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Blue Ribbon of the Air .The Gordon Bennett Races (Villard 1987)

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When James Gordon Bennett felt disillusioned and abandoned his promotion of Car Racing, he chose the skys, already being conquered by Balloons and now eagerly followed by powered, winged aircraft, in a bid for further range of distance and more importantly speed. He again donated a Trophy bearing his name and supported these International Races from 1909 up to the outbreak of the Great War and again in 1920, but with the fast pace of Aviation development in the War, the purpose of these races for a pioneer industry, had served its purpose. The author is well versed in the Car Racing aspect of this period also and his Book: The Great Road Races 1894 - 1914 gives excellent coverage of Gordon Bennett's earlier interests. 272 pages fine book, very good jacket, minor wear top of spine