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Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Oct 19, 2013.
Those the 1/32 resin cars from the 90s?
Found a link to a Youtube video of Pete Hamilton winning the 1970 Daytona 500 in his Superbird;
Just found this to share from Pinterest...............
A couple more photos (shared from Pinterest) of winged Mopars in action in the 1970 "Motor Trend 500" @ Riverside;
Ray Elder exiting the pits................
Bobby Allison flying through turn #1 in the Mario Rossi Dodge..........
Unfortunately, neither of them had a good day at this race. Elder lost a motor and finished 24th while Allison lost a clutch late in the race and finished 13th. The next year their fortunes @ Riverside would improve - each of them would win one of the Nascar races @ this track.
A couple more photos (being offered on e-Bay) of Dan Gurney's Plym Superbird in Riverside's turn #6 during the 1970 "Motor Trend 500".
Another Gurney @ Riverside photo just popped up on Pinterest;
This one shot in the "esses".......
Couple of old NASCAR videos:
I'd seen those clips before but didn't post them because of their over-emphasis on wrecks. Reminds me of that Tom Cruise Nascar movie (can't remember the name - "Days of Thunder" maybe (???)) from the 90s that was wreck-to-wreck-to-wreck with a little racing in between. The first one you posted was humorous, the 2nd one has too many shots of "Brand C" race cars though I did enjoy the shot of Bobby Allison scattering his "Brand C" motor big time about 3 minutes into the film.
Scanned this from a brochure on Richard Petty that I had. Dave Marcis in the #30 along side Petty. The orange tail car might be Buddy Baker in the #6.
Brochure is from the Richard Petty record, released in 1970.
Easily found on ebay these days, guess they made a million of them!
Very cool piece to get, just to hear what a real vintage race hemi sounds like!
(it's all about the right compression and cam!!)
BTB....................whose car is the #04 above??
Probably Herschel McGriff.
It is Herschel McGriff @ Riverside in 1973. Great poster - I have the full size 18"X22" up on my rec-room wall. I believe that the car was his '70 Plymouth that he bought from the Pettys (the ex-Pete Hamilton # 40 winged car) re-skinned, but I'm not 100% sure any more - too long ago. I posted some pictures/info on that car on P22 of the other Nascar thread.
Here are some more photos (shared from Pinterest) of that car in action @ Riverside in '73......racing with Mark Donohue through turn #1 in the January race.........................
And racing with Jimmy Insolo through turn #8 in the June race....................
McGriff finished 23rd in January (dropped a valve) and 7th in the June race when he lost the clutch with a few laps remaining.
In 1972, while running the original '70 RR sheetmetal on it, McGriff was in a tremendous battle for the Winston West championship with Dodge driver, Ray Elder. The crowds were (arguably) the best in W. West history and the promoters actually added some races to the schedule before the end of the year to try to profit from the contest. Ray Elder won the championship by a handful of points.
Once the car became a '72 model, McGriff did not run the entire W.West circuit any more - he only ran 8 out of 21 scheduled races in '73. He did take this car to the Daytona 500 in '73 and finished 5th with it.
A little more on Herschel McGriff's Mopar racing days.............
In 1974 he drove the "Almost Heaven - West Virginia" Dodge Charger. The car was owned by Petty Enterprises. In the photo below (shared from Pinterest) he is shown racing with Richard Petty through Riverside's turn #6. Whatever publication is the source of the photo misidentifys the car as being driven by Charlie Glotzbach who wasn't even driving in the race.
Petty finished 2nd in the race and McGriff finished 10th.
McGriff then drove the "Almost Heaven - West Virginia" Dodge for the Pettys in the '74 Daytona 500.
Unfortunately he crashed out of the race and finished 39th. He drove this car a few more times in '74 with a best finish of 12th @ Talladega. By the time that the June Riverside race came around, McGriff was driving a "brand C" race car. He finished dead last with it.
Went to the Walter P. Chrysler Car Club swap meet today and picked up these 2 posters from a company called "Burtons's Archives". Pretty nice stuff.
I finally found a photo of what, imo, was the nicest looking winged Mopar to run in the Winston West series and maybe one of the nicest looking winged cars racing in the entire country - the Plymouth Superbird of Johnny Soares Jr. The photo (shared from Pinterest) was taken at Western Speedway in Canada in 1970.
I first saw this car at the June Riverside race in 1970. Soares had never raced at that track before. He finished 4th! (Behind Petty, Allison and Hylton).