A Very Special Afternoon(s) with Author (and Vintage Racer) Lee Raskin: Author of James Dean at Speed!

A Book Signing by Lee Raskin Sunday, Feb 26, 2006, 2 pm – 5 pm Racing Corridor, Second Floor

Join us for a lecture and book signing by Lee Raskin, author of James Dean: At Speed, a richly illustrated, precise account of Dean’s life, from his early childhood, his successful life as an actor, and to his untimely death on September 20, 1955.

Raskin has earned the endorsement of the Dean family for his unmatched accuracy and careful attention to detail in this book. This remarkable biography begins with a foreword by Dean’s cousin, Marcus Winslow, and ends with a comprehensive epilogue that brings Dean’s story up-to-date and explains what has happened to the people and the machines that filled Dean’s life. This “Where are they now?” information is fascinating and intriguing, and it debunks the many myths and misconceptions that have become part of Dean’s legend. Now 50 years after his death, there are new facts and many surprises in store for the reader.

Raskin will speak in depth about James Dean including his relationship with cinema and the racing icon, Steve McQueen, and other “Hollywood” racers.

Copies of the book will be available in the Museum’s Gift Shop for $29.95. Museum members receive a 10% discount.

Contact Phone: (323) 964-6328 Contact Email: museumstore@petersen.org

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA---A very special afternoon with author and vintage racer, Lee Raskin is planned for February 25th at Burbank, California, where Lee will happily sign copies of his Best-Seller: “James Dean: At Speed”

Fully fifty years after his untimely death, James Dean’s candle still burns as brightly as ever, and Lee Raskin’s new best seller “James Dean: At Speed” is perhaps the best-ever book on the subject.

Porsche expert, respected author, and Dean historian, Lee Raskin will appear at Autobooks-Aerobooks on Saturday afternoon, February 25 from 3 to 5 PM to autograph copies of his book and discuss the fascinating life of James Dean. He is also well equipped to “talk Porsche” with visitors too. “This will be my first trip to Autobooks, I’m almost embarrassed to admit it; but the anticipation of being at the store and meeting the kind of people who frequent this world renown motorsports bookstore is more than enough to assuage that feeling!”

This newest offering from the always-in-top-gear David Bull Publishing celebrates the life and times of one of the most enduring pop icons in American history, James Dean. This book just vibrates with the ghosts and goings on of 50 years ago. This guy is forever young, forever someone that we all felt that we knew personally and yet could not have.

Featuring vivid photographs, personal memorabilia, and telling reminiscences from his closest friends and family, James Dean: At Speed captures Dean's life both on and off the screen and reveals an unseen side of this quintessential American idol.

This book provides a richly illustrated and definitive account of Dean’s life, from his early childhood and his determination to succeed as an actor, to a minute-by-minute account of the events of September 30, 1955 leading up to Dean’s death. The unmatched accuracy and careful attention to detail of this research have earned this book the endorsement of the Dean family and a personal foreword by Dean’s cousin, Marcus Winslow.

Dean’s love affair with speed started early. By age ten, he was driving around the family farm on a tractor, then on a motorized bicycle called a Whizzer. In high school, he was the only teenager to own a motorcycle, a CZ 125cc, and he was famous for daredevil stunts and scaring the wits out of his classmates.

In the years following Dean bought a succession of more powerful motorcycles. When his acting career generated the money that finally allowed him to purchase a proper sports car, he immediately bought a race-prepared MG, then traded that for a Porsche Speedster, competing in sports car races in southern California. As the whole world knows, Dean was on his way to a race, driving his new state-of-the-art Porsche 550 Spyder, when he lost his life in what has become a legendary road accident.

This remarkable biography ends with a comprehensive epilogue that brings Dean’s story up to date. The reader will learn what has happened to the people and the machines that filled Dean’s life. This “Where are they now?” information is fascinating and remarkable; it debunks the many myths and misconceptions that have become intertwined with Dean’s saga. Now, fifty years after Dean’s death, there are new facts and many surprises in store for the reader.

Raskin has told us personally that he’ll be bringing a limited number of special “goodies” along with him to Autobooks for his appearance. Some very unique photos and signed “unpublished stories” from the book are in the offing for those who purchase a book on that day.

FOR MEDIA INFORMATION: Doug Stokes at Autobooks (818) 845-0707
James Dean: At Speed by Lee Raskin