I,m his grandaughter and live on Maui he was a wonderful grandfather and softened with age!he loved my hands and spirit! I had no idea how famous he was! he was very humble and sang me the KKK-Katy song when ever he could! His wife, my grandmother was a proper and fiesty english woman. A little macho italian and a fiesty englisf woman!They made quite a pair! 8 grandchildren and two children! we are all still alive! we called them Monners and Popete! My uncle Tommy is turning 90 this october 12 2013! sincerly Catherine (Katy) Miller
There are quite a few copies of "Wall Smacker" currently listed on eBay. I'm a friend of Peter's son and have a screenplay titled The Brickyard Boys based on his life and the years he raced at Indianapolis. It's adapted from the book and his memoirs.
Chris Blackwell,If you're still looking for a copy of Pete DePaulo's book "Wall Smacker",try www.alibris.com If you like books on Indy cars from that era,try www.milleroffy.com and click on "recommended books".
Being from South Jersey, there's a kind of Peter DePaolo connection, as I belive he lived in Vineland, N.J during the mid 20's. Peter was also in charge of the Ford factory teams in the mid 50's before Nascar stopped them in 1957.
Peter also wrote a book about his parents "Going To See My Sweetheart". I don't know if it was ever published. I have a typed copy that Peter gave my parents.
Rougher than tape, these wooden steering wheels were wrapped with 1/16", cotton kern mantle, Venetian blind cord. Some times the line was painted, or shellacked so as to keep it taught. This was done to give the driver a firm grip when the wheel became sweaty & oily, according to my Pop, who worked for National for a short time in the late teens. Pete's looks to have been close wrapped, then over-wrapped again with wide wraps. I did this to my old Ford truck one time. It works great, but I would not have cared to race 500 miles over bricks, hanging on to that thing either!
Coincidentally, last night I listened for the first time to my newly purchased download of the 1971 race, at which Peter DePaolo sang "Back Home Again in Indiana." It's available elsewhere on this website, and is certainly worth a listen if anyone is interested in getting it. I've heard of Peter's book "Wall Smacker", but I've never seen it. If anyone knows where I might be able to obtain a copy for my collection, I would appreciate hearing from you.
I think he sang "Back Home Again" for a race in the seventies. I think the Vukovich accident web sight has a recording of him interviewing Vuky in 1955. Both of these jive with Donald's comment about his voice.