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James Allison; a biography of the engine manufacturer and Indianapolis 500 cofounder.

9780786461653

James Allison; a biography of the engine manufacturer and Indianapolis 500 cofounder.

Whitaker, Sigur E.

McFarland & Co.

2011

224 pages

$35.00

Paperback

TJ140

In the early years of the 20th century, James Allison co-founded a company that manufactured the power source for car headlights. Frustration with the quality of the early American automobile drove Allison and his partners to develop the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to found the Indianapolis 500 race. This biography of the self-made millionaire details Allison's role in the Indianapolis 500 as well as his machine shop's construction of the first mass-produced aircraft engine and production of other aircraft milestones during both World Wars. Although focus is on his career and his manufacturing accomplishments, the book also covers his personal life and marriages, and his philanthropic endeavors. B&w historical photos are included. Author Whitaker, the great-niece of James Allison's first wife, works in banking.

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