The Union Boss and the Most Successful Race Car in History

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"Umbrella Mike" Boyle was the scourge of Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century. The notoriously corrupt leader of one of Chicago's most powerful unions associated with mobsters and corrupt politicians, and could freeze the city in gridlock on a whim. But at the height of the depression, Umbrella Mike changed the face of auto racing, and created one of the most dominant teams in motor sports. The "Boyle Special" was one of the most successful cars ever to run.

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