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Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's
« Reply #330 on: November 29, 2017, 04:43:35 AM »

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Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's
« Reply #331 on: November 29, 2017, 04:54:42 AM »

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Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's
« Reply #332 on: November 29, 2017, 07:34:41 AM »
Myself and co-driver Rick Stevens, seated on trailer fender.  We had done the 68 T/A at the Glen.
Car is loaded on trailer and ready to head to 69 Sebring 12 hr.  Owner Al Richards towed it down from
Weston ON with a Cadillac sedan.  Rick and I drove separately to Sebring (more adventures for both
of us).  Al had several flats with the trailer on the way down.
Not sure where this pic was taken - by Al's house? Rick had previously raced in the 67 Sebring T/A
4 hr. and the 67 St.Jovite 4 hr. sedan race with his 1293 Mini. He later raced a variety of cars and also
drove in 2 Daytona 24 hr. races in an RX7.  Was also Holland NY mini stock champion at one time.

We also teamed up for 3 IMSA Camel GT races in 72 with the ex Alfie Ruys de Perez 69 camaro T/A
car - 3 3rd places in the 5 litre touring class - 1 3 hr and 2 6 hr races.

Robert
 

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Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's
« Reply #333 on: November 30, 2017, 12:54:20 AM »
That is cool! For some reason I keep finding your racing pictures.

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Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's
« Reply #334 on: November 30, 2017, 03:03:10 PM »
I hope this is appropriate here, there are a few shots with Camaros and Mustangs.

For Christmas 1967, a skinny seventeen year old got a Kodak Super 8 movie camera. This budding race car enthusiast performed his initial practice with the device at the 1968 Sports Car Club of America Polar Prix, held at Green Valley Raceway, in Smithfield, Texas.

If you ignore the first half to two-thirds of video 1 (we had an ice storm that year, and the kid and some of his friends had a Snow Day from school), you should see some interesting video; including pictures of at least one real Corvette Grand Sport (and maybe another faux version); some vintage road racing coverage, and pictures of a TV star getting his SCCA National License.

Go through the Videos in order, 1 through 4, as that takes you in sequence from practice and qualifying on Saturday into the racing on Sunday.

Remembering that it was been almost 50 years since this film was taken, some of my recollections might be a little cloudy, but feel free to ask questions once you have had a chance to enjoy them.

And please forgive the quality (and that it was the cheapest Super 8 camera Kodak made), thankfully I did not pursue a career in cinematography.

Enjoy!

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8Dxkqz

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Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's
« Reply #335 on: November 30, 2017, 04:14:00 PM »
Thanks Jim!   

I enjoyed the videos (and I've seen much worse camera work before - I think you did a very good job!)..  but I sure wish they had sound!!  ;)

I had to look up 'Smithfield, Tx' and the dates for that race..  date seems to have been 15/16 June, and Smithfield has since been gobbled up by 'Richmond Hills, TX' (just north of Fort Worth)..  The raceway and drag stip apparently shut down in 1986 and is now site of 'subdivisions and houses'..

I had been 'living' in Texas just prior to that (Lackland AFB, San Antonio) if you can call basic training as 'living'.. :)    but I completed that phase in early May of that year... :)
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