"TV" Tommy Ivo

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DIVDIVIn the early 1960s, Tommy Ivo had the world in the palm of his hands. Still a young man, he was already a star of television and film with a promising Hollywood future ahead of him. Then his producers told him he had to quit drag racing. He quit the entertainment industry instead./divDIV /divThis is the official story of Ivoa€™s incredible life and racing career. Readers will follow a€œTVa€ Tommy as he becomes the most ambitious drag racer in the nation, building his own cars in the garage behind his Burbank home; becoming the first driver to pilot his dragsters to 170, 175, and 180 miles per hour and towing his cars to match races at small-town drag strips across the United States. Always the showman, Ivo pioneered promotional techniques that are today taken for granted. In this regard especially, his impact on the sport cannot be understated, and his legacy is detailed in this incredible bio of one of drag racinga€™s most irrepressible characters. 2011 International Automotive Media Gold Award Winner /divDesigner Steve Swaja drew up this sketch (opposite top) of Ivoa#39;s proposed Dodgetruck hauler. Itwas originally designed ... Ivo figures the entire rig, loaded with barrels of nitro, spare motors, tools, and the dragsters weighed at least 24, 000 pounds. a€œTarzan was fearless in ... a€œTarzan would always complain that while he was driving, he could smell popcorn cooking in the back, a€ said Ivo. Driving the Corvetteanbsp;...

Title:"TV" Tommy Ivo
Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher:Motorbooks - 2011-03-04

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