Fireball: Legends Don't Fall From the Sky
This is not a racing book. This is the story of an complex and amazing individual who happened to be one of the greatest race car drivers of his time. The glory days of racing serve as the back drop for a stormy love triangle that was the talk of the tiny resort village of Daytona Beach during the late 50’s and early ‘60s
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts was the first modern superstar of stock car racing. He was truly ahead of his time and already a legend in his late 20’s. Unfortunately, for the woman he loved and the racing community, his time ran out far too early.
Godwin Kelly became enamored with this story while working on a special feature story for the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s coverage of the 2004 July race. During the research, he discovered there was much more to Glenn Roberts than the "Fireball" persona the public saw.
Godwin Kelly breathes life into one of the sport’s greatest drivers and most colorful characters. -- David Poole, February, 2005
From the Publisher
Carbon Press was founded by legendary mechanic, inventor and racer Smokey Yunick. He wanted to ensure that his autobiography was published just as he wrote it - the real stories with no worries about making things politically correct.
Given the fact that Fireball Roberts driving Smokey Yunick prepared cars was one of the most feared combinations in the early days of racing, it seemed only fitting that Carbon Press should publish the first biography of Glenn "Fireball" Roberts. David Poole sums it up in his comments on the book, which appeared on the back cover:
NASCAR’s history is filled with legends, and in his book Godwin Kelly breathes life into one of the sport’s greatest drivers and most colorful characters. Glenn "Fireball" Roberts was, as the nickname suggests, a bright comet who graced stock car racing’s skies at a critical point in the sport’s history and then, tragically, had his career and his life cut short. For fans who’ve heard Roberts’ name but don’t know his story, Kelly writes expertly and entertainingly about a complicated man and his complicated life. – David Poole, Charlotte Observer
From the Author
Godwin Kelly on the origin of FIREBALL: During the summer of 2004, while researching Fireball Roberts for several newspaper stories on the 40th anniversary of his death, I realized no one had ever done a biography on this man. That’s when I got excited. This was like tripping over a rock in the desert, stumbling into a catacomb and finding a lost treasure. Fireball Roberts was an amazing man who lived an extraordinary life. Four decades after the placement of his tombstone, Fireball’s friends, associates and co-workers still show their raw emotions for this man, who was anything but a typical stock car driver of his day. Mischievous, spirited and fun loving, yet educated, quiet and detached, Fireball was a man living two lives at the same time. I felt compelled, almost duty bound, to fill in the missing blanks about the man and the myth he left behind.
Most helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
from the dirt to asphalt and on to the track in the heavens
By Charles Hall
I was twelve years old when Fireball left us but I remember sending him a letter after his crash.To a young race fan like I was and still am a race fan how could you not get attached to a person called Fireball. After reading this book I know a lot more about the driver who changed the world of stock car racing.got to admit there were a few times I had to dry my eyes.still have the pain today just as I do for Davy Allison and still wonder today how do get so attached to someone you never met in person. The only answer I can come up with we share the love and passion for our racing heroes just as much as they loved to drive and WIN!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
great service, poor book
By Tommy C. Bartlett
Exactly as described, good packaging, fact shipping. Unfortunately, the book itself is poorly organized, contains too much sensationalism, tasteless language, and contains very little actual history.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Fireball the man and how it affected his racing.
By Darrel Drumm
Fireball Roberts was a professional race-car driver, it said so right on his driver's license. This book is more about his personal life than many folks would like, they would like to ignore the facts of his marital split, his girl-friend, and his escapades. Well, they are just part of what made Fireball who he was--a man who raced cars. The major problem I have with this book is the photographs without captions. They leave me wondering "Who were these people," "Where was this race?," "Which year was this?" etc. Obviously written with input from Judy Judge, his girl-friend and fiance, but not Fireball's first wife and his late daughter, it is a little one-sided. I hope that another book comes out that Pam, his daughter, was working on. It would show another side of him, I'm sure.