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Old 12-16-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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Default A Few Photos from Ken Paprocki

Hi Everybody and HO HO HO...Merry Christmas.

Here are a few photos from one of my customers whose family is from North Denver. I think he said these were from his Grandmothers album. The first picture is taken at Lakeside Amusement Park and I think this building became the Fun House....although it seems to be facing north and south instead of east and west. Lakeside used to have dances in there like Elitches Trocadero Room, complete with the Big Bands of that era. You can see ads for those dances behind the #7 midget in one of the other pics. Also, in another picture, you can see the driver of one midget is thrown from his car and is landing in another car. I have seen pics on ARM of (I think) the same accident...but not sure. I can not ID the other drivers nor could Ken....SOOOOO Here you go Mitch....HELP. By the way, all of these photos were taken at Denvers Lakeside Speedway or Amusement Park circa 1930-40 ish???? Check out the link below for some great shots of Lakeside from the Denver Library.

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm...d/cosuppress/0
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Those are too cool!
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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Great old shots, the first racing shot is Cannonball Weir sliding backwards in #8, Clark Foster running over him. A few seconds later Mike Straffieri would plow into these cars flip over and die of his injuries, June 9, 1946. The next one is late 1930's Bert McNeece exit's his #27, lands on top of #44 Bill Logan, and #19 Harold Mainard, amazingly McNeece only skinned his knee. I don't know who's in the #7, I'll check my resources. I recognize the #24 as Harry Conklin's first race car, but can't I.D. the driver, this was the ex-Mike Straffieri car. That last crash photo is amazing, the #2 is a Vic Feldt built car, Earl Kuba owned and drove it, but this may be Carroll Helms driving the #2 on this night probably 1946, I'll try to figure out the other cars. Nice pictures Rick!
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:27 AM   #4
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From the posture, I think that's Dad (Earl Kouba) in the #2. That's how he taught joe and i to "dive for the basement".
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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Jimmy, I wasn't sure, so many of the photo's I see of your Dad behind the wheel he's wearing a black or dark brown leather jacket? I saw a different picture of Carroll Helms driving the #2 car wearing white pants, and jacket so I was guessing. Maybe you can pin it down for us!
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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Well, I was thinking we'd all have to guess, but I found this newspaper clipping, which confirm it was Earl. Earl often did wear white shirts and sometimes a whire silk jacket. Almost always he wore white pants. Here are a few more shots of the Vic Felt car. It carried #2 in 46 and #1 in 47.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:18 PM   #7
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Here is a enlarged view of the clipping text.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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Fantastic! great stuff Jimmy, it's cool to pin point the cars and drivers of some old photo that show's up in a collection with little or no info attached to it.
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