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Hot Rod Empire

Hot Rod Empire

BOOK REVIEW – In “Hot Rod Empire” the life and times of Robert E. Petersen are the object of talented motorsport biographer Matt Stone focus. HOT ROD EmpireBy Matt Stone with Gigi CarletonForward by Ed IskenderianWith preface(s) by Gigi Carleton and Bruce MeyerMotorbooks an imprint of Quarto GroupISBN: 978-0-7603-6069-9eISBN: 978-0-7603-6070-5Hardbound, 208 pages, over 290 photos (color...

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About Len

About Len

Matt Stone on Len Frank Writer. Amateur racer. Pundit. Comedian. Teacher. Husband. Radio personality. Father. Friend. Above all, and always, a fried. I, perhaps like you, am just one soul whose life was touched and indeed bettered by knowing Len Frank. Our friendship, in fact, impacted my career, and ultimately altered the course of my...

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Len Frank, Automotive Photographer

Len Frank, Automotive Photographer

Matt Stone on the writer as shooter. Above: Len loved Alfa Romeos. He sold them, wrote about them, raced them, worked on them, and of course photographed them (Alfa Abarth photo by Len Frank) The late Len Frank was not an automotive photographer, at least not in the classical sense. His camera equipment was old...

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A Visit to Monza

A Visit to Monza

There is an irresistible pull to the name—the idea—of Monza. It pulls back memory…to a time before cable sports networks and the overexposure to the politics and business of racing today. Original Monza photos, Matt Stone collection Monza! I don’t know about you, but for me there is an irresistible pull to the name—the idea—of...

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The Cro-Sal Special

The Cro-Sal Special

Cheetahs Always/Sometimes/Seldom Win (check one). Len Frank on the Bill Thomas Cheetah sports car company and the winningest Cheetah of them all, the Cro-Sal Special. Written before his passing in 1996. Originally printed in Road & Track magazine.Original story photos by Ron Perry; as photographed here by Matt Stone Let me get the hardware out of the...

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INDYTECH 92

INDYTECH 92

In 1992, the late Len Frank wrote his seminal piece on the Indianapolis 500, “the greatest spectacle in racing.” Above: The 1913 Indianapolis 500 (Bain News Service/Public Domain) The Indy 500, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” is the world’s oldest race, the world’s richest, the world’s fastest. At one time it was the bastion of...

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Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix

Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix

Len Frank on the Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix Original Grand Bahamas race photos courtesy Matt Stone collection My vision of the Grand Bahama Vintage Grand Prix was really composed of fantasies held close and polished by time of the Nassau Speed Weeks from a few decades before. Most of my impressions—hell, all of my...

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Lambo Through the Looking Glass

Lambo Through the Looking Glass

Lamborghini is an unlikely survivor. Competitors—Iso, Bizzarini, Facel-Vega, ATS, AC, Bristol, Jensen; earlier competitors like Bugatti, Pegaso, Talbot-Lago, Dual-Ghia (to mix a bag) are gone. The entire high-buck market seems increasingly to be the property of Mercedes and BMW, and, of course, Porsche and Ferrari. In quick order: to the Geneva auto salon for two...

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Salon: Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato

Salon: Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato

“The TZ was late, maybe as much as three, four, five years late. How could such a marvelous thing, such a paragon of the vintage circuits, have been called late?”Len Frank on building a vintage racer Originally published in Road & TrackInset Photos by Matt Stone Automotive architecture for a moment: it’s 1952 and Ford...

 

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