Weekend Heroes

a beautiful story

Weekend Heroes is about sports car drivers, spectators and enthusiasts that made the scene in California in the 1950s. This scene saw life in the late ’40s when a bunch of guys and gals wanted to go racing. The group they created then is strong and active to this day with a name that still resonates – the California Sports Car Club, better known as Cal Club. But not only Cal Club races are covered in Weekend Heroes – also SCCA sanctioned events like March Field, Pebble Beach and Bakersfield are present as are side-show gatherings like the English Trials at Owl’s Roost and Rudy Cleye’s Blarney Castle festival. Experience the evolution of cars and venues from the earliest event covered (Palm Springs March 1952) to the very first meeting at Riverside in September 1957. See new drivers like Ricardo Rodriguez arrive on the scene or older backyard Specials being modified to stand competition from the popular and powerful foreign machinery.
This fascinating book is not merely nostalgia; those early years truly were magical – filled with special cars and special people who have genuinely become our Weekend Heroes.


Weekend Heroes captures the events from 1952 to 1957 in 700 pages, filled with 370 fabulous and vivid color photos and 189 fascinating black&whites. About 98% of these rare and desirable photographs – the work of amateur photographers like Joe Smith, Bob Lytle, Al Long and Bob Gurr – have not been previously published. The images are accompanied by the race reports and stories published in enthusiast journals of the day.
Print run is strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies and this book represents a serious addition to any motoring enthusiast’s library.

700 pages
370 color photographs
189 black&white photographs
format 302 x 252 mm
weight about 4.6 kg
hard cover with protective slipcase
five color litho
limited and numbered edition (0001 – 1000)
text in English
introduction by Bill Pollack

ISBN 9789080119734

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