Finally, after multiple delays (a whole book itself!), we can say that pre-orders are now being taken for Yanks book sets (Vol. I-III), shipping from the printer after the first of year year (2019)! Thanks for your patience, but from the comments and reviews we've seen and will soon publish, well worth the wait.
Due to even more amazing images, many not seen before, and thus more pages, the first publication will now be split into three volumes per boxed set, not two, though the same time span, 1923-1979, will be covered. That's the good news. The bad news is, due to circumstances beyond our control (a delay in the delivery of promised images from one source) unfortunately, Yanks will not be available for delivery before Christmas as originally planned. But the wait will be worth it, we promise!
Author Tim Considine leaves, Monday, June 12 for Le Mans to officially announce publication of the first two volumes of Twice Around the Clock - The Yanks at Le Mans. "It's the perfect time," said Considine, "it's the 50th anniversary of what is still unarguably the high point of American international motor racing — the Dan Gurney / AJ Foyt / Ford win in 1967 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. AJ will be there, as well as the winning Ford Mk. IV." The product of 26 years of research and interviews, as well as six years of writing, Yanks is a multi-volume personal history told from the point of view of Americans who competed at the world famous French classic, often in their own voices.
"Twice Around the Clock: The Yanks at Le Mans" is in production and Volumes I, II and III (1923-1979) will be published in the winter of 2017.
"We had a lot to learn – a lesson that the foremost European manufacturers have learned since, i.e. that to be successful at Le Mans it takes several years of competition to develop a car that will respond satisfactorily to the demands of the circuit for 24 hours of continuous high-speed driving."
"I was sorry when I lost the car, but later, after I had come into the pits, my co-driver Freddy Wacker said, ‘Boy, am I glad I didn’t have to get in that car again!'."
"We were faster than anybody. If we’d had a spoiler on the back end it would probably have made a difference, but no one had thought of that sort of thing yet. We thought it was a pretty clean body and it was – it was too clean."
"I overcooked it at the end of the Mulsanne... I was trying to follow Briggs Cunningham in the rain around that tricky, nasty 120-degree turn and ended up in the sandbank. It took me about 45 minutes to dig myself out."
"Yeah, we had first nailed until, oh, sometime Sunday morning. I came flying down toward Indianapolis, hit the binders – I ain’t got none! I write my name about three times in each direction (doing tank-slappers) and didn’t hit anything."