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Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice.

Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice

Eric Dregni

Motor Books

c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA

400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722

9780760367117, $24.99, PB, 144pp,

Synopsis: Until 1949, resurfacing an ice rink required an ungainly tractor-pulled shaver followed by three or four workers scooping away the shavings and then spraying and squeegeeing water. The process (including the refreezing) took more than an hour, as skaters or hockey players waited patiently. That all changed when a tireless inventor by the name of Frank J. Zamboni (who also happened to own a skating rink in Southern California) put his mind to creating a quality sheet of ice in a shorter time.

The story of the machines the Zamboni Company has produced (and which continues to be beloved among sports enthusiasts as ice skates and hockey pucks) is fully told in Eric Dregni's "Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice", a fun-filled history of machine-age ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that forever changed the nature of ice sports.

Inside this official illustrated story, created with the cooperation of the Zamboni Company, you'll be greeted by a wealth of visual material from their archives. Readers will learn about: The early development of Zamboni ice-resurfacing machines; How they work and have evolved over the years; The story behind figure-skating legend Sonja Henie's personal Zamboni ice resurfacers; Anecdotes from drivers; Stories behind paint schemes; Colorful tales about Zamboni ice resurfacer drivers--and so much more!

Featured are the design and workings of the latest models, such as the world's first OEM lithium-ion-powered ice resurfacer, along with fun new Zamboni tales and milestones, like the 12,000th machine delivered and the 2018 formation of Zamboni Europe in Sweden. Entertaining sidebars explore the appeal of Zamboni machines, go inside Zamboni facilities, examine the company's other less-well-known machines, and highlight Zamboni machines' television and film "roles."

"Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice" offers skating sports enthusiasts of all ages a fun-filled and informative look at one of the most beloved machines on four wheels!

Critique: Unique, informative, profusely illustrated, and an inherently fascinating red from cover to cover, "Zamboni: The Coolest Machines on Ice" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of all ice skating and ice hockey fans!

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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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