The Last Open Road

The Last Open Road A masterful and hilarious novel of open road sports car racing and falling in love with the boss s niece in s AmericaIn his first novel Burt Levy captures the atmosphere of a innocent era in Amer

  • Title: The Last Open Road
  • Author: Burt S. Levy
  • ISBN: 9780964210721
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A masterful and hilarious novel of open road sports car racing and falling in love with the boss s niece in 1950s AmericaIn his first novel, Burt Levy captures the atmosphere of a innocent era in America, the early 50s a time when the horizon seemed open and anything was possible, when enthusiasts raced European sports cars in open road races in Bridgehampton, ElkA masterful and hilarious novel of open road sports car racing and falling in love with the boss s niece in 1950s AmericaIn his first novel, Burt Levy captures the atmosphere of a innocent era in America, the early 50s a time when the horizon seemed open and anything was possible, when enthusiasts raced European sports cars in open road races in Bridgehampton, Elkhart Lake, and Watkins Glen, races that crackled with excitement, fun, adventure, and an omnipresent danger.Levy tells the story of Buddy Palumbo a year out of high school and working as a mechanic at the Sinclair station in Passaic, New Jersey as he discovers the twin loves of his life Miss Julie Finzio and sports car racing Surrounded by a Dickensian cast of characters exuberant with life, Buddy is caught up in a series of adventures that rival those of Augie March as he learns what it means to be a man in an America that seems almost unrecognizable today.Fast paced, funny, and utterly absorbing, Buddy Palumbo s story will enchant readers with a vision of being young in America s last age of innocence.

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  • My husband has been asking me to read this for over a year and I finally gave it a go.The Last Open Road is a first person, historical fiction, about a man, Buddy, who is a mechanic in the 1950′s. One day a man with a Jaguar rolls into the shop and Buddy falls in love with European cars. When he decides to learn more about Big Ed’s Jag, he gets sucked into the racing world and goes on many driving adventures.I would describe this book as a love letter to a bygone age of racing. There are a l [...]


  • This past semester in Cyber English, we were given the task to find a new book for independent reading. We would be using these books to discuss different aspects among book clubs. I chose The Last Open Road by Burt Levy. This book is my new personal favorite, because of the way the author uses the content and how it is constructed. The book is the start of a series and is like no other. In this book, I don’t see a very apparent problem and the climax is at the very end. The entire book is a l [...]


  • Burt Levy did a magnificent job with this book. The Last Open Road was a book that I had no problem sitting down and reading. It takes place in the 1950's during the peak of road racing. It is portrayed through the eyes of a young mechanic that is just out of high school. Reading this book I feel brings you back in time and makes you appreciate the roots of racing and where it all began. Buddy Palumbo, the main character goes through a journey that starts off as a gas station mechanic and turns [...]


  • LOVED this book!!It covers such an interesting time in American racing history and it made it come alive. The passion Levy managed to convey was incredible and as a huge racing fan myself, it really really captured everything that is so magical about the racing world. There were so many quotes that made me stop and go "Oh yeah, that's true." Just good. I honestly don't think there's enough I can say about this book.The racing facts were dead on. His description of Watkins Glen, the town and the [...]


  • This is a book that has just about worked its way into family mythology, as both my brother and my dad are car guys and very into auto racing. This is how I ended up reading it. The book is written in a very conversational 1st person. At times it seems like the author is laying it on a bit thick in trying to make it sound suitably folksy, but there's an interesting story to it that let me overlook some of that. It was nice to read something that was way outside what I would normally gravitate to [...]


  • This tale covers the early 1950's sports car racing and makes the reading enjoyable because of the humorous way it is written. However, the humor aside, the author does a great job of recreating the sports car racing atmosphere at that time and he is obviously very knowledgeable regarding both automobiles and their mechanics. As a former MG-TD, MGA, and 356 Porsche owner this book brought back very fond memories.


  • Although I am married to a gear-head, I generally don't pick up books about cars. B.S. Levy's books are, well, different. Better. More fun.Readable tales of an ordinary guy who just has to race cars.This is the first in the series, and I have read the entire series. Fun books!


  • Having met Burt and photographed him for a European magazine, I had to read his book. He has an amusing story of how he hooked up with the racing circuit and his adventures growing up around mechanics and meeting amateur to famous racers. An entertaining read.


  • Fun coming of age story and strangest marriage proposal I've ever read. Levy's characterized and caricatured the amateur and semi-professional racing scene so well. A must-read if you love long summer days at Road America.


  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's one of those rare books that you keep so that you can reread it every other year. It's well written and fun to read. It helps if you are a car girl / guy, but even if your not it's still a fun read!


  • Loved the book, all in the series are terrific. they are long but very fun and rally capture the classic sportscar era.


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