I can see this passing the Tenderloins thread eventually
This thread is now the first thing I go to when getting online
Raceday morning 1959. In just a few hours, this Leader Card Special would be sitting in Victory Lane.
Gotta love it. And the tractor!
Raceday morning - 1960. More bricks in the frontstretch than fans in the stands. Cars just starting to be rolled out onto pit lane.
More from 1960:
My favorite driver (Jimmy Bryan) in my favorite car (MetalCal Special) in front of a pack of cars. Sadly, this would be his last 500 :
BTW - All of the B&W photos I have posted (1959 - 1960's) were shot with a Kodak "Brownie" box camera using Kodak VP-127 film. Sure wish I could find the negatives.
(Earlier photos were by my dad, using some German reflex camera that I never could learn to use.)
Dave... Seeing them was only HALF the fun...Originally Posted by Ovalmeister
We used to sit up in H and J. They were metal stands. When the field of thirty-three came by, the stands actually SHOOK.
There were many times when I questioned whether the stands would hold up!
No turbos to stifel the sound... no "mufflers" just 132, sometimes 140 cylinders singing to their hearts content....
"Doc, just set them fingers sose I can hold the wheel"
James Hurtubise, June, 1964
Everybody please take note....
Roach's shots from the snake pit seemed to get more out of focus as the raceday wore on......
And why was Donohue carring that umbrella in one of the shots?
That must have sounded incredible. I've heard them obviously while watching the old videos and stuff. Also during "vintage" days at the track when they run them at reduced speeds on parade. (carb day, race morning, etc...).Originally Posted by ZOOOM
But I can't even imagine all 33 cars at full song. I imagine the stands did shake! You guys are lucky, lucky, LUCKY.
I recall one year, when my best friend and I took my little brother for the first time. After parking in the infield and before heading to our seats, the two of us put on our STP t-shirts (the pajama type) and offered one to my brother. He declined.
After the cars got strung out, one of the STP cars went roaring (and I mean ROARING) by, and little bro said, "What in the hell was THAT?"
I said, "That, boy, was a Novi."
He said, "Where's that t-shirt?"
IMS from the air. Found this postcard in an antique store a few yrs back.
Date on the postmark on back looks like it sez May 26, 1947
It really was in the middle of nowhere wasnt it?
Dang! Lotta grass there!Originally Posted by KevMcNJ
I have my Dads' ticket stub from his first 500 in 1935. He passed away in 2004 having missed only the war years and his final few years battling cancer. Cool old ticket huh? Love the price of admission! (and the race was held on Thursday?)
This was our last time together at the track, a practice day in 2004. I can't imagine the things he saw there in his years at the Speedway.
Jim...is that Wally D (in for Pollard) in the 40?
Surprised that all of the cars were not equiped with the umbrella option.
Please visit the tribute to my longtime friend Mel Kenyon
1980 Fast Friday
John Zink's Turbine
Demler Special (before) Check out the Studebaker Pace car!
great old shots of a gone but never forgotten era. Thanks a million.
Originally Posted by KevMcNJ
The spot where the yet-to-be-built house that I grew up in, is on that postcard.... In less that 8 years homes were being built all around the northside of the track... the tree lines look right, too.
"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music." - Jim Carey
This isn't my picture, but it's a great shot of a dominating performance that day in 1965.
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