- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
Ships in 1 to 3 days
TV Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's Master Showmanby Tom Cotter
Synopses & Reviews
In 1961, Tommy Ivo had the world in the palm of his hand. At 25, he was not only a star of television and screen, but a successful touring drag racer as well. Then his producers told him he had to quit racing.
Ivo quit Hollywood instead.
Here is the story of “TV” Tommy’s incredible life and racing career, related by Ivo to award-winning automotive journalist Tom Cotter and profusely illustrated with images from Ivo’s own archives. Follow the former child star as he evolves from teenage hot rodder to the world’s most ambitious drag racer, building his own cars in the garage behind his Burbank home and barnstorming the nation. In addition to profiling Ivo’s 31 iconic cars—including his trendsetting ’23 T-bucket, his mind-bending twin- and four-engine dragsters, and the Funny Cars in which he took his leave from the racing stage—Cotter relates how Ivo, ever the showman, pioneered the techniques that today’s race promoters take for granted. Throughout, the tales behind Ivo’s career and cars are generously complemented with commentary from such racing luminaries as Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, and Shirley Muldowney.
Tommy Ivo’s impact on the sport cannot be understated. Here, finally, is the definitive biography of one of drag racing’s most irrepressible characters.
Tommy Ivo was a promising young star of television and film when his producers told him he had to quit drag racing. He quit the entertainment industry instead. This is the official story of Ivos incredible life and racing career.
Praise for Drag Racing’s Master Showman, “TV” Tommy Ivo:
“When no one had mag wheels, Ivo had polished Halibrands. When guys were welding up junkyard parts, Ivo had candy apple paint jobs and chrome plating. It was Ivo who helped turn drag racing from a hobby into a profession. He deserves all the credit.”
—Drag racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, from his foreword
“Ivo was tough, and he figured out early on that he could make more money as a showman than as a serious competitor. In those days, competitive drag racing didn’t pay very much.”
—Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, 17-time national drag racing champion
“Ivo taught me to make people laugh even when I wasn’t winning. He taught me to look fans in the eye when I signed autographs, to ask their name and to make them feel special.”
—John Force, 14-time Funny Car champion
In the early 1960s, Tommy Ivo had the world in the palm of his hands. Still a young man, he was already a star of television and film with a promising Hollywood future ahead of him. Then his producers told him he had to quit drag racing. He quit the entertainment industry instead.
2011 International Automotive Media Gold Award Winner
About the Author
Tom Cotter writes regularly for Road & Track and is the author of Motorbooks’ acclaimed “automotive rescue” franchise, which includes The Cobra in the Barn (winner of a 2006 International Automotive Media Award) and its follow-ups, The Hemi in the Barn, The Vincent in the Barn, and The Corvette in the Barn. Tom also authored Motorbooks’ biography of car builder extraordinaire Dean Jeffries. He lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Transportation » Automotive » General
Transportation » Automotive » Pictorial
Transportation » Automotive » Racing
Transportation » Automotive » Racing Biographies