Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say
He's the master of going faster. -George Harrison
Page 4. I assume this was a bi- weekly letter since it says it was issue # 16 on page 1
You are absolutely right, Kevin.
That was the ONLY way in those days that you could get your Nascar racing news. If you were really lucky, you could catch exerpts of one of the bigger races on "Wide World Of Sports" 3 or 4 weeks after they occured. "Hot Rod" magazine and "Motor Trend" would sometimes have feature stories with nice pictures of the races at Riverside, Daytona, and the Charlotte "World 600" but they would appear 2 or 3 months after the events took place. I remember when the Chrysler Hemis took Daytona by storm in 1964, "Sports Illustrated" covered the event with an article titled "Swoop of a Secret Weapon". I still have a copy of that one around somewhere.
Beentherebefore is right. You had to be subscribing to NSSN or another paper to get the news. There was a five-minute segment on the old NBC (I think) weekend radio show, "Monitor" at about 8:55 p.m. Eastern on Sunday evening when they gave race results. I was a member of NASCAR for a few years and recall getting the newsletters.
Thought this might be interesting. Pic is ID'd as at VIR. This is RLP in 1966 with a factory Barracuda Trans-Am car; Chrysler engineer Scott Harvey operated the team, like the Ramchargers. Bob Tullius of Group 44 had the Dodge Dart deal (the backward 44 on the car in the background is their logo). The Barracudas were that color blue all year. Chrysler dropped out at the end of the year, then came back in 1970.
Pic is from http://public.fotki.com/gwadagone/tr...hardpetty.html
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The fans should be the absolute last people considered on any decision that could effect a participant. Doc Austin
Lying was a no-brainer for me. Robin Miller
"I thought they booed [Danica] because she was being a complete jerk, but then they applauded for A.J. Foyt. Now I'm just confused."
We are currently restoring this 71 Roadrunner. This car ran as the #32 car at Ontario and Riverside in 1972 and driven by Kevin Terris. Kevin Terris had an earlier car, a 1969 Roadrunner, which he ran before and after the 1971 Roadrunner. We do not need information on the 1969 car. Does anyone have any information where this car might have run in 1971 and/or any prior history of it? Does anyone have any photos of this car which might help in documenting its history and which might help us in its restoration? The 71 Roadrunner is the red car on the right in the picture below. Please contact Randy at email@example.com 707-974-8061.
We are currently restoring this 1960 Starliner. This car was owned Junie Donleavey in 1960, later owned by the Wamsleys from Virginia. It was driven by several drivers among them Speedy Thompson and Runt Harris. We have found only 3 pictures of this car and one of them is below. Does anyone have any other pictures that would help us in the restoration of this car? Anyone have any historical information on this car? Contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org 707-974-8061.
Have you contavted Joe Machado who runs this site?
He worked on Kevin Terris's pit crew in 1971. Here is a quote from one of the videos on that site (even though it involves the '70 body);
Kevin Terris - Joe made the trip from California to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1971 as a member of Kevin Terris' pit crew. This video shows a small portion of Terris' unsuccessful qualifying run for the World 600. The Road Runner seen here started life as a '68 Satellite street car that was found abandoned in a Los Angeles airport parking lot. The car experienced several re-incarnations in its racing life, including a brief stint as a SuperBird which finished 38th at the Falstaff 400 on June 14, 1970.
Found this shot of neil Bonnet's first Cup win at Ontario, Calif, 1977. Picture compliments of Bakerracingpix.
Good shot of Frank Warren's Dodge Magnum in turn #6 at Riverside, June, 1979. Picture compliments of Bakerracing.
Top picture - John Borneman, Bobby Allison, & Richard Petty - same race
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Where in Winston-Salem was his shop? Im up there about once a week
Brock Yates' Nascar book (mostly reprints of his 60s articles for C/D) has a story on that trip North by Pearson and Owens, including IIRC a feud between Ned Jarrett and Billy Wade.
IIRC it has the old deadpan line, "We ain't gonna run with the sporty cars? Damn. I was looking forward to killin' me a couple of them l'il gentlemen."
The book includes a great story about Linda Vaughn at her height. I remember the story from when it originally ran in the magazine.
I compiled and sent a huge amount of info (dates of birth, death, hometowns, corrected spellings, etc.) to Greg Fielden for inclusion in a revision of the Encyclopedia, but unfortunately Greg had some health issues and it never saw print. He was duly impressed with my efforts, which also corrected things like the details of Norm Palmer's accident. I wound up passing it along to Racing Reference.
I remember seeing Norm run the dayglo '70 Roadrunner at Ascot in a 1972 GNW race. Along with John Soares Jr.'s car, one of the best sounding cars. Soares' sound was down to something he did to his headers.
Take what you read about Ontario and Riverside with a grain of salt as it's often wrong. Like for example, see how "few" people there are in those 60's and 70's shots from Riverside? To read some ignorant statements of late (usually targeting Fontana), one would think there were never any crowds, no interest, etc.
The low attendance at the final Cup race at Ontario is oft cited as an example, but its done by folks who might have other stereotypes...like about perfect weather. There were gale force winds that weekend which postponed the preliminary Grand American race until the morning of the Cup race. And, that is one area you do NOT want to be in when the Santa Ana winds are in full force.
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"An emphasis was placed on drivers with road racing backgrounds which meant drivers from open wheel, oval track racing were at a disadvantage. That led Tony George to create the IRL." -Indy Review 1996
"Interesting thing I just noticed about that Earnhardt pic is the the catch fence. It looks alot like the modern day fences that curve over the track. This was unheard of 30+ years ago."
The Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville was built with that type fence in 1961.
I don't remember the sound of John Soares' car but I do remember that it was one of the nicest looking cars running in Winston West in the early 70s. Regretfully, I didn't get any photos of it when I dragged my camera to the track. There are some nice photos of it in Jack McCoy's book.
Yes, Soares' white car was nice looking. His melon colored Charger with blue violet number was even nicer looking and that's the one that sounded great, at least at Ascot.
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