We'd Race Anywhere

We'd Race Anywhere
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We’d Race Anywhere

…and they did.

Plowed fields, cow pastures, quarter-mile bullrings, half-mile horse tracks, one-mile speedways…sand, dirt, tar or asphalt…it didn’t matter…these men were race drivers and they’d race anything, anywhere. When the green flag dropped, there was no “start and park” for these drivers. They were all going to finish first. Second place was the first of the losers, and these men were all winners.

The stories in We’d Race Anywhere are accounts of speedway experiences, told by men who drove in competition six decades ago. They worked together, raced together, fought together, experienced joy, and witnessed tragedy together. They tell it the way it happened, the way they experienced it, and after reading We’d Race Anywhere, you will never again have to wonder what racing was like back in the “old days.”  


About the Author

Russ Hamilton grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 30 miles from Langhorne Speedway.  As a hobby he photographed various racing events from 1956 to 1962.  In 1963, Russ began, as he would call it, “his real job” and started a 21-year career in law enforcement. During the 1970s, in addition to police work, Russ also started working as a part-time photo stringer with the Associated Press, photographing NASCAR races and the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York.

In the fall of 1984, Russ retired from law enforcement and began a second career working as a free-lance photojournalist, covering motorsports events from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Watkins Glen, New York.

In the spring of 2012, after 39 years photographing race cars, Russ decided to retire from motorsports photography and begin a third career. However, his retirement was brief, and in 2013 Russ returned to photography, covering a limited number of motorsports events.