Riverside International Raceway. Remind any race fan of times spent there and history witnessed, of how the track died, of what was lost, and you will find the wounds are still raw. Riverside meant so much to so many. The place was dusty, drab, and distant, but it was dear.

For a third of a century, RIR was the spiritual home of speed in southern California and one of the prides of American motorsports. Racers worldwide ranked Riverside with the greatest of road courses. It was not their match in physical beauty, perhaps, but certainly it was on par with the biggest tracks in the United States and even in Europe in magnitude, challenge, and importance.

Within the pages of Riverside International Raceway, celebrated motorsports author and photographer Pete Lyons provides an insider’s look at the moments at Riverside that shaped auto racing history. Explore Riverside’s series of well-designed turns and experience the thrilling events that took place at each one. With an exhaustive collection of rare photography and artwork, this is the authoritative history of one of racing’s greatest tracks.

“Long a fascination of competition car enthusiasts from around the world, the Riverside International Raceway has never before been the subject of such a comprehensive and enlightened historical review. It would be difficult to imagine a better selection of images integrated with a more engaging story about the creation, heyday, and ultimate demise of the track that has become synonymous with one of the most fondly remembered eras in the history of auto racing in America.”
Leslie Mark Kendall
Curator, Petersen Automotive Museum

“It was a great time in my broadcasting career. Riverside International Raceway will always have a warm spot in my heart and this book beautifully brings the Raceway back to life.”
Ralph Lawler
Radio-TV Broadcaster, Los Angeles Clippers

“Riverside Raceway and Pete Lyons, I simply cannot think of better combination. In this beautiful book [Lyons] takes his readers on an eye-witness tour though three decades of competition at the iconic Riverside International Raceway … Lyons adds life to the legends and lore of the rocky desert outpost located about 65 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.”
—Doug Stokes, LACar.com

About the author:
To Pete Lyons, childhood vacations meant traveling around the United States in the Rolls Royce owned by his father, Ozzie Lyons, an avid photographer, engineer, writer, editor, travel enthusiast, car restorer, and racing fan. Pete picked up his father’s auto and photojournalistic enthusiasm from a very young age, and gradually covering motorsports became his career.

Pete spent six seasons reporting for Autosport, where he attended events such as the Daytona 24-hour and 500-mile races, the Indy 500, and the Formula One Grand Prix in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He found particular inspiration from the Can-Am Challenge Cup, which inspired three of his ten books.

Later he moved to international races and contributed to a wide variety of automotive publications, including Vintage Racecar, AutoWeek, Racer, Road & Track, Corvette Quarterly, Car and Driver, Vintage Motorsport, Cycle, Cycle World, Private Pilot, and many others. His work has twice been honored with the Dean Batchelor Award from the Motor Press Guild for Excellence in Journalism, plus an Award for Journalism given by the Road Racing Driver’s Club and the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy Award.

Today Pete works writing books and photographing races with his wife, Lorna Fitts Lyons, and taking cross-country flights in their plane from their home in the beautiful mountain community of Big Bear, California.

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