An Invitation to a Book-Launch and Go-Kart Reception

Closing Speed

An invite to the “high-speed” launch of a not-so-fictional

glance back at the 1970 world of motorsports

Ted West, an observer of the motorsports and general automotive scene for more than five decades, chose one of his most exciting assignments – the 1970 clash between Porsche and Ferrari for the World Championship of Makes – as the setting of Closing Speed. West’s debut novel follows American journalist Nick Thorne, who travels to Europe to cover these motorsports activities and, thanks to the literary license of fiction, blends in the behind-the-scenes activities normally left off the sports pages (especially the sports pages of 1970).

All of the elements of that time in motorsports history, the drivers, the cars and the women, the triumph and the inevitable tragedy are here in this exciting and entertaining book.

To provide this tome with a proper launch, please join Ted and his host, Nat Mundy June 30th at the incredible Grand Prix New York, the country’s premier karting and “racertainment” center, in Mt. Kisco, NY for a night of fun, frolic and good, old-fashioned bench racing. You can race to your heart’s content in the GPNY Karts, sample the fine food and just generally have an all-‘round good time.

Ted will discuss his new book, have a book signing, and provide some insight into just who some of the fictional main characters really are (or just might be!). Just remember: the stories are true; the names have been changed to protect the “not so innocent!”

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30th
Grand Prix New York
333 North Bedford Road
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Tel: 914-241-3131

West has covered racing around the world and driven and reviewed some of the most famous—and some of the most infamous—cars of all time. And he has done it for such iconic American publications as Road & Track, Motor Trend, Car and Driver and the late, lamented Sports Car Graphic.  He is also a contributor to The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler and Vintage Motorsports.

Over the course of his career he has been the only three-time recipient of the prestigious Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, presented by the International Motor Press Association.

For directions or more about Grand Prix New York, check their web site at Please RSVP to Rachel Geylin at Kermish-Geylin Public Relations (201-750-3533) or at .

It promises to be a night you won’t soon forget.

Closing Speed, by Ted West is available at or directly from the publisher, You can also visit Ted at .