This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Randall Cannon.
Randall Cannon is author of “Stardust International Raceway, Motorsports Meets the Mob in Vegas, 1965-1971,” a look at a unique intersection of historic forces, the biggest racing names of the era and a venue that remains but a memory for many.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Cannon talks about his childhood connection to the raceway; the untold story that took three years to research; his exclusive interview with Irwin Molasky, one of the key people involved with the project; and his first interview, after starting the book, with Mario Andretti.
Cannon is a former motocross racer and a lifelong motorsports enthusiast. He grew up in rustic 1960’s Las Vegas and attended numerous professional and local race events at the long-shuttered Stardust International Raceway.
Returning to the Las Vegas Valley in 2010, Cannon pondered the history of the raceway, and the void of readily available information. He began to put together the pieces of the first authoritative study of Stardust International Raceway, published by McFarland Books.