Monday, August 30, 2010

Additional Term Paper Topics, HST 485, Seminar on the Automobile and American Life, Fall, 2010

Chris Economaki, the Dean of American Motorsports

Additional Possible Term Paper Topics, History 485, fall, 2010

Late 19th century Horse Racing in America
Bicycle Racing in the U.S., late 19th and early 20th century
Changes in the Technology of Timing Automobile Races
The Persistance of Dirt Track and Short Track Racing – Eldora and Shady Bowl, Ohio
Fred Funk and Racing in Dayton Ohio, 1936-1984
Politicians and Racing Safety
Wilbur Shaw, the Hulman Family, and the Resurgence of Indy after 1946
Ed Winfield and the Mystique of the Novi Race Cars
Safety and Racing at the Indy 500, post – WWII
Novels, Young Adults, and Auto Racing, 1950-1970
Post WWII Toys and Automobile Racing: Ray Cox and the Thimble Dome, Aurora and Slot Car Racing
Television and Automobile Racing --- 1950s and 1960s
Chris Economaki, the Dean of American Motor Sports
The Ford Motor Company and Racing, 1960s
Film and Outlaw Road Racing Post-Oil Shock I: Brock Yates; Cannonball (1976); The Cannonball Run (1981); Gumball Rally (1976)
Women and Sports Car Racing, 1950s – Denise McCluggage and others
NASCAR and Hollywood: Fireball 500 (1966) Red Line 7000 (1967); Speedway (1968) Days of thunder (1990); Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2008).

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