Jan, 1966 "Motor Trend 500"
This is the first of many Nascar races I attended at Riverside during the '60s and 70s.
Pace lap from the "Champion Spark Plug bridge" on the backstraight. David Pearson on the pole in the Cotten Owens Dodge. Dan Gurney next to him in the woods Bros Ford. 2nd row is Curtis Turner and Marvin Panch. 3rd row is Paul Goldsmith & Don White. Richard petty in the 4th row.
Riverside, Calif................"Motor Trend 500".................Jan., 1966
Paul Goldsmith's Plymouth running through the esses. Sorry about the picture quality, all - an old Brownie box camera was all that I could afford in those days and that wasn't the setup for getting good pictures of race cars at speed.
Riverside, Calif............."Motor Trend 500".............Jan., 1966
Richard Petty and Mario Andretti battling in turn #2. Neither got a top 10 finish. In the bacxkground is the old Goodyear tower on the s/f line. It originally came from LAX wher it had been the control tower. A few years later, a new building for track officials went up at the s/f line and the tower was moved down to the esses where it became photographers' favorite for action shots.
All from MIS
Richard Petty 1986
"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
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
Riverside, Calif................."Falstaff 400"..............June, 1970
Bobby Allison in Mario Rossi's winged Dodge Daytona
Never saw them race, but those wingmobiles have to be amongst my favourite cars ever.
Right up there with the 917 - which was of course also around at the same time.
I got this when we visited the Petty Enterprises compound while on a family vacation. Im sure everyone except dad and I were bored to tears. Anyhow they were selling small plots of actual land on Richard Pettys property in the gift shop. I couldnt make heads or tails of the legal mumbo jumbo on this document, but I think it was a 1 inch X 1 inch parcel of land.
Im gonna assume this was a legal and binding document until someone tells me otherwise, but wouldnt it be a humorous ending if "my" parcel of land on PETTY COUNTY was now in the middle of Kyle & Pattis living room or somewhere in the middle of Victory Junction?
Id love to visit the Randleman town hall and figure out exactly where my "property" sits
This reminds me of another thing in the present days. I live in SC but my delivery gig takes me all over NC every Friday. One of our not so regualar customers is in Randleman. Last time I was there I asked how often they see the King. The wife of the owner said she sees him every now and then down at the convenience store. Says hes just a good ole boy still to this day and he drives a black Chrysler with blacked out windows. I dont get all ga-ga around race car drivers, but Id love to run into him one morning when Im getting a coffee in Randleman
I HAD MY PIC TAKEN WITH LEE AND RICHARD AT DAYTONA
I GOT TO SIT IN THE CAR RICHARD WON HIS 199TH. RACE IN AT CURB RACING IN 1984.THAT IS BUDDY PARROT IN THE 2ND. PIC LOOKING ON.
Keith Koether http://www.kkraceshots.com
Ex ARCA, ASA and local bullring crewdog. I remember when racing was really racing and the Talladega Express!!!
Riverside, Calif............."Falstaff 400"................June, 1970
Article on the race from "The Los Angeles Times".