Friday, February 1, 2019

"Echoes From The Glen" Available Now



                                         1976 Formula 1 Grand Prix - Watkins Glen



For Immediate Release:  "Echoes From The Glen", Reflections Of Race Fans After Forty Years is now in the warehouse and available for purchase!

"Echoes From The Glen" is unlike any book on motor racing you may have read in that it is written by fans describing the fan experience of attending Formula 1 (and other) races in the '70's and 80's at one of the world's iconic race tracks, Watkins Glen. It will grab the attention and rekindle memories of those readers that were around 40+ years ago, and it will grab the attention of younger fans that want a look into the past and see a whole different world of attending races in those golden years of Formula 1. And you will love the several photos of the 1976 US Grand Prix, that cold October day when Niki Lauda and James Hunt put on a show for the fans as each was trying to clinch the World Championship. And you will laugh at the stories of "Bud Man" and The Pabst Blue Ribbon Gang.

So if you like drama, emotion, and history, on the part of the drivers and want to read about humor, hilarity and silliness on the part of the fans combined with wonderful archival photography on high quality paper, this book is for you and it will claim a permanent spot on your coffee table.

Here's a little sample:  "The whole town made you feel like you were very special and lucky to be included in this huge event...What came next was the highlight of the trip for me. I began to get an eerie feeling as if ascending to the top of Mt. Nemrut to see the throne of the gods when we turned right again and wound the engine up for another mile and a half when I saw the outline of the track. Looking again, instead of statutes of gods, I could make out cars on the track practicing for the race. Rolling the window down, I could begin to hear the roar of the engines - oh what sweet sounds. It was thrilling to be at the place where legends were made. We had arrived!"

Here's a couple of reviews by race car drivers:

"As a car enthusiast and racer, I have been lucky enough to race on this great track, a track with so much history. When I drive through the track gate and go through the tunnel I think about how many great racers from the past have driven through there! Paul's book gives insight into how uncomplicated racing and race fans were back then. My friends and I enjoyed the same experiences at Daytona and Sebring at the same time era and I can relate! And yes, the bog is a much more civilized place now. Thank you Paul for a great book! DON ONDREJCAK , Six time (HSR) Historic Sports Car Racing Champion

"What an enjoyable read! Although I was still in the UK during F1 years at the Glen, your reminiscences remind me very much of mine going to Silverstone and Brands Hatch to watch the same magnificent cars. I like the perspective of the book, as it ably captures the period atmosphere and sky high enthusiasm that you and very many others had for the sport. I recall very well that tingle of excitement when hearing a flat 12 Alfa, V12 Ferrari, V12 BRM or V8 Cosworth not to mention my personal favorite, the V12 Matra as you entered the racetrack grounds. "   DAVID PORTER, 1987 National British Champion and career 10 time championship winner 

"Echoes From The Glen", Reflections of Race Fans After Forty Years is now available. You can order by calling 727-744-4830 or email carcamerastory@gmail.com to request a copy. I'm setting up a link on this blog that will be available soon that you can click and place your order as well.
The selling price through this website is $34.99 plus shipping and any applicable sales tax. Typical shipping cost for one book in the US is $3.27.  A 10% discount is applied for orders of 2 or more books.

                                  Brought to you by: Paul Ziegler, Author and Publisher
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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Rolex 24 At Daytona And The Missing Alonso

A rainy end to a historic race. The headline story is that Fernando Alonso joined  Wayne Taylor Racing and that proved to be a smart move for him and WTR because he contributed to winning one of the most prestigious sports car races in the world today.  Add to that he was on the winning team at Le Mans last June and it bodes well for the fact he will be racing in the Indy 500 in May. Not bad for retiring last year from Formula 1.

I arrived at the Rolex Friday at 8:00AM and have many great photos to share. I met some great race fans and enjoyed technical tips on using post photo software with Steve from LA while snapping shots along the fence. That's the nice part about the racing fan community - everyone is your friend.  And I also want to comment on how clean the infield area was.  Hardly a piece of paper or trash out of place which is amazing for an event this large. Fans and grounds crew alike really make efforts to keep the place respectable.

So I'll start my gallery with a little humor and imagination.   Enjoy the pics.

Fernando, is that you?

We've been looking for him- he's not in the car.


Roger, You didn't try to get him to drive for you, did you?


 
No, He's hiding in disguise on the Fan Deck!   Maybe

On to the pictures:
















Congratulations!

Hope you enjoyed the action. Stay tuned for more pictures in future posts.




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carcamerastory.com and the new book
"Echoes From The Glen"
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Monday, January 21, 2019

What's You Carrying Horses? That's Right 600 of Them!

This is a post about horses and that was a line that caught my attention when listening to a YouTube video on the life of racing champion, Graham Hill.  At 11:52 into the video you will hear a girl that was hitch hiking ask the question when given a lift by the BRM team transport, the team Graham drove for at that time. If you have any interest at all in Formula 1 racing, you should see the video; it is excellent and will open your eyes to a world of racing far different than today.

