Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR is the fantastic, true story of the origins of America’s most popular form of automobile racing. The author is Neal Thompson, a well-known and highly respected non-fiction author whose work is characterised by enthralling, fast paced stories, vivid characters and fastidious attention to detail.
Although it might be a big call, I consider this to be the best book on the origins of NASCAR and even if you don’t like the racing series or know nothing about it, it’s an essential read.
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Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with well over a million monthly readers from around the world and many hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.