Curtis Turner

Curtis Turner

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Curtis Turner won an incredible 360 races in various stock-car racing circuits from 1946 to 1965, and is widely recognized as one of the greatest dirt-tack drivers in history. A true pioneer of the sport, Turner went from running moonshine for his father as a kid to earning the distinction of NASCAR's first driver to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. A 1992 inductee into International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Turner is without a doubt an all-time racing legend.It was more than Turner's winning ways that cemented his legendary status with racing fans and fellow drivers. With a swashbuckling style both on and off the track, Turner was a partier, a playboy, and an innovative entrepreneur, who had an eager but edgy spirit that a€œdrove him through one of the most cantankerous lives ever lived.a€ Told through the eyes of best friend and business associate Alan Hill, Curtis Turner: NASCAR'S First Bad Boy reveals never-before-told stories from Turner's life, a life Hill describes as a€œmomentous havoc.a€ From outrunning police during his moonshine days to out-racing NASCAR's best drivers (including one year where he won a record 25 NASCAR events), Turner's skill and moxie never waned behind the wheel. He earned the nickname a€œPopsa€ for his propensity to a€œpopa€ other drivers on the track. Turner attempted to organize a drivers' union in 1961, earning a lifetime ban from NASCAR. (The ban was lifted in 1965.) Yet, off the track was where the real mayhem occurred. In one tragically foreshadowing story, Hill recounts one of Turner's several brush-with-death experiences in the cockpit. An avid pilota€”an indispensable hobby after he lost his driver's licensea€”Turner and a few business associates flew from Philadelphia to Charlotte in a brutal snowstorm. Landing on a snowpacked runway, his plane was estimated to carry 150 pounds of ice. After the precarious landing, Turner merely said to his passengers, a€œHell of a day, ain't it been, boys!a€ Curtis Turner also recounts Turner's entrepreneurial zeal. A self-made millionaire buying and selling timberland, Turner often sought experimental ways to supplement his income, including his ill-fated attempt to broker a deal for The Ford Motor Company to purchase advertising space on U.S. Currency.Hill also poignantly recounts Turner's final plane crash on October 4, 1970, the day a€œLady Luck kissed my hero goodbye.a€ Curtis Turner is a tale of a remarkable life and an ode to a missed friend.The back grandstand was planned for 16, 000 seats, but only 8, 000 were finished. ... Charlotte Motor Speedway, as conceived by Curtis Turner, became a personal, cherished, and distinctive symbol to many ... one of the biggest racetrack owners of all time with over six tracks, including the beautiful Texas Motor Speedway.

Title:Curtis Turner
Author:Alan Hill, Dennis Treece
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2007-03-01


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