Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 - Art Garner

Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500

By Art Garner

  • Release Date - Published: 2014-05-06
  • Book Genre: Motor Sports
  • Author: Art Garner
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 51 Ratings)

Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 Art Garner read online review & book description:

Winner of the 2014 Dean Batchelor Award, Motor Press Guild "Book of the Year"

Before noon on May 30th, 1964, the Indy 500 was stopped for the first time in history by an accident. Seven cars had crashed in a fiery wreck, killing two drivers, and threatening the very future of the 500.

Black Noon chronicles one of the darkest and most important days in auto-racing history. As rookie Dave MacDonald came out of the fourth turn and onto the front stretch at the end of the second lap, he found his rear-engine car lifted by the turbulence kicked up from two cars he was attempting to pass. With limited steering input, MacDonald lost control of his car and careened off the inside wall of the track, exploding into a huge fireball and sliding back into oncoming traffic.

Closing fast was affable fan favorite Eddie Sachs. "The Clown Prince of Racing" hit MacDonald's sliding car broadside, setting off a second explosion that killed Sachs instantly. MacDonald, pulled from the wreckage, died two hours later.

After the track was cleared and the race restarted, it was legend A. J. Foyt who raced to a decisive, if hollow, victory. Torn between elation and horror, Foyt, along with others, championed stricter safety regulations, including mandatory pit stops, limiting the amount a fuel a car could carry, and minimum-weight standards.

In this tight, fast-paced narrative, Art Garner brings to life the bygone era when drivers lived hard, raced hard, and at times died hard. Drawing from interviews, Garner expertly reconstructs the fateful events and decisions leading up to the sport's blackest day, and the incriminating aftermath that forever altered the sport.

Black Noon remembers the race that changed everything and the men that paved the way for the Golden Age of Indy car racing.

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Posted Reviews

  • Excellent read

    By jrbgbp
    As an 18 year old sitting in the theatre watching everything unfold, this book put what I saw that day in a perspective I had never read before.
  • Black Noon

    By Coto jeff
    A sad but very well written book about the darkest day in Indy 500 history. I could not put it down. A must have for any racing fan especially those fans who crave all knowledge about the "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing".

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