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Elkhart Lake "Road America 500" - September 1957

Luigi Chinetti crew refueling the 315S Ferrari driven to win by Phil Hill - John Edgar Photo

Motorsport journalism is a major focus of my services with Edgar Motorsport (EM), while the Edgar Motorsport Archive (EMA) continues to maintain an extensive collection of period motorsport photographs. 

EMA has preserved many hundreds of sports car racing images from the golden era of the sport during the 1950s.  This collection began with my father John Edgar's own photographs and those he gathered and kept during his years as a pioneer and major team owner in sports car racing in the United States following World War II.  

This legacy has been carried forward by adding to my father's collection, and by bringing in new photographs from my own work and others.  The result is a varied and extensive selection that has been made available for media use on a license fee basis for a number of years now.  Our EMA photos, both archival period and original contemporary, have been used by:

Automobile - Autoweek - Car Graphic Japan - Cavallino - Checkered Flag 200 - Cycle News - Forza - Free 2 Wheel - General Racing's Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races (Programs & Displays) - HSR West (Programs) - Men's Journal - MBI Publishing Company - Petersen Automotive Museum - Rider - Road & Track - Speed Age - Spirit of America - SportRider - VeloceToday.com - Vintage Motorsport - Vintage Racecar Journal - Brock Yates - Brown Fox Books - Dalton Watson Fine Books - Willem Oosthhoek & Michel Bollee - Screen Icons - Warner Brothers - Bimmer - Excellence - Goodwood Festival of Speed Program - The Quail Motorsports Gathering  Program - Octane - Art Evans' "Paramount Ranch Remembered" - The Robb Report Collection - Robb Report Motorcycling - Classic Driver - MG Enthusiast - The Classic MotorCycle - Fabulous Fifties Newsletter - Sports Car International - Tony Adriaensens' "Weekend Heroes" - Jerry Hatfield's "Flat Out" - Auto Aficionado - John Lamm's and Chuck Queener's "Ferrari" - Al Moss' "The Other Moss" - 2008 Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue Event Program - iMOTOR UK - Corvette (Ross Periodicals) - RPM Auto Books - American Riviera Magazine - Sports Car Digest - The Quail Motorcycle Gathering program. 

Thank you for your interest in the Edgar Motorsport website.  You are probably already familiar with the Edgar name through motorsport history and this well known MBI book seen below.

"American Sports Car Racing in 1950s" book cover
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American Sports Car Racing in the 1950s

By Michael T. Lynch, William Edgar, Ron Parravano



Hardcover, 10x10, 172 pages, Illustrated Black & White and Color

Published October 1998


As this book’s co-authors, Lynch, Parravano and I won the Motor Press Guild’s 1998 Dean Batchelor Award “in recognition of outstanding achievements by automotive writers.”  Since then, the critically acclaimed work has sold widely throughout the world.  Carroll Shelby writes in his foreword: “I was afraid nobody would write about how much fun we had racing sports cars back in the ‘50s, let alone go out and find pictures of it and put it all in one book. The book that Lynch and Edgar and Parravano have done is the best of what can be printed of that era.”


Vintage Racecar Journal called it “a stunning study of not only the history of sports car racing in the 1950s, but also of the people and personalities that shaped the future of American racing.” Classic Cars (UK) termed it “a wonderfully informative and absorbing companion.”  Motor journalist David Seibert wrote in FCA’s Prancing Horse: “You’ll love the photos, you’ll learn from the text, and I predict that it is the book which will stay on your desk or night table rather than be tucked away in a bookshelf.”  In Automobile, Larry Crane commented: “American Sports Car Racing in the 1950s could be a five-volume set, but for the moment that title is worn by a wonderful book about a few of the most important teams from America’s first generation of professional road racers and the world they inhabited and entertained.”  


We, the authors, put our hearts, souls and personal motorsport backgrounds into this and are continually pleased with what sports car racing people say about it.        

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All written text and photographic images appearing on this website are copyrighted material and are not to be duplicated in any form without the express written permission of William Edgar.