Historiography In NASCAR Nov27

Historiography In NA...

Historiography sounds very ivory tower academics, but really it isn’t. The Oxford English Dictionary defines historiography as “The study of the writing of history and of written histories”. So, it is about how the story is told: not just who won the race, but whether we...

Neanderthal Muscle: 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix Mar28

Neanderthal Muscle: ...

Last year marked the half century since the assassination of John F Kennedy, a milestone in the lives of the baby boomer generation both in the US and abroad. Although never really one for conspiracy theories, even superficial engagement around this story leaves one with doubts around the...

Jocko Flocko, the NA...

I have been reading a history of early NASCAR, written around 1980; it features first person accounts written using tapes made in interviews carried out by the writer, Sylvia Wilkinson. Wilkinson is a published novelist from NASCAR’s spiritual home, North Carolina, and the stories are...

The Ultimate Muscle ...

NASCAR was born on short dirt tracks but by the late sixties it was evolving into something altogether different; “bigger” and “faster” barely covers it. At Talladega, the new banked Super Speedway in rural Alabama, the average lap speed was 200mph. Teams and drivers...