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[Canadians Go to a NASCAR Race]

300.00
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[Canadians Go to a NASCAR Race]

300.00

A singular album of vernacular photography documenting the road trip of a King City, Ontario, Canada couple to 2 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in North Carolina during October 1981: The Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway and the National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

About 45 of the 129 photographs document the road trip to and from the races, though the majority of views capture period NASCAR action, spectator culture, car designs, etc... The couple enjoyed intimate access to several of the drivers (including Darrell Waltrip, who dominated the sport in the early 1980's and winning both races shown here) as well as car owner and sport luminary Junior Johnson, who apparently invited the couple to his home, where they captured at least half a dozen views. An inscribed color 8" x 10" of the two posed with Johnson reads: "To my friends / from Canada , / Junior Johnson / #11." 

The photographs are often uncommonly clear and well executed and the album, with its frequent collage assemblies incorporating clipped magazine and newspaper text composes a striking vernacular production. A naive artist's book, if you will, capturing a particularly vibrant period in the sport and the international reach of cultural identification with the American automobile.  

[Photo Albums] : [Auto Racing] . [Canadians Go to a NASCAR Race]. Charlotte, North Carolina : 1981. 4to. Commercial album. Brown vinyl over boards over plastic comb binding. 20 adhesive card leaves covered in clear plastic film overlay sheets. 129 color snapshot photographs (drugstore prints) adhesive mounted to rectos and versos along with numerous clippings and scrap elements. Photos frequently trimmed or cut to fit collages. Contents firmly adhered to pages. Adhesive strip label to outer spine with "CHARLOTTE 1981" in blue ink. Otherwise exceptionally clean and well preserved.

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A singular album of vernacular photography documenting the road trip of a King City, Ontario, Canada couple to 2 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in North Carolina during October 1981: The Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway and the National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

About 45 of the 129 photographs document the road trip to and from the races, though the majority of views capture period NASCAR action, spectator culture, car designs, etc... The couple enjoyed intimate access to several of the drivers (including Darrell Waltrip, who dominated the sport in the early 1980's and winning both races shown here) as well as car owner and sport luminary Junior Johnson, who apparently invited the couple to his home, where they captured at least half a dozen views. An inscribed color 8" x 10" of the two posed with Johnson reads: "To my friends / from Canada , / Junior Johnson / #11." 

The photographs are often uncommonly clear and well executed and the album, with its frequent collage assemblies incorporating clipped magazine and newspaper text composes a striking vernacular production. A naive artist's book, if you will, capturing a particularly vibrant period in the sport and the international reach of cultural identification with the American automobile.  

[Photo Albums] : [Auto Racing] . [Canadians Go to a NASCAR Race]. Charlotte, North Carolina : 1981. 4to. Commercial album. Brown vinyl over boards over plastic comb binding. 20 adhesive card leaves covered in clear plastic film overlay sheets. 129 color snapshot photographs (drugstore prints) adhesive mounted to rectos and versos along with numerous clippings and scrap elements. Photos frequently trimmed or cut to fit collages. Contents firmly adhered to pages. Adhesive strip label to outer spine with "CHARLOTTE 1981" in blue ink. Otherwise exceptionally clean and well preserved.