MADISON, Ind. (April 2004) On the heels of their first collaborative
book about unlimited hydroplane racing, Madison: Hydroplane
Heritage, Fred Farley and Ron Harsin are about to release a
second book, this one scheduled to hit the bookstores by June 1.
Judging from the success of the first book, released in August 2003,
the publisher, Bristol Fashion Publications of Harrisburg, Pa., decided
to re-organize the first book to make it more marketable on the West
Coast. To do so, they took out much of the parts about Madisons
racing history and all the parts about the making of the hydroplane
racing movie Madison.
The second book, titled Hydroplane Heritage, is tentatively
set to sell for $24.95. The first book is priced at $34.95 and is
still available at the following Madison locations: Fabric Shop, Gifts
That Last, Cover to Cover Bookstore, Clifty Inn gift shop and Sam
Goodys record store.
The publisher saw the potential of selling the book on the West
Coast but needed to make it less site specific and more generally
about hydroplane racing, said Harsin, 51, who took most of the
photos for the first book and helped lay out the pages. Farley, 59,
provided the editorial, much of it from previous columns and articles
over the years while serving as the official historian for the American
Power Boat Association.
A third book, meanwhile, also is in the works. The men recently completed
the manuscript and sent to press a book titled, A Century of
Gold Cup Racing. This tome details unlimited hydroplane racing
from 1904 to 2004, with photos from all but a few race winners.
The books are to be sold this summer at Hydro-Prop race sites around
the country at the APBA booth. They also will be available online
at www.amazon.com or at the publishers website: www.bfpbooks.com.
A fourth book is being considered that would compile all the information
related to the making of the movie Madison into a hardbound
book, with a price range from $45 to $49, Harsin said. This project
depends on the release of the movie sometime this summer and the sales
of the first three books.
The publisher may have Fred and me travel to the hydroplane
racing sites this summer to conduct book signings, said Harsin,
who wrote the chapters in the first book on the movie. The books
sell better during racing season.