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Old 12-23-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default 60's late model and convertible action around Chicago

60's late model and convertible action around Chicago, mainly from O'Hare, Soldier Field, and others as noted.

Bill Lutz



Erick Johnson



Bob Chapman #44, Harry Simonson #TS-1



Bill Lutz



Johnson and Sennaker at Illiana



Roy Martinelli in Johnson's car at O'Hare He was the car owner



Bob Dotter-O'Hare



Dave Hirschfield-Ohare



Eddie Jast-O'Hare

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Old 12-23-2009, 11:44 PM   #2
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Hi Slim, These are great photos! Bill Lutz had good looking cars and those guys took the idea of a late model seriouslly. By that I mean current year cars. They also took their racing pretty seriously too. Soldier Field was a fun place to go to watch the races, but you had to go through some pretty bad neighborhoods to get there. That is if you had to rely on a CTA bus. O'hare was a pretty neat track, I wish I could have gone there more.

In the third photo the #44 Chevy ll is Bob Chapman, I don't know who's in TS1.
Bob Chapman and Sal Tovella both raced early Chevy ll's. I guess they weren't early in those days. Bob's car I want to say was yellow and spotless, Sal's was pale blue and beat all to hell. Some of the best races I ever saw was between those two guys. I think Sal won a chamhpionship with that car at Soldier Field. I loved watching him, he was really intense. I was only a teen ager at the time and would be in Chicago for part of the summer to keep me away from some of my buddies here in Denver that seemed to have a knack for finding trouble. I don't know too much more about Chicago racing, but I sure enjoyed what I saw there.
Thank you for posting these photos, they're great.



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Old 12-24-2009, 06:29 AM   #3
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Harry Simomson is in the TS-1, I went back and looked it up!
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Oh man... I love that vintage of stock car.

I wish I still had my 65 Fury.
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Hi Slim, Something that really stands out on these cars is sign art on them. Not only are they new cars or practicalyy new, but the signs are really beatufully done. There were some outstanding artists in Illinois and Wisconsin in those days. It's great to look at their work. Thank you for sharing these photos.



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I'm glad you noticed, Chris, most of the graphics were done by Art Dexter.
Dex was and still is my hero! As a kid at O'Hare Stadium in the sixties, that was the first thing I noticed! He had "Signs by Dexter" big enough on the fender, you could read it from the stands!

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