Saga of the Roaring Road: A Story of Early Auto Racing in America
Fred J Wagner as told to John M Mitchell
Floyd Clymer, Los Angeles, 3rd printing 1949; new revised edition.
Soft-bound; 140 x 216 mm; 189 pages plus unpaginated advertisements for other motoring books. No dust jacket.
The book is in fair condition. The binding is sound and tight. The covers are grubby, particularly the spine, and worn, particularly the top of the spine. The top edges and the top of the fore edges of the leaves are stained and tanned, visible when the book is closed.
The AAA's premier starter from 1903 into the 1920's, Fred J. Wagner was the dean of his profession. He started all the William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Cup races except 1904. He also started all the American Grand Prize races, the first two Indy 500s, as well as the early Ormond-Daytona Beach races and time trials. This book is less a history than a memoir; Fred's recollections of his first-hand accounts of the great events and the great drivers of the day: Ralph De Palma, Barney Oldfield, David Bruce-Brown, Bob Burman, Harry Grant, George Robertson. The book is valuable because it captures the spirit of the early days. Fred J Wagner was a man with many friends and brings insights to the personalities of the early days.
This book will appeal to all those with an interest in the early days of motor racing in America. There are many interesting photographs of the cars and drivers involved.