About the Author: J. E. (Jim) Pendleton was born and
raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has had an interest in
automobiles and history for most of his life. He spent
several years as an SCCA road racer and a lifetime
involved with hotrods. It wasn't until after he retired from
a long career in the telecommunications industry that
Jim decided to pursue another of his dreams and write
his first book.
His first novel, The Special, was born from his love of
family, hotrods and history. These are topics that are
sure to be the center of future works.
He is currently working on a series of novels where a
young China Marine watches regional conflict explode
into what becomes World War II. Jim has long
considered World War II the single most important
historical event of the twentieth century. His father
fought in the Pacific and his uncle, Billy Pendleton is the
main character in The Special and was lost in the Battle
of the Atlantic.
A call from a stranger leads me on a journey
I could never have imagined. The caller said
he had my uncle's car. How could this be?
My uncle died in WW II when his plane was
shot down over the Bay of Biscay off the
coast of England. After some questioning I
realized I had the opportunity of a lifetime.
An opportunity to learn a bit about the uncle
I had heard about my entire life, an uncle
who died 3 years before I was born, an
uncle I had always wanted to know more
about. I also was being given the gift of a
car that had been built by this uncle's own
hands and the hands of those he had been
close to in his final years. The real treasure
was the bond I formed with a man and the
incredible story he told. The story of my
uncle, the building of the car, and the
people they both loved.
The Special is a fact based novel; the story
of family, love and trust in the face of
worldwide catastrophe. In 1941, Billy
Pendleton hitch-hiked to California to seek
his fortune not knowing what the future held.
After encouragement from his new found
friend and landlord he is soon building an
automobile to set speed records and
rubbing elbows with some true legends of
motor racing history. Into this heady world
walked the woman that would change his life
forever. As the car is built, romance blooms
and the world slips into a war that will touch
every person on the planet. Order your copy
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"This is the first ever book review on the BEGI website. Several years ago, an old buddy (Jim) sent me a
rough draft of a novel he had just completed. I read it and was completely surprised and delighted with the
combination of fast cars, beautiful women, World War II, and baseball. The biggest surprise of all was how
my old hot rod buddy and fellow racer was able to write a story that completely captured my imagination and
drew me completely into the scene. Jim put together words and phrases that literally put your mind right into
the story. His magic use of words is absolutely stunning and beautiful. I now think of the characters as
treasured friends. I'm not going to admit what I think about Sally.
The book is set in 1941 San Diego and follows a young Texan as he builds a dry lakes hot rod before the
term even existed. The car is built from scratch, with help and parts from legends such as Harry Miller, Fred
Offenhauser, Frank Kurtis, and Tommy Lee, a future founder of the SCCA. Oh, and I did mention beautiful
women, didn't I? His most devoted assistant was beautiful Sally Anthony, and just so you know, she's
already taken, after all it is my website.
The car is a dry lakes streamliner. It uses a cast off Indy car engine and a hand-built body and chassis. The
book details aspects of the car's construction and its performance. Its builder, my friend's uncle, names the
car "The Special". What can be better than a beautiful woman, Sally, driving a beautiful car?
As the car nears completion, the country is plunged into the horrors of a world war and lives are changed
forever. Race cars are set aside for bombers, romance is put on hold for duty, and Sally pulls out all the
By this time you may think I'm obsessed with Sally, I just have to say that obsession doesn't even come
close. This is a great read."
BEGi's Chief Engineer, Corky Bell, has 33 years of experience with forced induction design. Corky has
earned an engineering degree from Texas A&M, and authored two books on forced induction "Maximum
Boost" and "Supercharged". Bell has designed over 90 forced induction systems, of which over 20 are
currently in production.
BEGi has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the automotive media. BEGi and it's product line, Cartech
Racing Products, have been featured in over 120 magazine articles in the past twenty years. Writers and
road testers have repeatedly commented favorably about our engineering capability and the craftsmanship
of the components.
This article was published on Monday 24 September, 2012. To view the original review, visit:
"I can't recommend this book highly enough." HopUp Magazine Jan 2013 issue.
"First of all, the car on the cover has been in Hop Up, built by a friend of Hop Up; or you may have seen it at
Lone Star Roundup.
Jim began to write the story of his 'Special' build..and the story got legs, became a smash of a first novel
and God knows where it will lead. Don't miss it: cars, lakes history all the right names of the pre war, wartime
and immediate post war, a little bit of sex and intrigue and excellent development of characters and plots
that, well, professional writers can do." Editor, HopUp Magazine
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