“STARDUST INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY” MEETS MOB MUSEUM
Date of Release: February 15, 2019
Author Randall Cannon will present his new book, “Stardust International Raceway: Motorsports Meets the Mob in Vegas, 1965-1971” at the world-famous Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas. Mr. Cannon is extremely pleased to present this long unserved piece of motorsports, Las Vegas, and organized crime history; the first authoritative study of Stardust International Raceway. A book signing will follow.
Date: March 1, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum admission
The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
About the Mob Museum:
The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories. From the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. Shadows and whispers. G-Men and Made Men. Like it or not, this is American history. Located steps from Fremont Street, the Museum provides an experience unlike any other. The Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was designed by a world-class team. They are known for other successful museums that serve to reinvigorate communities and neighborhoods, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.
From McFarland & Company Inc., Publishers:
Professional motorsports came to Las Vegas in the mid-1950s. Starting at a bankrupt horse track swarmed by gamblers, as a result, it soon became mired in controversy with organized crime. By 1965, the Vegas racing game moved from makeshift facilities to Stardust International Raceway, constructed with real grandstands, sanitary facilities, and air-conditioned timing towers. Stardust would host the biggest racing names of the era—Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, John Surtees, Mark Donohue, Bobby Unser, Dan Gurney and Don Garlits among them.
Established by a notorious racketeer, the track stood at the confluence of shadowy elements—wiretaps, casino skimming, Howard Hughes, and the beginnings of Watergate. The author traces the Stardust’s colorful history through the auto racing monthlies, national newspapers, extensive interviews and the files of the FBI.
The book is available from major online booksellers and McFarland Books: McFarlandBooks.com/product/
Learn more about the storyline and images of the book:facebook.com/stardust.raceway.
For more information contact author Randall Cannon: [email protected]