Book Details
Author: Michael Argetsinger
Format: Hardcover, 8 3/8” by 9”, 400 pages
Photos: 140 black & white photos and 15 color photos
ISBN: 1-893618-54-4
Price: $49.95
Walt Hansgen Walt Hansgen
His Life and the History of Post-War American Road Racing

Michael Argetsinger, 1944-2015
Please see an appreciation of our late friend and author here.

Walt Hansgen was a star in both sports cars and single-seaters, and his meteoric career carried him from the early days of amateur road racing to the very highest level of professional competition in America and Europe.

As the lead driver on Briggs Cunningham’s dominant team, and later John Mecom’s team, Walt evaluated and developed race cars working closely with Jaguar, Lister, Maserati, and Ford. At different points in his career he paired with Dan Gurney, Stirling Moss, John Fitch, Archie Scott Brown, and Augie Pabst on circuits as far-flung as Watkins Glen, Le Mans, Silverstone, Sebring, and Road America. Walt was a relentless competitor, but his sense of fairness and camaraderie made him respected by his peers and a leader in the sport. For many up-and-coming racers, including Mark Donohue, Walt was a crucial mentor.

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The 1950s and 1960s were a time of tremendous change in racing. In this exciting, fast-paced biography author Michael Argetsinger shows how Walt’s life encompassed the conflict between amateur and professional racing, the extraordinary advances in technology, and the joyful ambition of his era. The result is a vivid account of the remarkable history of post-war American road racing.

Also available: The Publisher’s Edition of Walt Hansgen: His Life and the History of Post-War American Road Racing is signed by a veritable “Who’s Who” in American racing, including Cameron Argetsinger, John Bishop, John Fitch, Dan Gurney, Bea Hansgen, John Mecom, Augie Pabst, and the author. All proceeds will benefit the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen. This edition is offered in a numbered series limited to just 150. $225. Numbers 1-50 are bound in superior garment-quality leather. $375.

Read the reviews

Argetsinger…has met [his] task superbly. Highly recommended
—Road & Track

A worthy tribute to [Hansgen], and to a vanished era.

An incredibly in-depth and revealing picture of Hansgen’s remarkable life
—Vintage Racecar

Kudos to David Bull for publishing this thumping 400 page hardback
—Motor Sport

A redlined ride. You’ll love it
—Vintage Motorsport

A fascinating story of a man who very clearly left his mark
—BRDC Bulletin

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