The 1928 quest for the Land Speed Record on the sands of Daytona Beach was a first for America, a singular mix of technology, thrills and tragedy. Tens of thousands lined the dunes along the beach, a crowd larger than any yet seen at Indianapolis 500. Three contenders, two Americans and a Briton, raced for the ultimate distance-averaged top speed, in magnificent machines built by different schools of design. This book chronicles the high-speed drama. The top American driver, Frank Lockhart, 25, survived a spectacular accident and rebuilt his Stutz Black Hawk, only to meet his fate in the new runs. The facts and myths behind the competition are examined in depth for the first time, along with the innovations and fatal mistakes of vehicle design.
Aldo Zana is an Italian motor historian and journalist. He began writing articles for motor magazines in the 1960s as a freelance editor of Autosprint and Rombo magazines developing an inclination towards history and historic cars and races. Since the late 1980s, he has become a regular contributor to Italian and foreign historic car publications. He is a member of SAH, Speed Record Club (UK), Aisa (Italian Association of Motor Historians), the Museum and History Commission of ASI (Italian National Historic Car and Bike Association), and Ugis (Italian Science Journalist Guild). He lives in Milano, Italy.