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Old 09-02-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default 50 YEARS AGO, Denver's LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY

Fifty years ago this weekend (9/1/13), Sept. 1 & 2, 1963, Lakeside Speedway had one of it's two day cards scheduled, including "THE BIG 500" on Tuesday. Sometimes that "Big 500" would be a combined event with the stock cars and midgets. This one appears to be just the stockers. I managed to get to about a third of the races that year, but must have missed this one while preparing for graduation and marriage. Too much on my mind, but had seen and photographed a lot of this season at Lakeside. Arguably the last good season (in my mind anyway) based on car count of a single class. There were at least 110 CARC cars (listed) plus several from Cheyenne, Colo. Springs and Pueblo. Witnessed a 19 car Hooligan race on one visit. It was an interesting summer of racing.

NOTE: Currently having photo posting issues, but since topic is time relevant, posting this much for now. Photos to follow soon.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Here's the Denver Post ad for that first weekend in September, and some shots that I captured on my trusty little 110 camera while standing outside the pit gate that summer of '63: #5 "Wimpy" Bateman, #14 car owner Bob McDowell driving in with the car that Ronnie Tomsic drove, #28 Elmer Sauer, & #42 Sam Sauer in the only photo I think I've seen of that car.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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More of those Lakeside Speedway cars from 1963: #3 Bob Harrington in what I think was the first '32 Ford fiberglass body at Lakeside; #40 Doug Plue; #54 Ed Ruff; #17 Ken Kreutzer in the second coupe he built that season. He renumbered his first coupe as #37; and #98 Jerry Malloy in a car that was white, red and primer when I took this photo. It would eventually be painted a pale yellow with darker yellow and black Olde English numbers, although I don't remember if that was during this season.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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That last group were all '32 Fords, a model that became popular during that era, and names with which we are all familiar. This next group is comprised of some '34 Fords and a couple of Model A's with drivers that not everyone may remember: #104 Dave Snell; #41 Rex Snell or Gary Carlisle (both listed during the season); #36 Lon Storey: #24 Mike Fancher: and #93 Ronald Carlson.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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Parrot,

These are great, not sure but most if not all are new to this site. My memory just is not that good but I think possibly Elmer came out with a fiberglass body first. Might have been around 60/61. Pretty sure it was white but did not mention fiberglass anywhere on the paint. Here again not sure but I think they used one of the Malloy bodies for a mold. I also think they might have put a price tag of $100. on them which made them pricey.

Anyway just reminiscing.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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Man, those photo's are superb! I like those candid shots, really gives you feel for the era. Who doesn't love the coupes?
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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Super vintage Lakeside/CARC!!! Would you mind if we posted them on the CARC website( www.modcoupes.com ) Thx. Mike
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:30 PM   #8
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Quick Time; My mind a little fuzzy too, after all, that was 50 years ago. Anyway, story I heard back then was that the body on Elmer's car was used for the mold. That's pretty unofficial, so hoping that some one knows for sure. Roaming the pits and while taking those photos, I remember spotting at least three of the glass bodies. They could be I.D.'d by the back window opening that was missing the detail around the circumference. The hood on Elmer's car was for sure fiberglass. Whoever was making them would occasionally award one to a driver who won a race or something. I recall the track announcer mentioning that for some of those that were awarded.

Mike511, I don't have a problem with you posting those on the CARC site. Some came out a little blurry, but help yourself, or contact me and I can email them to you.
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More of those Lakeside Speedway cars from 1963: #3 Bob Harrington in what I think was the first '32 Ford fiberglass body at Lakeside; #40 Doug Plue; #54 Ed Ruff; #17 Ken Kreutzer in the second coupe he built that season. He renumbered his first coupe as #37; and #98 Jerry Malloy in a car that was white, red and primer when I took this photo. It would eventually be painted a pale yellow with darker yellow and black Olde English numbers, although I don't remember if that was during this season.
If I remember correctly the 98d was driven by Harv Zimerle and owned by John Cochran. John used to tow with a 59 El Camino.



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Great stuff, Bill! Love your old coupe pics!
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