SAM’S SCRAPBOOK: My motorsports memories
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By Sam Posey with John Posey
Sam Posey raced a huge variety of sports cars, saloons and open-wheel machines in numerous racing arenas — Can-Am, USRRC, Trans-Am, IMSA, Indy, NASCAR, Formula 5000 and Formula 1 — against rivals and friends such as George Follmer, Parnelli Jones, Mark Donohue, Peter Revson, Dan Gurney, David Hobbs and Brian Redman. Sam’s Scrapbook gives a first-hand account of a romantic era in racing, through pictures no one has seen and stories no one has heard. Running alongside the images, Posey’s commentary is fascinating and thoughtful, and in turns both amusing and emotional. This is an unusual and engaging memoir by one of America’s best-loved racing heroes and will appeal to all motorsports enthusiasts.
- Sam’s early days: racing around his mother’s house on a farm in Connecticut against his friend John Whitman.
- The start of his career: driving at Lime Rock, his local track, under the mentorship of John Fitch; a ride as the then-youngest American at Le Mans, with a Bizzarrini in 1966.
- Can-Am: racing against John Surtees, Bruce McLaren and Jim Hall in this famous ‘anything goes’ sports car championship with a car he and Ray Caldwell designed and built.
- Trans-Am: competing in this spectacular saloon series during its golden age, first for Roger Penske and then as a factory driver for Dodge, against George Follmer, Parnelli Jones and Swede Savage.
- Later years at Le Mans: finishing third overall in a Ferrari 512 M with the North American Racing Team (NART) team in 1971; driving the first BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Art Car’ in 1975, featuring a paint scheme by American sculptor Alexander Calder.
- Open-wheel racing: a duel with Dan Gurney in the USAC Championship, finishing fifth at Indy in 1972; two drives for John Surtees in Formula 1; battling his friend and rival David Hobbs on the track and off in Formula 5000.
- Even more variety: three years of off-road adventures in the Baja 1000; rides with the BMW factory team at Sebring and Daytona; and his late career in the IMSA championship with actor Paul Newman and Brian Redman.
Publication date: August 2021
Page extent: 160
Illustration: approximately 175 photos
Sam Posey’s racing endeavours spanned 17 seasons, 1965–81, and included a famous victory in 1975 with BMW in the 12 Hours of Sebring. His second career as a TV commentator began at the 1974 Indy 500 and lasted for over 40 years, embracing spells with ABC, Speedvision and NBC. He has written three previous books: Where The Writer Meets The Road (2015, a collection of writings), Playing With Trains (2004, about his passion for model railways) and The Mudge Pond Express (1976, an early autobiography about racing). The front straight at Lime Rock Park — his local race circuit in Connecticut — is named after him, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He has co-authored this book with his son John.
“Sam Posey gives us a ‘Hey pal, come on, sit over here…’ look at his life and times in this wonderfully detailed scrapbook. I can almost feel his arm draping over my shoulder as he escorts me into his study to reminisce and recount the stuff he saw and did on/off/at the race track and a hundred other places of interest that this renaissance man found himself part of... this book exudes unabridged interest and unabashed love for cars and racing. It leaps from every page.”
Doug Stokes, lacar.com
“This is a great read, full of trigger moments that carry one back to another time. Le Mans 1969. Four-wheel-drive Lotus. NASCAR. A punch-up with Peter Revson... I beg you, go out and buy this book... At just £30.00 it’s a steal.”
“I have never heard of learning racing lines by pulling model cars on strings but that was Sam Posey’s school room… typical of the unexpected tales he throws up in this scrapbook of short, snappy stories, told with the same crisp frankness whether it’s flops or fanfares.”
“This first-hand account of one of the most alluring and romantic eras in motor racing is a lot of fun to read. There are dozens of pictures here that have never been seen and the stories told by Posey are thoughtful and entertaining. The design is superb too.”
“Sam Posey has plenty of interesting stories to tell. The scrapbook format presents them in a fun way… engaging and amusing.”
“Roger Penske’s appreciation of this book underlines a great reason for parting with just £30: ‘Sam Posey shares many special memories and incredible images from his long and colorful career in racing. He was a fierce competitor, and through the pages of this book, I enjoyed looking back and reliving some unforgettable moments in motorsports. His passion and his unique perspective make Sam’s Scrapbook an enjoyable ride.’”
“Here’s something a bit different… As you’d expect of Evro, the book is done to a high standard in terms of imagery, print quality, design and paper stock… great anecdotes and illustrations.”
Ferrari Owners Club magazine
“A delightful mixture of thoughts, memories and stories… this charming and informative book will brighten anyone’s bookshelf.”