One of the actors that appeals most to the imagination is without any doubt James Dean. Women like Dean for his looks. Men because of the aura of rebellie that hangs around him, and ofcourse his love for racing and sportscars. After the fatal accident James Dean suffered at September 30th at 1955, at an age of only 24, many books have been written about this mythical actor. Many stories have been told, not all of them as accurate investigated or documented as one would expect.

Lee Raskin, probably the most renowned James Dean historian, spend hours and hours on investigation the life and death of James Dean. Raskin’s interest in James Dean started after Dean’s death in september 1955, when his sister made a shrine in her room with hundreds of pictures she took out of magazines. As Raskin was born and raised in a family that owned an auto parts shop, his attention was drawn to 2 particular pictures : Dean resting against a white Porsche 356 Speedster and Dean driving his brand new Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed ‘Little Bastard’.

After his previous book ‘ James Dean at speed’, Raskin continues the story of James Dean in this book “James Dean : on the road to Salinas” describing James Dean’s life in the last months of his life. That was the time Dean started racing his Porsche 356 Speedster, and where his leading role in the movie ‘Giant’ was filmed. That was about the time James Dean acquired the Porsche 550 Spyder ‘Little Bastard’, the car he would finally be killed in. Raskin thought the book was an ideal way to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Dean’s death, and there could be no better debut as at the 40th Annual James Dean Festival at Fairmount.

This book is without any doubt the best documented and best researched James Dean book about his life months, including day by day and hour by hour details on his last trip : the trip to Salinas on September 30th 1955. Raskin tells the real story, bringing back many rumours to history and it includes many rare and legendary pictures as well as images that have never been published before.

A true must-have for any James Dean, Porsche or race library.


  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stance & Speed; 1st edition (September 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989114937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989114936
James Dean - On the road to Salinas Book Cover James Dean - On the road to Salinas
Lee Raskin
Biography & Autobiography
Stance and Speed
September 24 2015

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