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3 Books Enzo Ferrari Would Want for Father’s Day

Here are some last-minute gift ideas for the car guy in your family!

Becky Graebner


June 14, 2013 - 11:00 am


So you’re paging through your calendar and you realize it’s Friday.  Yes, almost the end of the week! You decide to flip through your weekend and THERE IT IS: “Father’s Day” scrolled sweetly across Sunday, June 16. Panic sets in. Whoops.

But, have no fear, there is still some times left and a multitude of awesome things to buy, or do, with your dad. Is he a car lover, a history buff, or a connoisseur of speed? Well, then I’ve gotcha covered.

Here are some great ideas to give Dad this weekend that he’s sure to love. Even Enzo would want these gifts on his bookshelf!

For the IndyCar Dad:

Does your dad still talk about the “good ole’ days of racing” with Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, or Al Unser? If he’s a fan of the Indy 500 and/or biographies, I have just the book for him: Janet Guthrie: A Life At Full Throttle.

Janet Guthrie’s account of her breakthrough into both Indy and NASCAR is a gripping read. I found myself white-knuckling my book whenever she described her experiences in the cock-pit. The book is filled with funny inside stories with some of racing’s biggest stars.  Your dad is sure to be impressed by Janet Guthrie, a pioneer in racing for women, and enjoy this little foray into history.  Expect intermittent chuckles — Janet is a very witty writer.


The Dad Whose Copilot Is His Dog:

If your dad loves dogs, Ferraris, and fiction, The Art of Racing in the Rain is the perfect fit.

This book is told from the perspective of a dog named Enzo. So you know it’s bound to be good. His master is a car guy and this is his story of love, loss, and Ferraris.

I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. If your Dad likes dogs, he’ll love Enzo’s quips about humans and his canine storytelling style. Note: Dad might shed some tears in the middle of the book — but, I promise, everything will work out.

The Racing, History-Buff  Dad:

In the mid 1960s, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race got even more interesting when the Americans went head to head with the Italians… and won. Who doesn’t love an underdog? If your Dad can’t get enough of the “David vs. Goliath” story, pick him up a copy of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.

This book gives the reader a behind-the-scenes view as Ford reinvented itself into a racing giant and, more importantly, a winner. Readers will meet the infamous Lee Iacocca, Carroll Shelby, Henry Ford II, Phil Hill, and Enzo Ferrari. The book is fast-paced and chock full of fun factoids that both gear-heads and history fans will appreciate. After your Dad starts this book, good-luck getting him to put it down!

Becky Graebner moved to the east coast from Wisconsin in 2011. She is still a rabid Badger and Packer fan, although she does support the Caps in hockey. She enjoys Formula 1 and Indycar. She likes the eastern seaboard but does miss track days with friends and family at Elkhart Lake and the Milwaukee Mile. Her favorite drivers are Kenny Brack and Robby Gordon.

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I'm just tearing up with joy, reading this article. It's just so soothing to know that women have finally broken through the testosterone ceiling.
Actually, I was hoping to get a copy of "Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus", from my daughter, so I can complete the transformation to a healthy, mainstream, effervescent, metrosexual. But, first, I'll have to entice her away from the brake job she's doing on her F 650.
And I can't wait until "My Little Fiat" gets published! Ooooooohhhhh!!!!
Enzo would be just, so, sublimely titillated, I'm sure.
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Becky, "Racing in the Rain " is a terrific dog book. I dare your readers to read it and not tear up.... Al
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Hi, al from Canada!
And can you believe PETA lets them use dogs for the Iditarod? That should be 10 white guys pulling that sled for the dogs.
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Now that is right funny! Your first post is a bit angry, but I can go with angry.

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