Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Dec 12, 2013.
Notice the size of those dirt tires?
And still marked 8.00-8.20-15 !!!!!
Man, do you have good eyes!
No, I have some dirt tires. Easy to read right in front of you!
Yeah, but not on my screen images. I try to make them as clear as possible but transferring them a couple of times from Facebook diminishes their clarity .
The first 4 minutes of that video are pretty much a FoMoCo commercial. After that, it gets a lot better .
Also, quite a few errors - particularly one about 5 min & 45 seconds in where Ronney Householder, the Chrysler "Tzar" of circle track programs (shown with Don White & Ray Nichels) is identified as a "USAC official".
I found it interesting that most of the drivers driving Ford products at the beginning were later in Mopars.
IIRC, they were all getting at least a little factory support from FoMoCO vs 0 support for any race teams from Chrysler. When Lynn Townsend gave the order to go racing and to win, Ronney Householder, Chrysler's "Manager of Circuit High Performance Competition", immediately hooked up with Ray Nichels' operation. Within a year, they had such a successful package that it didn't take much to get Norm Nelson, Don White, Sal Tovella, Jim Hurtubise, and some others to switch to Mopars. Ford did manage to keep some of the top USAC drivers in their fold, particularly of note Parnelli Jones (who still is a part owner of a SoCal Ford dealership), Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt (after a year driving a Nichels' Mopar), and later, Jack Bowsher. If you haven't already seen it, I posted part of Wm McDow's history of the Ray Nichel's Mopar USAC performance operation back on post #231 of this thread.
Nice shot (shared from Facebook) of Ramo Stott's Kit Car in action.............
Photo (shared from Facebook) of dirt track action from DuQuoin, Ill in Sept '64. The Nichels' Dodges are being piloted by Indy car drivers Joe Leonard and Len Sutton. They finished 1st and 2nd. Don White, still driving a Ford, is shown behind them. He finished 24th. Mopars took 5 of the top 6 spots at the finish.