Curtis Turner's life embodied everything that makes NASCAR the biggest spectator sport in American history: the adrenaline rush of the races, the potential for danger at every turn, and the charismatic, outrageous personality of a winner. Turner created drama at the racetrack and in his personal life, living the American Dream several times over before he died a violent and mysterious death at the young age of forty-six.
In gripping prose, and with full access to the files of Turner's widow, biographer Robert Edelstein, the exclusive motor sports writer for TV Guide and the author of NASCAR Generations, thrillingly recreates the life of this American legend. Full Throttle is the first-ever full-scale chronicle of Turner's legendary life, from his days as a teenage moonshine runner in Virginia, through millions earned (and just as quickly spent) in fearless finance deals, to his incredible comeback after four years of being banned from the NASCAR circuit.
Motor racing and mayhem, the non-stop pursuit of outrageous dreams, high-speed thrills and a really good time these are the raw materials of Full Throttle: The Life and Fast Times of Curtis Turner. This one's on the fast track.
"My first impression was this big, good-looking guy who had fun written all over him. It was just the way he handled himself, the way he looked. He always had women and he usually had more than one. He was a real American character. He had a party every hour. But what a great race driver. I'd put him in a class up there with Earnhardt and those guys. I'd really put him in the top five or six race drivers ever .What made Curtis Turner larger than life He knew he was larger than life and, therefore, he lived it." James Garner, Emmy-winning actor and star of Grand Prix
"I had the distinct pleasure and honor to race against Curtis Turner. When I look back at my career, I usually judge the importance of a race by the people I was racing against. Curtis Turner being in the race makes it much more special. A great sense of humor. A great guy. And I'll tell you what, he was a helluva driver, and one of the icons." Mario Andretti, racing legend
"Curtis was a tremendously competitive guy. He didn't run for 50 miles and the rest for 50 and run for 50 more, he'd run for 500. But he was also a guy who might show up so drunk he didn't know his own name, or be up all night partying and sleep on a cot in the garage area for an hour before the race. He was an unusual character which racing is full of but he really was something special." Bobby Allison, NASCAR champion
"Turner left this world with nothing undone. He lived two of any man's lives and started on a third. And his parties There's nothing about them that could be printed. On the track, he was the hardest man I ever tried to pass." Cale Yarborough, three-time racing champion
"As a driver, he was the most aggressive and most determined man I have ever known. I saw him race with broken ribs and cracked bones and still outrun the field." Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend
Robert Edelstein is the exclusive motor sports writer for TV Guide, where his stories are read by more NASCAR fans than any other writer in the country, and he also contributes to Stuff, Blender, and A&E Biography, among other publications. He is frequently featured on television and on the radio as an expert on motorsports.