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Caribbean Capers

The First Hand Account of Cuban Grand Prix Racing

A Joel Finn Masterpiece from Racemaker Press Publishing

Racemaker Press is proud to announce its new publication: Caribbean Capers: The Cuban Grand Prix Races of 1957, 1958 & 1960, by noted automotive historian Joel E. Finn.

This remarkable volume captures the dramatic story of Cuba’s major sports car races, with all the international finance, political intrigue and competitive action that characterized the island nation at that time.

Havana was truly the sin city of the 1950’s; the gambling capital of the world, with profits that surpassed Las Vegas. If one had money and connections, just about anything could be gotten in Cuba.  Against this backdrop, Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches roared through the streets of Havana with the world’s best drivers at the wheel.  Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Jack Brabham and, of course, the five-time world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, competed in Cuba in now-legendary sports cars. 

A kidnapping that captured headlines around the world, when pole-sitter Fangio was taken at gunpoint from his Havana hotel the night before the race in 1958, illustrates the challenges faced by the organizers and competitors. Needless to say, Cuba’s political turmoil added to the unpredictable and exciting course of international racing in Cuba.

“I was one of the timing officials at the races in 1958, and gathered as much original information, first hand accounts, and rare, official records from organizers as possible, with the intention of creating this book on the events in Cuba during the Golden Age of sports car racing,” author Joel Finn said. 

“It’s a story that needs to be told, of a time in racing history like no other, set amidst the gaiety and glamor of the clubs, beaches, beautiful women and Hollywood stars.” 
With more than 500 historic images of the cars, drivers and events – many never -before published – and numerous meticulously compiled charts of the race entries and results, Grand Prix Races of 1957, 1958 and 1960, becomes the authoritative account of Cuban racing.

“With his characteristic attention to detail, meticulous research, and wonderful illustrations, Joel has brought the heretofore untold history of Cuban racing to life.”

The large scale format of the book fully showcases the stunning full-page historic photographs. The book is organized into ten chapters, beginning with Cuban Racing History in 1901, covering the Cuban National Races in the 1950’s, (the precursor for the 1957 Grand Prix), each of the three GP races, with a chapter on the first ever race held for the Formula Junior International Championships, and concluding with the Gran Premio Libertad sports car race during the 1960 Havana Speed Week.

About the author

Joel Finn has been a competitive driver in road racing for more than 50 years.  Beginning in the middle of the 20th century, he was also a participant in significant events in American racing, working with pit crews, flagging stations and timing and scoring officials at tracks that included Sebring, Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, and Havana.  As a long-time competitor, he has raced many of the cars that attained legendary status in the early years of sports car racing and has known the drivers, owners and mechanics who competed in these challenging events.

Finn has written a number of highly-regarded histories of road racing including American Road Racing: The 1930s; Bridgehampton Racing: From the Streets to the Bridge; Sunshine Speed and a Surprise: The 1959 Grand Prix of the United Sates; and American Road Racing: 1948-1950 The Sport Revived.  His earlier books focused on the Ferrari V-12 Testa Rossa, Maserati Birdcages and the Maserati Sports Racing cars.

About Racemaker Press

Racemaker Press is an independent publisher specializing in books on automotive racing and history.  They offer a variety of colorfully illustrated and informative volumes for adults and children.  They became the sole distributor of Joel Finn’s books in 2009.

Maria Writesel
39 Church Street
Boston, MA

(617) 723-6533

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The cost of the book is $199.95.

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