Reading Parnelli Jones’ newest book, “As a matter of fact, I am Parnelli Jones,” will hold you spellbound for hours as you weave through this incredible life story of the famed Rufus Parnell Jones. During his remarkable racing career, Parnelli conquered every form of racing in which he competed – beginning with the half-mile dirt tracks all the way to the highest ranks of Victory Lane in the Indianapolis 500, winning races and garnering championships in an impressive list of the most hard-fought, hard-driven forms of motorsports competition.

Few people know his career started with another type of horsepower – a horse, which, as a hardscrabble young man from Torrance, California, he bought and trained. Then he sold it for his first set of wheels — and became the proud owner of a ’23 Ford T-Bucket.

From there on, with the mechanical skill he gained, and a Jalopy he and a friend bought for $25, he was soon plying his neophyte racing skills at Carrell and Corona Speedways in California. That was when the thrill of racing took over, and Parnelli’s intense desire to win ushered him into one of the most wide-spread and historic careers in motor racing. His name is firmly engraved in the history of Sprint Cars, Indy Cars, NASCAR, SCORE Baja races, Trans-Am, road-course racing, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and others.

This is Parnelli’s own story, as told to and put into book form by famed author Bones Bourcier. It is one of challenge, hard knocks, sometimes heartache, sheer grit and determination, transformed into resounding victories in every type of racing for which Jones climbed behind the wheel.

With an opening introduction by Indianapolis 500 champion Mario Andretti, this hardcover coffeetable book is interspersed with commentaries of other racing greats who were so interwoven in Parnelli’s life — in-depth stories from racing icons such as A. J. Foyt, Bobby and Al Unser, Johnny Rutherford, Bud Moore, Walker Evans, Leonard Wood, Humpy Wheeler, A. J. Watson, Tony Stewart and more.

Interesting photos from Parnelli’s own extensive collection, and many others, readily supplement each chapter, and his extensive list of victories in all types of motorsports are neatly compiled in the back of the book. It’s a remarkable list…

This inspiring 288-page book is one that you won’t want to put down until you’ve read the very last page — and then you’ll want to read it all over again.

Hard cover, 288 pages, B&W and color photos.
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