The Last Open Road

The Last Open Road

by Burt Levy

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Author/racer Burt "BS" Levy's celebrated and hilarious coming-of-age novel about 19-year-old New Jersey gas-station mechanic Buddy Palumbo getting swept into the dangerous, glamorous, upper-crust world of open road sports car racing during the Eisenhower fifties.

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BN ID: 2940013008649
Publisher: Think Fast Ink LLC
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: The Last Open Road , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 736,107
File size: 7 MB

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Last Open Road 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
mbufkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Burt Levy knows American sports car racing very well, having been involved in sports cars and SCCA racing since his twenties. He captures the feel and details of the postwar road racing start-up in the US. He is not really a novelist but is a great story teller. I'm not sure non-sports car folks will follow it, but if you have any interest in the MG's, Jaguars, Triumphs and such, you will enjoy it. I certainly did, and I'm a pretty serious fiction reader. This is the first of a four book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in an attempt to begin to understand some of the language that is spoken around me. I found it to be a fascinating look into a world that I glimpse, but never comprehend. Some of the characters may seem a bit rough around the edges, but considering the time period, I think that they are very plausible.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I smile as I read it. The experiences of the main character are as realistic as the description of the races and the personalities driving and owning the cars. Those wanting a window post WWII racing will thoroughly enjoy this book! those who just want a good read will be enchanted, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, well written and accurate, a must for any car enthusiast.
Old_Car_Guy More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful story of a young man, who, due to his attraction to a young woman, falls into a job working at a service station where he learns of his natural ability to service automobiles and, ultimately, gets into the infancy of road racing in the U.S. Rich characters and vividly drawn environs of early road racing are intertwined with somewhat folksy laugh-out-loud humor. Being a mechanic myself, I really appreciate the author's ignoring of traditional protocol of supplying a shill who asks all the technical mechanic-related questions. If you don't know the effect changing the jets in a carburetor will have or what adjusting the valves is all about, well, TS. I highly recommend this very refreshing (with a nostalgic bittersweet depth) and reflective-of-a-simpler-time novel to anyone interested in sports car racing...or a great story. P.S. Beware: this is the first in an additive series.
JerryRode More than 1 year ago
I am now "hooked" on Burt Levy's writing style. My favorite is "Montezuma's Ferrari", part 2 in the Buddy Palumbo series. Fantastic mix of historical racing folks & fictional characters (my favorite is "Big Ed"). You can almost hear the heavy New Jersey accents. A nice blend of racing stories & human interest "drama". Really funny - especially Levy's decsriptions of family dinners at Thanksgiving & Christmas. Brought back many memories for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed letting my imagination get lost in the world of sports car racing in the 50's. Burt Levy weaves a funny path through the world of a young man coming of age and having been bitten by the racing bug. A must read for any car enthusiast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun reading book for car enthusiasts of all ages, whether you were there in 1952 or just able to read about it now. This book is one that makes me feel I was born too late. I envy the guys who were in sports car racing when road courses were road courses. A fun reading, light hearted adventure book not for someone looking for a super serious novel. Proof that motorheads can read and write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Burt Levy, who likes to go by 'BS' Levy, really recreates the feel of the sports car scene in the 1950's. The lead character, Buddy Palumbo, is so real you'll feel like he's an old friend. The setting brings back a time when the world was innocent and full of surprises. The cars which are now viewed as priceless investments were being used as they were meant to be. This was the most enjoyable read I've had in a long time! I hated to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Fabulous story of post war era sports car culture, wrapped around a solid plot line. Well researched. Highly recommend for all who are looking for a taste of what the golden age of sports cars was like.