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General Discussion about Racing History Vintage auto racing has a very special place in most race fans heart and mind. The cars, the drivers, the spills and thrills. Please share your auto racing memories. Feel free to start threads/topics in this forum that are non-specific to drivers, cars, or tracks.



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Old 09-11-2013, 04:14 PM   #11
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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.
It's possible that Harv Zimmerly drove the 98 during the very last part of the season since I think that he was in that car for the early part of the '64 season too. (my September was too busy to see how the season ended so don't have any programs to see who did what). However, his regular ride was Al Starr's #51 up until at least late August when he was still adding to his points total and in 14th place. Jerry Malloy was doing the same in #98 up until at least early August and was tied for 17th place. That does indeed look like a '59 Chevy, can't see much of it, but probably the El Camino that you mentioned. My 1964 photo of #98 shows it being towed by a '53 Chevy if that's any help. Curiously, Mr. Zimmerly is also listed for the #29, a car that didn't show up often. It was a red Chrysler (or Plymouth) 3 window coupe. I have no other info.

By the way, my late August program lists a Robert Wickersham as both owner and driver of #98. Hadn't noticed that before. Any info?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:48 PM   #12
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More from "50 Years Ago", actually 50 years from today, 9/29, I believe the last race of the year. Two weeks prior the regular season ended with Sam Sauer crowned the Track Champion in #42 show above. Talked my new bride into going this Sunday afternoon (she hasn't let me forget it since!) for what I recall was an 'open engine' rules race. During this era I remember lots of engine combinations that were tried, including at least one ArDun conversion, multiple carbs, etc. One year Bill Starks tried an OHV four banger that ran surprisingly well. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of those.

These are from the regular season. #33 is Bob Walton, (excuse the goofy photo, forgot to crop it); 85 Jack Thoms; 87 Bill Vaughn; 6 Fritz Wilson; and 11 Bill Starks.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #13
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Thanks for posting all these shots Bill. This was about the time frame when I first attended races at Lakeside. Mike Barney, Jeff Isenhart, Dave Dunning, Steve Knafelc and I all lived in North Denver and we could not wait for Sunday night. We always started the evening at the amusement park, eating chocolate covered bananas and riding every ride we could afford. We always saved the ultimate for last...and that was racing the bodied go-karts...pretending to be our favorite Lakeside hero. I always wanted to be Sam Sauer. Dave Dunning, Mike Barney and I were 10 years old and Jeff and Steve were much older at 11. SWEET MEMORIES.....ALL!




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Old 10-02-2013, 06:31 PM   #14
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Some more from one of my favorite seasons at Lakeside Speedway, 1963:

#62 Butch Snow; 120 Dick Piscitella; 27 Royce Newman; 60 either Eldon Miller or Fred Henning, think they both drove, but don't remember who finished the season in it. This was one of only two or three '34 Fords with a 6 cyl, and was the quickest of them, timing into "A" Class. Half way through the season, it was replaced by a '32 coupe. Finally, #9, Dee Hibbs in a car that was obviously one of Junior Dennings cars in the past (see the Donald Duck). The 9 number became available early in the season after the Jim Malloy driven #9 was changed to #1.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #15
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Thanks Bill, although this was a little before my time at Lakeside, I love these old shots. Please keep them coming.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #16
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Car makes that raced at Lakeside Speedway, 1963:

#100%, '32 Willys, Bud Potter; #61, '33 Plymouth, Harry McCool; #78, '32 Hudson, Don Palmer (somebody walked by just as it tripped the shutter, but you only get one chance when they're heading for the pit gate); #22, '29/30 Chevy (before paint), Floyd Barnes; #8, '32 Ford, Harry Luby. There were also a couple of Chrysler bodied cars that I somehow missed.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:50 AM   #17
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Fords were the hands down favorite makes to race, but there were quite a few Chevys too. Dad was a Chevy man, so I was always a little partial to them as race cars. Here are a few more:

First off, a pair of red Chevys heading toward the gate, #15 Larry McLaughlin, and 75 Lloyd Reeves; a light blue and gold #63 Ed Jackson/Jim Gordon; #52 (rhymes with 'orange') Wayne Stallsworth; #10 John Thomas who liked blue, and; #83 Clarence Krieger always in some sort of purple car. There were several other Chevys as well.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:02 PM   #18
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One these times a photo of Tommy Barton's #1 A body Ford that Jim Malloy drove will appear; I've seen the one with the #1 on paper tapped to the side of the car.

Baton's #1 when it was put together, numbered (gold numbers), etc, was a favorite car.



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LAKESIDE - Late at night by the old Lakeside Speedway, you can hear the ghosts - The barking, crackling "Flathead Fords", the zinging "Chevy Stove Bolt's", The rumbling of the "KK-Offy's", and the snarling "Ford V8-60's". Listen and faintly hear the announcer say, "Ladies and gentlemen, the line up for the trophy dash," and the place would erupt with the mix echoes of cheers and boo's...Remember...
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:12 PM   #19
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Well Sir. Parrot, Thou hast blessed us mere mortals that lack in knowledge with thine expert and all knowing background on Lakeside Speedway. May thine Master inform us on thy contrasting numerals on the red 1933 Chevrolet Sedan operated by Mr. Larry McLaughlin. Recalling rather elementary information for someone of your stature should be easy.

We as an uninformed minions will be waiting.



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Old 10-13-2013, 07:54 PM   #20
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I'm diggin' all these great pics you took 50 years ago, Bill. Thanks for sharing them with us, you've got quite the collection here. Keep 'em coming!
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