You see, Graham Hill came from nowhere to being the only man ever to win motor racing's 'Triple Crown' - The Formula 1 World Championship twice, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of LeMans! An achievement never before or after him has ever been done. That's a club of one in all of history!

Click here to see the video:

Graham Hill, Racing Legend

So it is only fitting that with all this talk of horses that I show you some and at the same time tell you about my first visit to a polo match, complete with a tailgate party with members from two Alfa Romeo clubs getting together in Sarasota, FL.

Here are horses and cars with lots of horses:   Enjoy the pictures.



Red seems to be the color of the day.  Tailgate time Alfa Romeo Club members!


The game begins.



 





                              They even had Clydesdales to give kids a ride on the wagon.
                                         
Divit stomping, wagon rides, parading your dog all during half time.

Cars with lots of horses, of course.

See You Next Time, my Alfa Romeo Friends!


Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Author of "Echoes From The Glen", and 
Publisher of Carcamerastory.com
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

What's A MERA?

January 19, 2019.   Nineteen nineteen day.   While waiting to head to the Rolex 24 Hour race in a few days, I took my Alfa Romeo Giulia to du Pont Registry's Cars and Coffee this morning. There I got to see a real live MERA.   A 1988 MERA.

 


A MERA is a Pontiac Fiero converted into the gorgeous car seen here.  The fellow that brought the MERA to Cars and Coffee this morning had just purchased it a few days ago and  was happy to show the crowd his new Ferrari-looking find.  I took a double take myself and when I heard it was a Pontiac Fiero based car, was blown away.  My daughter had a Fiero in the early '90's, red just like this one. But it didn't look like this!

So here's the pictures that I happened to photograph of a real Ferrari 328 ( which is almost identical to the 308) and the MERA. It is amazing how good a job they did on this 'replica'.

If you want to know more, click on this link:

Click Here:  MERA Article



                                          MERA                                                    MERA


Ferrari 


MERA

Ferrari

                                                             CONFUSING!  YEP



And if you want to see more Ferraris, check out my new book, Echoes from The Glen. It is being released as this is written and if you want a copy, call me at 727-744-4830 or email carcamerastory@gmail.com.  I'm offering pre-production discounts now.


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Paul Ziegler, Publisher



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vacation Ramblings and Car Club Activity




                             

I am now back in Florida after two trips to New York in as many months to finish work and begin promoting my new book "Echoes From The Glen",  Reflections of Race Fans After Forty Years. I met some incredible motoring enthusiasts in my travels. I also visited Watkins Glen twice, stopping by various places including the Seneca Lodge, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Franklin Street Gallery.  The highlight though was stopping by the International Motor Racing Research Center to chat with track historian, Bill Green who is considered the guru of motor racing history. I was totally impressed by his encyclopedic knowledge of a broad variety of topics on racing going back decades.

Other highlights of the trip included having coffee with SVRA racer Steve Rauh who tracks a couple of Alfa Romeo GTV's, enjoying lunch and reminiscing with artist William Gillespie,  having a few cold ones with seminal race fan Jeff Hume who has been an SCCA member since 1959 and having breakfast with 'Bud Man', Jeff Washburn who contributed to my book. The final highlight that was a real pleasure was having lunch and some PBR's with four of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Gang members in Auburn, NY. The gang's activities from days gone by are included in the book. I was a gang member for a day!

                                     The Pabst Blue Ribbon Gang- Lunch in Auburn, NY

All of the above added to the atmosphere of nostalgia that flows forth when I unveiled to these folks the book 'Echoes From The Glen'.

But alas, it is winter and looking out the family room window in our Mendon, NY home only produced a yearning for spring as I stared out at ice sickles and snow on our back deck. Spring was still over two months away.  But to ease the wait if you are in a similar climate, here's a must watch video that will occupy your time and take you into the world of racing as it was in the '50's.  It will also give you an appreciation for the feat Cameron Argetsinger achieved by bringing sports car racing to the United States through a little town called Watkins Glen when he created the Watkins Glen Grand Prix in 1948. And that paved the way for him to eventually bring Formula 1 racing there in 1961!

Click below for a wonderful video:

The Story of Sir Stirling Moss

Here's a few more pics from my journey, including pictures from lunch when arriving back home in Florida with another gang, the Tampa Bay Café Racers.  It sure was a nice welcome home to have lunch with the Café Racers!

Robert Gillespie Mural ' Tribute To An Era' in Watkins Glen


Spotted on my drive to Auburn, NY

A brilliant example of an E Type- Café Racers lunch.

All makes and models welcome at Café Racers

America vs Germany

A rare BMW

A pretty face!


Impeccable Jaguar Style!

See You At The Next Race 

Available now by calling  +1 727-744-4830 or email carcamerastory@gmail.com 


Hope you enjoyed the update- On to the Rolex 24 at Daytona January 24th!

Paul Ziegler, Publisher of "Echoes From The Glen"
and Carcamerastory.com
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