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Sox & Martin: The Most Famous Team in Drag Racing (edition 2016)

by Jim Schild (Author)

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Title:Sox & Martin: The Most Famous Team in Drag Racing
Authors:Jim Schild (Author)
Info:CarTech (2016), 176 pages

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Sox & Martin: The Most Famous Team in Drag Racing by Jim Schild



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Book is a good and enjoyable read detailing both personnel and race team histories. Provides a good look as to what it took to be a successful drag race team.

The book does have some captions errors – on pages 84 and 97 the picture clearly shows a 1971 Cuda Grill while the caption calls out a 1972 Cuda.

I would have liked to see more pictures or information on some of the lesser known or used Sox & Martin team cars, such as the 1970 Superbird (only 1 picture page 78) that raced both with or without the hood scoop, along with customer cars that the team built or worked on.

Still this is a good book, with a nice mix of historical data, team race records, detail of race cars, quality pictures and concludes with the teams later years and Legacy – Recommended as a car guy, not people history guy. Thank you for access as Early Reviewer. ( )
  ensclauren | Nov 6, 2016 |
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SOX & MARTIN: The Most Famous Team In Drag Racing by Jim Schild and published by CarTech books is just another fine example of this company’s dedication to keeping the history of racing alive. Mr. Schild has gathered together a mountain of research, interviews and revealing photographs in this grand depiction of two guys from humble beginnings who ran the gamut from tyros to the track to kings of victory lane.
Mr. Schild has been around racing, cars and drivers for the vast majority of his live and his history has allowed him access to the inner workings of the Sox and Martin team, thereby allowing for a great depiction of these racers from the Carolinas. The interviews from behind the scenes depict not only the well-oiled machine this duo became, but why it was allowed to happen, as well as depictions of the players behind the scenes.
One of the great things about the CarTech books that I have read is the ability of the authors to stay on topic. A lesser company without the drive needed to maintain focus on a particular topic might have found itself wandering away from the race track and into the personal lives of those involved, the family dramas and heartaches that fall into every life. Sox & Martin provides telling details of the early lives of this pair and some of the ‘away from the track’ details of family life, but it never loses focus on the asphalt, burning tires and Christmas trees inherent to driving through the fifties, sixties and beyond.
The successes are highlighted along with some of the terrible losses that occur to every team, and the cars that were run are detailed in the exacting nature readers hope for but seldom find dramatised in the copious detail provided herein.
SOX & MARTIN by Jim Schild takes pride of place on my racing bookshelf. I highly recommend this book to racing aficionados and those with just a casual interest in the workings of a great partnership alike.
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  TomDonaghey | May 15, 2016 |
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I absolutely loved this book! This is a top-notch, comprehensive look at the most famous team in drag racing history! This book is jam-packed with beautiful photos. I highly recommend this book to be added to your drag racing library! ( )
  MelissaBorsey | Apr 27, 2016 |
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A biography of the drag racing team Sox & Martin that covers them starting at their childhood. The first professional team that we all loved to see come to our tracks. This is so full of wonderful photographs that this could almost be considered a coffee/table top book. ( )
  mramos | Apr 21, 2016 |
This is a well written history of the most famous Drag Racing Team in history. Many people may know drivers name but in this case fans know the name of the entire Sox & Martin Team. A comprehensive biography of Ronnie Sox and Buddy Martin introduction to racing and their career. The influences on their life, the history of the cars and the events they participated in. The book is also chocked full of photos. This is a must have book for any drag racing fan. ( )
  hermit | Apr 21, 2016 |
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