The Northeast Motorsports Museum has released its first major product, a book covering much of the history of auto racing in New England. The museum will receive all profits from the sale of the book.

"A History of Auto Racing in New England, Volume One" covers some of the most interesting people, events and moments in New England motorsports. Order now for Christmas gift giving.

There is an entire chapter on the Rockingham, N.H., track that was build entirely out of lumber in 1925. At one and one-quarter miles in length, the oval's turns were banked at 49-degrees, far more steeply than any track in America today. The Indy cars that raced at Rockingham competed at over 140 mph.

Histories of racing in Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont are told in chapter format. The midgets, supermodifieds, and modifieds are three of New England's most popular and most interesting divisions and they are explored in full chapters. There's an entire chapter of early photos and another focuses on those who have lost their lives at New England's race tracks. Road racing and drag racing each get a full chapter.

There are over 400 photos in this hard cover book, many of which have never been published before. The index has thousands of entries, names of people and places in the 300 pages of "A History of Auto Racing in New England."

The book has been created, printed, and published in New England. The entire effort is New England-based. It's published by Coastal 181, a family-owned corporation that has produced more books on racing in the Northeast than any other.

Priced at $34.95 + $6 S&H (Mass residents add $2.18 tax), it's available at Coastal 181.com, 978-462-2436, toll free-1-877-907-8181, 29 Water St., Newburyport, MA 01950.