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Racing to Riverside

The Untold Story of Walt Hane and His G.T. 350

By Brad R. Leach
Print Versions
Price: $25.95

Format: Softcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-63505-112-4
LCCN: 2016910236
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Number of Pages: 165
Publisher: North Loop Books
Publication Date: 10/14/2016

The 1965 R-model Shelby G.T.350 was a rip-snortin’, fire-breathing racing machine. Racing to Riverside tells the tale of one of these iconic American sports cars (“5R103”) and of its driver, Walt Hane, who strove to reach the pinnacle of North American amateur road-racing success.

With Racing to Riverside you ride along as Walt, a bespectacled electrical engineer, and his volunteer crew of friends and family learn how to wring maximum road-racing performance from their G.T. 350, and also have some fun along the way. Ultimately, Walt and his team travel across the country from their home base in Florida to Riverside International Raceway in southern California, where a winner-takes-all race determines the 1966 National Champion. As an underdog entry on a track they had never even seen, they take their shot at road-racing glory.

Richly illustrated with period photographs, and much more than a documentation of racing results, Racing to Riverside reveals what really happened along the way. 

Brad Leach, a retired geologist, lives with his wife, Cindy, in the mountains of Colorado. Brad is a member of the Shelby American Automobile Club, and is an avid vintage racing enthusiast. He is a regular competitor with Colorado’s “Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing” where he drives his 1969 Boss 302 Mustang A/Sedan race car.  Brad has been a good friend of Walt Hane for many years, and has enjoyed competing on track against Walt and his son, Chip, in several vintage racing events.  The Road to Riverside is Brad's first book.

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