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  • "The Roadsters of Indianapolis: Glory Days, 1952-1966" by Greg Littleton

    Does anyone know where I could find a copy of Greg Littleton's book "The Roadsters of Indianapolis: Glory Days, 1952-1966" which was published a number of years ago? I've tried the most obvious sources...Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AbeBooks...with no luck.

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    That is an extremely rare book. I am a crazy auto racing book collector who has been searching every day for decades on the interwebs for goodies, and I have only seen one copy for sale years ago after it was published. I suggest you put a want list up on ABE but don't expect quick results, if any.

    You might also contact specialist publishers and book/automobilia dealers such as Racemaker Press, Coastal 181, Sprint car Hall Of Fame, Autobooks-Aerobooks, DTACollectibles, Motorsport Collector and l'Art et l'Automobile to see if you can scare up a copy. There are some European sources also, but they are pretty weak on US material.

    Other rare Indy-related books like that are:
    "The Race To Make The Race - Indianapolis 1954-1963" also by Greg Litteton, edition of 250 copies.
    "Russell Snowberger" by John Snowberger, edition of 400 copies.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rjohnson View Post
      Does anyone know where I could find a copy ....
      On my book shelf

      Oops, wrong book

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      • #4
        Copies how up now and then a various racing memorabilia shows; and usually have a pretty hefty price tag. Here's a link to Littleton's second book on Facebook which I believe is also sold out.

        There was a unfilled need among collectors and racing history people for books like Greg put together. He knew there was a limited market but he seemed to judge the size of that market just about perfectly so that he has sold every copy.

        Both books have their place but I personally enjoyed the second book even more than the first.

        https://www.facebook.com/The-Race-to...1643937862722/

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        • #5
          I love shopping for old racing books. Yesterday I was in my favorite used book store and found copies of Tad Williams's "Indy 500 Winners" for .50, and Brock Yates's "The Hot Rod: Resurrection of a Legend" for a buck and a half. Also a copy of the 95-96 Autocourse for $2. Sometimes you just get lucky.

          I got the Scalzo Roadsters book for a couple of bucks there too many moons ago.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by indyrjc View Post
            Copies how up now and then a various racing memorabilia shows; and usually have a pretty hefty price tag. Here's a link to Littleton's second book on Facebook which I believe is also sold out.

            There was a unfilled need among collectors and racing history people for books like Greg put together. He knew there was a limited market but he seemed to judge the size of that market just about perfectly so that he has sold every copy.

            Both books have their place but I personally enjoyed the second book even more than the first.

            https://www.facebook.com/The-Race-to...1643937862722/
            I’ve seen the roadster book at the memorabilia show. I should have picked it up both times I have seen it as I still don’t have it and I would like to.

            I need to get some advice from Greg on the book I am working on.

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            • #7
              Give this site a try:

              https://threadzngear.com/collections/vintage-auto-books

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              • #8
                Just googled the Roadsters of Indianapolis and found three copies for sale. Went to Thriftbooks.com and picked up a copy in good condition for $14.99. Thriftbooks.com has one copy left for $16.79.

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                • #9
                  I doubt it. You probably got the Scalzo book shown in post 3. That's not the book we are talking about.

                  Here's a link to the thriftbooks.com page of the Littleton book: Link

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lotuspoweredbyford View Post

                    I’ve seen the roadster book at the memorabilia show. I should have picked it up both times I have seen it as I still don’t have it and I would like to.

                    I need to get some advice from Greg on the book I am working on.



                    .... And if you are working on a book then you've got me interested about the subject......
                    Can you share some info already?????


                    On topic, I got a copy of the Enoch&Littleton Roadster book many years ago already. A friend of me had one and urged me to go for it ASAP since it was in short supply and a classic in the making for that reason alone.
                    I believed him, fortunately I did.
                    Because of the experiences and opinions about the first book, I didn't hesitate either once I found out about "the race to make the race". And again I was not disappointed.

                    Littleton didn't wrote many books but those two alone can easily be rated among the cornerstone books if it comes to dealing with the time period 1952-1966 at Indy.
                    I consider myself lucky to have copies of them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by helioseism View Post
                      I doubt it. You probably got the Scalzo book shown in post 3. That's not the book we are talking about.

                      Here's a link to the thriftbooks.com page of the Littleton book: Link
                      Yup, dang! I thought that was too easy. Anyway, now I have the Scalzo book and will be on the lookout for the Littleton book.

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