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Herb "Tootle" Estes:
The Little Engine That Could
Author Gary L. Parker
ISBN 978-1-935186-82-3
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 5.5" x 8.5" softcover; 80 pages on arcival paper; 164 phtographs $19.95
Availability September 2016
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1517 Maxwell Road
chattanooga, Tennessee 37412
Other Books by this author:
Red Clay and Dust: The Evolution of Southern Dirt Racing
The Rock-em Sock-em Travelin"' Sideways Dirt Show
Buck Simmons: The Living Legend
Biography of Herb "Tootle" Estes, Southern auto racing legend. Estes started his career in a midget, then raced jalopies, sportsmans, modifieds, and skeeters. As NASCAR became popular during the 1950's, he drove in every division of that series, ending his career in the popular dirt late models. 164 photographs.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2016915147

Cover art by Kent Harralson

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




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. Tootle was a multi-talented driver who raced about every kind of race car with four wheels. According to some, he won over 1200 races, including between 300 and 400 in the late model ranks. He is a true Southern racing legend who has secured his rightful place in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Florence, Kentucky.

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.

About the Author:
Gary L. Parker, racing historian, has been around the sport of dirt late model racing for over 50 years. He has written a number of articles for such racing publications as, Dirt Late Model Magazine.
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