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.
Library of Congress Control Number:
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.