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Old 09-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Drivers - What did they do for a Living?

I was trying to remember what Sam Sauer did for a living....and it escapes me. Does anyone know what he did? How about other drivers....????

Don and Fritz Wilson installed pipe insulation. Roy Jackson and his father were masons. Odie Robertson (at one time) did window coverings. Bob Jackson sawed concrete and Wayne Stallsworth herded a truck for Safeway.

Do you know what Dave Fite did for a living or Frank Barton? How about Bob Brown or Blu Plemons?




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Old 09-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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Blu Plemions owned his own towing company for quite awhile. He didn't chase wrecks, he did towing for a lot of garages and car lots. If I remember right he had been an ironworker in his younger days.

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Jim "Lunchmeat" Moore was union pipefitter
Butch Wallace was a carpenter
Mike McIntyre owned a towing company
Jay Saxton Sr. owned a body shop and a towing company
Ed Mailo was a tile setter
Terry Boyle was a mechanic, certfied welder, and did appliance repair
Ed Brunner was an equipment mechanic and welder
Les Rohrig works for Coors
Craig Moore is a pipefitter and race car builder
Chuck Jarman is a mechanic
Billy Vaughn was a supervisor for City of Westminster
Tedo Spano ran a greenhouse
Bob Land worked for public service
Pat Petrie at one time taught drivers ed.



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Old 09-22-2012, 10:11 AM   #3
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From what I understand, Stallsworth's trucking job with Safeway was at night. So during the race season Wayne would start his "midnight run" after a long night of driving race cars.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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Some one told me that Stallsworth later in his life he hauled Penske's indy show car to different places around the country.I forget now who told me but he said Wayne said it was a great job he'd pull into a dealership or some ware and set up then set around talk racing for a couple of days then move on to a new place.

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:29 AM   #5
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During the 12 years moose and i raced together he had 2 jobs rnning trash trucks for blue barrel and sca services...and he also ran a cable laying crew in 83 putting mile hi cable underground...last i talked to him he was driving dodge parts across the makinaw bridge in michigan....of course we all had a hand in at our shops...thpracing had 3 different locations...76 to 87...always keep in mind moose had taken a 20mm round thru his hip and other areas during his 2 vietnam tours...so most of his jobs he sat on his fat butt!!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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harry stone and the 1 of the day brothers dan or dick worked for the denver fire department and the other worked for the water department if i remember right. bruce rhoades used to work for a trucking co.[his brother warren jr. still does] he now works for the city of thornton? i believe professor coupe worked for the city, water dept i think?, but miss peggy cracked the whip and kept a sharp on on him so he couldn't have any fun anyway!!!and superstroke has worn many hats including stints with the fire dept, truck driver, gas/tire man with nascar, dabbles a bit in pinstriping and generally awesome lettering feats, and now does electronic fuel injection conversions on older rides
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:12 AM   #7
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Dave, Dan Day was a Dever fireman plus being a ski patrolman and his brother Dick worked for Denver Water department. I worked for the Denver Parks and Recreation dept as a warehouse supervisor. Miss Peggy is still cracking the whip on me in a vain attempt to keep me in line. That's a full time job for her as I tend to wander off the reservation frequently.



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Old 09-25-2012, 11:54 AM   #8
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And yet another great thread here on ARM!!! Thanks Rick and everyone else who have added their posts. ~VB

You may know him as "The Mayor of Garden City" (near Greeley, CO) or "Tiger" or just Clarence. Clarence Krieger and his many #83G racecars were very well known at both Intermountain Speedway in Cheyenne and at Lakeside Speedway in Denver. Career wise, Clarence was heavily involved in the agricultural industry both in Colorado (Greeley area) and then later down in Arizona (Phoenix area) during the winter months. Over the years, many beers have been hoisted with friends and crew members at Clarence’s shop, the Racer’s Roost.
http://autoracingmemories.com/forums...read.php?t=657

Kennie Hawkins’ storied racing career began in 1955. The white #22 modified and Kennie were crowd favorites at Cheyenne until he retired in 1976. Kennie worked for at least two wholesale beer distributors there in Cheyenne, including past W.A.R.C. President Joe Montgomery’s Storz Beer operation and Orrison Distributing’s Budweiser operation. And every Saturday night after the races were over, there was always plenty of free beer for everyone down in Kennie’s pit area.
http://autoracingmemories.com/forums...hread.php?t=52

Mutt Evans dogged his competition at Intermountain Speedway in Cheyenne, WY from 1956 through 1961 by winning the B-Class Track Championship every year except 1958 (3rd) and 1961 (6th). By trade, Mutt was a house painter, mostly interiors, but he also did exteriors when the wind wasn’t blowing in Cheyenne.
http://autoracingmemories.com/forums...read.php?t=302

Sign painters always have the coolest looking race cars. Back in the early ‘50s, sign painter Harold Asmus and his #71 Ford coupe raced at Speedway Park in Ft. Collins, CO.
http://autoracingmemories.com/forums...read.php?t=336

John E. “Johnny” Rostek (1925-1969) owned and operated Rostek Construction and the Lamplighter Motels, Inc. based out of Ft. Collins, CO. His wife, Shirley L. Rostek (1925-2008), was the bookkeeper for these two booming enterprises. Later, Rostek owned the Charco Broiler steakhouse in Fort Collins.
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Compton "Comp" Wilson (Berthoud, CO), a dairy farmer by trade, raced at Speedway Park in Fort Collins, CO; at Intermountain Speedway in Cheyenne, WY; and at Englewood Speedway in Englewood, CO.
http://autoracingmemories.com/forums...hread.php?t=33

After WWII ended, Lou Wendzel and wife Ethel moved back home to Erie, CO, and then to Cheyenne, WY where Lou took an electrician job with the Union Pacific Rail Road (UPRR).
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Does anyone know what Sam Sauer did for a living?

Joe James Jr. was and still is a backhoe operator. Chris Miles is a body man. Bob Brown repaired TV's and Dave Fite repaired appliances. Lynn Hunter was a machinest and George Butland owned and operated GB auto salvage.




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Old 10-05-2012, 09:19 AM   #10
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Rick, my wife grew up in north Denver, (Duane Harr is her father) so she was around Sam all the time. I showed her this thread, she says she remembers Sam working at service stations as a mechanic, and also as a construction worker, sort of jack of all trades. But she was not 100% sure what he did most of the time. If you go to the RMMRA web site (www.rmmra.com?) Gary Martellon is the historian you can contact him thru the site, he can tell you exactly what Sam did.
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