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.
Parker has been involved with
late model dirt racing for fifty years. He has worked in the
pits with such racing icons a Jody Ridley and H. E. Vineyard.
He continues writing about his favorite subject, late model dirt
racing. Look for more of his books on dirt racing soon.