Anatoly Armaisevich Arutunoff, aka Toly, Tolman, the Mad Russian — often mistaken for the Wild Bull of the Pampas, Christopher Lloyd, and Phil Silvers — was the first of his family to be born in the U.S.
Growing up in both Bartlesville, Oklahoma, one of the many oil-industry-based communities in the state, and Beverly Hills amidst the Russian Film Colony, a humble but never retiring young man found his passion for life with his very first spoken word: "car."
The son of a man of true genius, Armais Arutunoff, and aristocratic mother, Kyra Claudia, Toly entered college at the age of 15. His degrees — in English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, and The Bible — never got in the way of his pursuit of cars or racing and only enhanced his truly one-of-a-kind life.
With nearly 60 years of car collecting, racing, rallying, and building his own track under his belt he has still not retired from any of these pursuits and doesn't plan to do so!
He resides in Tulsa with his wife, Karen, and two dogs, a rescued Schipperke named Loupy, and a Japanese Chin called Oui Oui.
"it's a book that re-ignites the sense of fun and wonder that once filled the automotive world, written by a bright and (if I may say so) eccentric friend of mine who simply loves cars and everything about them. Toly has an irrepressible enthusiasm for life — and for our favorite sport — that shines through on every page with the intensity of his favorite J.C. Whitney driving lights."
"It was reassuring to read a column by Alain de Cadenet (now there's a name out of a racing novel for you) making the point that we oldsters should make an effort to pass on the philosophies and contexts of motorsports in days of yore to today's youth. Heck, make that today's 40-year-olds. That's the main reason I keep jotting and scribbling and notating."