Curtis Turner: NASCAR's First Bad Boy

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9781600080272: Curtis Turner: NASCAR's First Bad Boy

Curtis Turner won an incredible 360 races in various stock-car racing circuits from 1946 to 1965, and is widely recognized as one of the greatest dirt-tack drivers in history. A true pioneer of the sport, Turner went from running moonshine for his father as a kid to earning the distinction of NASCAR's first driver to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. A 1992 inductee into International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Turner is without a doubt an all-time racing legend. It was more than Turner's winning ways that cemented his legendary status with racing fans and fellow drivers. With a swashbuckling style both on and off the track, Turner was a partier, a playboy, and an innovative entrepreneur, who had an eager but edgy spirit that "drove him through one of the most cantankerous lives ever lived." Told through the eyes of best friend and business associate Alan Hill, Curtis Turner: NASCAR'S First Bad Boy reveals never-before-told stories from Turner's life, a life Hill describes as "momentous havoc." From outrunning police during his moonshine days to out-racing NASCAR's best drivers (including one year where he won a record 25 NASCAR events), Turner's skill and moxie never waned behind the wheel. He earned the nickname "Pops" for his propensity to "pop" other drivers on the track. Turner attempted to organize a drivers' union in 1961, earning a lifetime ban from NASCAR. (The ban was lifted in 1965.) Yet, off the track was where the real mayhem occurred. In one tragically foreshadowing story, Hill recounts one of Turner's several brush-with-death experiences in the cockpit. An avid pilot an indispensable hobby after he lost his driver's license Turner and a few business associates flew from Philadelphia to Charlotte in a brutal snowstorm. Landing on a snowpacked runway, his plane was estimated to carry 150 pounds of ice. After the precarious landing, Turner merely said to his passengers, "Hell of a day, ain't it been, boys!" Curtis Turner also recounts Turne

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Alan Hill has accomplished many great things in his long life, including starring in movies and working with the rich and famous alike. With the exception of his family, some of his best years were spent with the true racing maverick, Curtis Turner. Alan was a big Curtis Turner fan who also happened to be Curtis's best friend and treasured business associate. Now retired and living in Indiana with his family, it was Alan's wish to share his incredible life experiences with race fans throughout the world. "Curtis Turner was one of a kind. My Life with Curtis Turner is written to pass along his legend for years to come." -Alan Hill

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