Driving With the Devil
Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCARBook - 2006
"Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR?s distant, moonshine-fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it. Long before the sport of stock-car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression-wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life. With few options beyond the farm or factory, the best chance of escape was running moonshine. Bootlegging offered speed, adventure, and wads of cash?if the drivers survived. Driving with the Devil is the story of bootleggers whose empires grew during Prohibition and continued to thrive well after Repeal, and of drivers who thundered down dusty back roads with moonshine deliveries, deftly outrunning federal agents. The car of choice was the Ford V-8, the hottest car of the 1930s, and ace mechanics tinkered with them until they could fly across mountain roads at 100 miles an hour" -- publisher website (January 2007).
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 796.7209 Tho
Characteristics: xii, 411 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.