KING OF THE BOARDS
|By Gary Doyle|
|Ralph De Palma: Gentleman Champion by Gary Doyle|
De Palma: Gentleman Champion
A new book
by Gary Doyle ©
Ralph De Palma
was one of the greatest race car drivers of all time. He was a champion
on the early American road courses, won during the speedway era and may
have been the best dirt track racer in the history of the sport. He was
one of the few American drivers to compete successfully in Europe before
World War II, racing in three French and the first Italian Grand Prix.
His competitive career lasted from 1907 to 1934, driving a host of
different race machines. After retirement, until his death, he remained
part of the sport as its most recognizable ambassador.
emigrating to America with his family from Italy in the 1890s, Ralph’s
life was part of and concurrent with the monumental changes American
culture and society experienced as economics, reform, immigration and
war shaped the country’s history.
Affected by all of it he pursued fame and fortune through his
chosen profession…piloting race cars.
Unlike many of his contemporaries and friends he survived the
inhospitable cockpits of the early balky race cars and later, drove the
high tech Duesenbergs and Millers that defined modern American open
wheel racing. Through it all Ralph was a professional. His racing
operations were first class and he always acted with great sportsmanship
De Palma is 384
pages on 80# matte paper with 300 varnished historic photographs
and 20 paintings, many
unpublished from 25 different collections. As in the Murphy book there
is artwork to add interest, color and drama. Unlike the King
of the Boards, where several artists were utilized, Gentleman Champion is illustrated by Peter Helck and Peter
Hearsey. Helck, of course, focused much of his work on De Palma’s
exploits while Hearsey is tackling new subject matter. The first edition is limited to 1,500
copies individually numbered and signed. For collectors there is a
slip-cased version comprising the first 200 copies.
For further information contact Gary Doyle.
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