A Living History of Virginia International Raceway Volume 1: The 20th Century
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A Living History of Virginia International Raceway Volume 1: The 20th Century

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by William J. King

Hard cover, 130 pages

Virginia International Raceway was among the early group of American road courses that sprang up in the mid-1950s to fill a growing need for proper circuits for the burgeoning, post-WWII U.S. sports car market. Each venture was driven by a dream, the most common thread being the desire for a convenient venue to test themselves and their “exotic” cars.

In describing VIR, Sylvia Wilkinson distilled the essence of all of these new race tracks: ‘It’s your favorite country road in captivity.”

A group of enthusiasts in Greensboro, North Carolina, led the effort to create a road circuit in the mid-Atlantic. They found leaseable land in a rolling setting just into Virginia north of Milton, North Carolina. South Bend Farm was soon to be better known as Virginia International Raceway.

The chronicle of VIR’s first 18 years forms a microcosm of road racing for the period, not only on the East Coast but across the country, mirroring the evolution of the sport. Many of the players who populated the early road racing ranks took the sport into the professional sphere.

In his foreword, Sam Posey says, “Here is a book that's authentic, rich in detail, and fun to read.”

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