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Way back when, Tommy Ivo bought a new 1955 Buick Century, decided it felt pretty quick and, on a whim, decided to drag-race it. He won. And if ever the phrase "the rest is history" begs for use despite its cliché status, it's right here, to describe what happened after that big, ol' Buick lumbered through the timing traps.A bright new book by veteran auto writer Tom Cotter is on the shelves today, telling of the unbelievable life and times of Ivo, who chucked the bright lights of acting for fast cars and tire smoke, but who kept every bit of the showmanship he'd absorbed from TV and movies.In fact, the book is called TV Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's Master Showman. (Motorbooks, $28)Drive On was fortunate to see Ivo run his dragster powered by four Buick V-8 engines back in the 1960s at the Omaha Dragway. You can And you can see a Here's why it's worth calling your attention to Cotter's book:Or, as another of our favorites -- car guy, racer, Cobra-creator, high-performance specialist Carroll Shelby -- says about leaving chicken farming for race driving: "I never made a dime until I started doing what I loved."We're suckers for happy endings.

Way back when, Tommy Ivo bought a new 1955 Buick Century, decided it felt pretty quick and, on a whim, decided to drag-race it. He won. And if ever the phrase "the rest is history" begs for use despite its cliché status, it's right here, to describe what happened after that big, ol' Buick lumbered through the timing traps.A bright new book by veteran auto writer Tom Cotter is on the shelves today, telling of the unbelievable life and times of Ivo, who chucked the bright lights of acting for fast cars and tire smoke, but who kept every bit of the showmanship he'd absorbed from TV and movies.In fact, the book is called TV Tommy Ivo: Drag Racing's Master Showman. (Motorbooks, $28)Drive On was fortunate to see Ivo run his dragster powered by four Buick V-8 engines back in the 1960s at the Omaha Dragway. You can And you can see a Here's why it's worth calling your attention to Cotter's book:Or, as another of our favorites -- car guy, racer, Cobra-creator, high-performance specialist Carroll Shelby -- says about leaving chicken farming for race driving: "I never made a dime until I started doing what I loved."We're suckers for happy endings.

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In this three-minute film clip, watch TV Tommy Ivo assemble his tube-framed dragster and install a supercharged, nitro-guzzling Chrysler hemi V8. Here’s a rare and special look at drag racing machinery circa 1965, check it out.