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Philippe Defechereux, author of Watkins Glen, The Street Years 1948-1952, is a former automobile advertising executive, consultant, historian and author. His last book, focusing on James Dean’s racing career and Porsche in America, titled James Dean – From Passion for Speed to Immortality was successfully published by Dalton-Watson in 2005. Originally from Belgium, Defechereux has lived and worked in the USA since 1969. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business from Columbia University and rose to manage major car advertising accounts for Ogilvy & Mather and DDB Needham. For the past 15 years, he has also been a long-standing member of New York’s Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving & Chowder Society. He is also an accredited International Motor Press journalist with IMPA.

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Watkins Glen:  The Street Years 1948-1952 Cover

In 1948 Watkins Glen staged the first official American race for sports cars since the Vanderbilt Cup races of the early years of the century. This book is about the transformation of post-World War II racing in America.