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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Jun. 23, 2016 3 years ago

Book on auto racing includes Ormond's contribution.

Racing history book now available in paperback.
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

“You have no idea, Alex, what a thrill it is out there. Do you know what it feels like to go 50 mph?”

Those words were spoken by Ransom Olds to Alexander Winton, both racing pioneers, about setting speed records on Ormond Beach in 1903.

This bit of Ormond Beach history and more are included in “Sands of Time: Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence,” a book by William P. Lazarus, on the history of racing in the Daytona Beach area.

The book was originally published as a hardcover giveaway for dignitaries in 2003, and only 1,000 were printed. Now, the book has been printed in paperback, licensed by NASCAR and International Speedway Corp.

Published by Bold Venture Press, it’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and at

The book covers how Ormond Beach became the “Birthplace of Speed,” including how the first races began as a promotion for the Ormond Hotel on East Granada Boulevard which was torn down in 1992

Lazarus lived in Ormond Beach from 1986 to 1998 and now lives in Daytona Beach. He was business editor of The News-Journal from 1986 to 1991 and editor of Halifax Magazine from 1992 to 2001.

On July 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lazarus will be at Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum, 2400 South Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona. On July 2, noon to 3 p.m., he will be at the Daytona International Speedway gift store at The Pit Shop.

William P. Lazarus



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