I was just curious, have any of you had an embarrassing moment related to auto racing. Like saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing at a race.
I have had a "few" (no we are not going to tell the 40 year old story about my midget, my trailer and the Merc station wagon I hit)
One of the worst for me took place in the 1960's when I was doing the PR for the Hatfiled Hi Speedway in PA. We were going to run a special show and invited none other than Parnelli Jones and Jim Hurtubise to race on the 1/3 dirt ! It was truly a big event with those two legends driving there. I sent out scores of press release to all of the media with the date and particulars. That was fine...except for my column...the one I wrote for the Illustrated Speedway News. When you write a press release it has to be short and to the point, however when you write a column you as a rule have all the space you want. Mine was a masterpiece that told everything about the ARDC drivers and Jones & Hurtubise....plus a galaxy of photos. I proof read it and convinced myself that even Economacki could not write a better story (and he was great). In view of the fact that I wrote for the paper, Walter Bull gave me front page exposure. The story had all the info, drivers who were entered, the cars that were going to run...Jones & Herk and the date...! Oh wow...the date ! I put the wong date in my story and listed it one week to early ! Well you know what happened, scores of fans showed up at the track that night for a race that was going to be run the following week !!! They had to call the Hatboro Township Police to quell the un-happy fans. And all of them got free tickets for the show the next week. I cant remember but I think Parnelli and Herk ran 2-3 before a packed house. It took me years to live it down...every time I entered the ARDC pits a driver would ask me where the club was running the following week and when I told them the reply was..."are you sure"
I wonder if any of you have a story to relate here about an embarrassing moment you has at the races.