The Last Open Road
By Burt Levy
The cult-classic original. A coming-of-age story about a 19 year-old New Jersey gas station mechanic learning about life, love and the joys and perils of motor racing in the Eisenhower fifties. The flat-out fastest, funniest, most true-to-life racing story every written.
This is the first novel in The Last Open Road series.
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"The Last Open Road. He had to publish it privately as it was turned down by “virtually every major fiction publisher in the country.” Many of them liked it, but stated that there was no market for car fiction. They were right about the car-fiction market, but they were wrong about Levy, in more ways than one. His writing can attract the attention of even those who have no general interest in automobiles...as long as they have a smidgen of a sense of humor."
ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE BY: West Peterson, Editor in Chief
"VM's "B.S." Levy, Charles Camp Win Bevy of Racing Writer Awards"
VINTAGE MOTORSPORTS BY: Mike Silverman
"…recalls to mind Catcher in the Rye and Holden Caulfield…"
ROAD & TRACK magazine
" What will grab you about this novel is the voice of its hero, Buddy Palumbo, a working class kid from Passaic who falls in love with cars and the boss's niece (in that order). He is a living, breathing reality from the first paragraph, with a style that is tough, funny and down to earth…Structurally, this book is a lot like opera--Buddy's growing up is the recitative between the races that are the impassioned arias. Even people like me, who don't much care about cars and racing, can understand the obsession by the time they've finished reading…."
MY WORD'S WORTH by Marylaine Block
"I love this book. It's a wonderful story, and the accuracy of the details is amazing!"
1961 World Grand Prix Champion and 3-time LeMans winner Phil Hill