Speedboad Kings by J.Lee Barrett 25 Years of International Speedboating 1939 Arnold-Powers Inc.

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Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of international speedboat racing with Speedboat Kings by J. Lee Barrett, a rare 1939 first edition published by Arnold-Powers Inc. This hardcover book spans 137 pages of riveting narratives and insights into the golden age of speedboating.

Barrett, with twenty-five years of insider experience, offers readers an unparalleled glimpse into the sport's heyday, focusing on the contributions of Detroit legends like Gar Wood and the spectacle of Harmsworth Racing. This book vividly brings to life the excitement that drew up to 250,000 spectators to the Detroit River's shores, without delving into the technical but highlighting the drama and strategy behind the scenes.

Signed by the author with a personal inscription, this copy holds a special place in maritime and sports history, making it a prized possession for collectors and enthusiasts alike. The book itself is in good condition, preserving the spirit and adventure of speedboat racing.


  • Author: J. Lee Barrett
  • Publisher: Arnold-Powers, Inc.
  • Year: 1939
  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 137
  • Dimensions: 9x6x1 inches
  • Condition: Good, with wear on the dust jacket
  • Special Features: worn on the cover and signed by the author with a small inscription. Sroll in and view it to decide for yourself if this is the author's signature.

Four Key Features:

  1. Insider's Perspective: Twenty-five years of speedboat racing history through the eyes of an insider.
  2. Focus on Legends: emphasizes Detroit's significant contribution and legendary figures like Gar Wood.
  3. Non-Technical Narrative: accessible and dramatic storytelling that captures the essence of the sport.
  4. Collectible: signed first edition, a valuable addition to any maritime or sports literature collection.

Beyond The Final Page:

Speedboat Kings is not just a book; it's a journey back to the roaring engines and churning waters that defined an era of speedboat racing. Barrett's storytelling transports readers directly to the heart of the action, making this book a timeless tribute to the pioneers of the sport.


This vintage book shows signs of wear consistent with its age, particularly on the dust jacket. The book itself remains in good condition. Please refer to the photos for a closer look, and contact us for more information or additional photos.

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