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Author: Michael Argetsinger
Format: Hardcover, 8 3/8” by 9”, 400 pages
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ISBN: 1-893618-54-4
Price: $225.00
Walt Hansgen (The Publisher's Edition) Walt Hansgen (The Publisher's Edition)
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.

The Publisher’s Edition was produced for the benefit of the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, which receives all the proceeds. Together they represent a veritable "Who's Who" in American racing, including Cameron Argetsinger, John Bishop, John Fitch, Dan Gurney, Bea Hansgen, John Mecom, and Augie Pabst.

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.

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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.

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.


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

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

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