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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by indybigjohn, Aug 28, 2008.

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    I know I'm only an FNG, but how about a thread with stock car photos from the beginning through, say, 1985 or so? NASCAR, USAC, IMCA, ASA, ARCA, etc. No jalopies or modifieds. Full-bodied stock cars. I'll kick it off with this one from the Dennis Unger collection - Fred Lorenzen taking the checkered flag from Johnny Shipman in the Yankee 300 USAC Stock Car road race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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    That was from 1964, by the way. Here's one of Curtis Turner taken the same day.

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    How about the start of that race...Parnelli Jones in a Bill Stroppe Mercury on the pole, with Lorenzen outside.

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    From ASA - Mike Eddy at Milwaukee in the 70s...

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    The shots from the 1964 race are very cool. How about more of that vintage or earlier?
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    Nobody digs "Vintage Stock Cars" more than I do!

    But, I don't know if it's in keeping with what this board is all about. In fact I know it ain't. Maybe we can get away with '64 and earlier...Maybe '68? ;)

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    Hey, if it's historic, let's don't get too picky about it. That last one is obviously a 1960 Chevy. If you have something of real stock cars a little earlier, bring it on. Here's a NASCAR lineup from 1957. I have no idea where.

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    And here's one from Dayton Speedway in 1958. A Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC) feature, before that organization became ARCA.

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    indybigjohn, it's obvious ya got quite a collection of great stuff. I'm very interested, bring it on.

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    I just posted this one on the Linda Vaughn thread. It's Linda and Fred Lorenzen on the hood of his 1964 Ford after he won that race at IRP.

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    How bout a 55 Chebby just in from hot laps and hungry for some Sat. night short track action.
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    Hell ya, Saturday Night at the local "Bullring" is Stockcar Racing!


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    Here is my old stocker. It was in the mid-60s when tri-five chevys were a dime a dozen.

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    This is all back when a "stock car" was a stock car converted into a "race car". I remember them well for quite a few years in the pits at the old Saugus Raceway (Bonelli Stadium) north of town. This is also before power steering and all that creature comfort struck gold in circle track racing. Drivers back then were really "manly men" to run a 150 lap race in one of those cars!!
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    Ya got that right, Retrorod!

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    Benny Parsons at Daytona in 1969 for the ARCA race...

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    You guys have got some bitchin' stuff, too. I love those old local track cars...

    Here's Gary Bettenhausen before that road race at IRP.

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    Here's the only actual Nascar I've ever lettered. It's Bobby Wawak's '76 Laguna. He was a local racer that went down south to the bigtime.

    His crew blew back into Chicagoland in the summer of '77 on it's way back from Riverside. I got a call to see if I could letter his ride that day. Sure could! I was just starting out back then and "winged it".

    This pic I believe is from Daytona later in the summer. I bought the photo at a model car swapmeet about 10 years ago. The car was destroyed at Daytona and I saw a photo of that in Stockcar Racing magazine. After lettering it, I never saw it in person again.

    Those were the days...RIP Bobby!

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    And for the blue oval crowd.....
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    Good ol' photos. That's the kind of stuff I want to see.

    Hey, that picture of Bobby Wawak reminds me...

    I was talking to Eli Gold and Barney Hall one night before a Busch race at IRP, and I asked if either one of them ever got their tongue all twisted up while calling a race.

    Barney said he couldn't remember doing it during a race, but there was one time in a qualifying session at Daytona when he said something like, "...and Bobby Wawak is out on the race twack."
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    Those are some neat pictures
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    just for you guys! a little family history for ya=P

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    my grandpa on the right
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    and heres another in the late 40s of my grandpa and his freind joe.
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    and the shirt(that i guard with my life)
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    Great Start Big John. I have always liked this picture. I was in a museum somewhere and they had it blown up HUGE on a wall! It was great.. My favorite part is the dad running with his kid for a "Safe" spot. Makes the whole "Silence before the storm" felt even more.

    Great shot!

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    Indybigjohn, That's a good story!

    Here's a few photos of the car on the day I lettered it. I took these with one of those Kodak 110 camera's.

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    A trophy dash pace lap at the old Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville in 1964...

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    The late Dick Freeman at Dayton Speedway for an ARCA race...

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    Pick a line, any line, just don't BLOW IT UP!!!
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    Boy, they're comin' out of the woodwork now, aren't they? Great photos, guys.

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