FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
*A LIVING HISTORY OF VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - THE EARLY YEARS
- NOW AVAILABLE*
*CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( Jan. 17, 2013)* - Bill King, longtime motorsports
publicist, journalist and race series organizer, has just completed
the first installment of a history of Virginia International Raceway.
â€œThe Early Years (1956-59)â€ covers the history of the southern
Virginia plot of land from the 1800s; its transformation into a very
fast and technical race track; and the first three tumultuous years of
It is available by using the attached order form.
According to King, the history will be published in four serialized
installments, taking us to the present. â€œItâ€™s an unusual presentation
with the four sections being printed in loose-leaf format on 10â€ X 16â€
pages to be clipped into an official binder,â€ he explains. â€œOnce weâ€™re
up to the present, weâ€™ll print a coffee table version for those who
want it. However, weâ€™ll also publish an annual update that can be
clipped into the back of your binder â€" thus, A Living History.
â€œIn Part 1, Iâ€™ve put the trackâ€™s emergence into the context of road
racing in 1950â€™s America,â€ King adds. â€œThere are lots of old photos.
Emphasis is on the founders and on the racing stars of the day, many
of whom were early members of the Road Racing Drivers Club â€" Walt
Hansgen, Briggs Cunningham, Carroll Shelby, Dick Thompson, Bob
Holbert, Roger Penske, Gaston Andrey, Ed Crawford, Charlie Wallace,
Doc Wyllie, Fred Windridge, Frank Dominianni, Frank Baptista, Paul
Oâ€™Shea and a dozen others.
â€œIâ€™m starting work on â€œPart 2, The Rembold Yearsâ€ that will take us to
the trackâ€™s closing in 1974. Paul Rembold was the promoter. Iâ€™m hoping
to have this section done by late summer."
*About Bill King: *
Bill King, who resides in Charlotte, N.C., is a longtime publicist,
marketer, journalist and race series organizer, working for Nick Craw,
Leo Mehl, Paul Pfanner and Roger Werner. He was the original program
manager for the SCCA Spec Racer/Sports Renault in â€™84, and created the
Playboy Endurance Series (now World Challenge) from a clean sheet of
paper in â€˜85. He was the PR manager for Goodyear Racing from â€™86-â€™92;
contributing editor and special projects manager for RACER from
â€™94-â€˜01; general manager, Speedvision.com, from â€™99-â€™01; and business
development for Swift Engineering and Morse Measurements. He received
the 1976 Area III John C. Reuter Award. King's amateur racing career
was highlighted by the SEDIV SSB title in '76. He was instrumental in
launching the Renault Cup in '82. He's a member of the Road Racing
Drivers Club and is the rrdc. org webmaster.