Death and Disappointment: Tragedies On and Off the Track 179
19. Motorsport as Megasport: The #2 Sport in the Country 187

Epilogue: Gold Thunder: A Moment Frozen in Time by Larry Hinson 203
Appendix: Rex White’s Career Statistics 205
Index 207

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