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Buck Simmons: The Living Legend
Author Gary L Parker
ISBN 978-1-935186-90-8
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 6 x 9 softcover on archival paper; 130 pages; 100 photos in color and black & white; $22.95
March 2017
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Red Clay and Dust: The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
The Rock-em Sock-em Travelin' Sideways Dirt Show
Herb "Toootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could.
Covers the career of Baldwin, Georgia's, Charles Leroy Simmons, "The Living Legend" of dirt racing. By his mid-teens he was racing against some of the best drivers in the South, in jalopies, modifieds, skeeters, and then dirt late models. Simmons went on to score 1,012 career wins, and a place in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Features 100 photographs is color and black&white.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2017903833

Cover, type and design by Karen Paul Stone

SPO028000 Sports & Recreation - Motor Sports
SPO019000 Sports & Recreation - History
TRA001050 Transportation: Automotive - History
HIS036120 History: United States - South









. . In the early 1960's a teenager by the name of Charles Leroy Simmons began driving the water truck on Satur-days at the Banks County (GA) Speedway. A short while later he began his journey, as a driver, into the dirt rac-ing world. Simmons drove jalopies, modifieds, super modifieds, skeeters, and dirt late models to 1,012 check-ered flags.
. . In 2001 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. The year 2003 saw him climb out of his famous #41 for the last time. By then he was known to the dirt racing world as "The living Legend."
. . Buck Simmons: The Living Legend includes many pictures by award winning photographers such as David Allio, Gene Lefler, Robert Turner, and Tony Hammett.

About the Author:
Gary Parker racing historian, has been around the sport of dirt late model racing for over 50 years. He is a voting member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and is a contributor to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. He holds a masters degree in anthropology from Vermont College and a PhD. in anthropology from City University of Los Angeles. He lives with his wife, Elaine, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bill Holder, a writer and founder of The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, says Parker's first book, RED CLAY AND DUST is the "Holy Grail" of books on the evolution of the dirt late model.

Parker's second book, THE ROCK-EM, SOCK-EM, TRAVELIN' SIDEWAYS DIRT SHOW, is a history of the first national touring series for dirt late models. The National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) was the dream of Kingsport, Tennessee's Robert Smawley, a visionary racing promoter who was clearly years ahead of his time. This is a must read for any dirt race fan.

HERB "TOOTLE" ESTES: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD, is Parker's third book. It follows the career of a unique racing legend, Knoxville, Tennessee's Herb "Tootle" Estes.


Other books by this Author

  • Red Clay and Dust: The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
    ISBN: 978-1-935186-61-8
    Library of Congress Control Number: 2015911265
  • The Rock-em, Sock-em, Travelin' Sideways Dirt Show:
    A History of Robert Smawley's NDRA
    ISBN: 978-1-935186-69-4
    Library of Congress Control Number: 2016900468
  • Herb "Tootle" Estes: The Little Engine That Could
    ISBN: 978-1-935186-82-3. Library of Congress Number: 2016915147
  • Parker has also written a number of articles for such racing publications such as, Dirt Late Model Magazine.
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