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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 02-10-2006 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
I just added this book to the M&M Bookstore. It sounds very interesting, I think I'll have to pick up a copy.

Total Performers: Ford Drag Racing in the 1960s
by Charles Morris
The 1960s was arguably the most important decade for drag racing. It had exciting cars, thrilling races, and most importantly, factory participation. Among the best high-performance cars and engines were those coming from Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Company・s ・Total Performance Years・ saw a breakthrough as drag racing helped the younger, performance- and style-conscious consumer to begin receiving some recognition.
Factory participation in drag racing pushed the envelope for high performance developments. Ford・s FE-series engine, Police Interceptor, GT 390, Single Overhead Cam, Cobra Jet, and Boss 429 are all covered in detail. See the cars and the drivers that made them famous ・ Dick Brannan・s Goldfinger, Bill Lawton・s Mystery Mustang, ・Dyno Don・ Nicholson・s Eliminator Comet, Gas Ronda・s stretched Mustang, Al Joenic・s Batcar, and more.

Accomplished journalist and life-long Ford aficionado Charles Morris takes you back to the Total Performance Years through first-hand accounts as well as over 400 rare photographs. A drag racer since 1966, Morris has run cars in both Stock and Super Stock classes. He is currently the owner of the original Norristown Ford 1963 _ lightweight Galaxie and races the car in Nostalgia Super Stock as part of the 422 Motorsports Drag Racing Team. This book is a must read for all drag racing fans, not just Ford enthusiasts.


"To say it is awesome would be an understatement. It is packed full of hundreds of rare photographs, most of them in color ・ photographs we at LOVEfords have never seen before . . . It is a beautifully finished, hard- bound coffee table volume that you will want to add to your automotive library." ・, September 2005

Here's a direct link to it:

Rory McNeil

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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
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posted 02-11-2006 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil        Reply w/Quote
Steve, you must be psycic! I just recieved the "Total Performers" book, along with "Quarter Mile Muscle" & "Pro Stock Drag Racing of the 70`s Photo Archives" today from Amazon, thru the M&M Bookstore. This was in addition the the "River Rouge" book that you recently mentioned, along with another assembly line book titled "The American Automobile Factory". I recieved these 2 books last week.All are very interesting books, and should keep me out of mischief for a good long while! The M&M bookstore rocks!!

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posted 02-11-2006 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Cool, thanks!

So the book's a good one, huh?

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posted 03-16-2006 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
Beth got me the book as a belated Valentine's day present.
Once I opened it I could not put it down.
Absolutely a FoMoCo drag race enthusiasts must have!
I highly recomend it!

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