Thursday, August 25, 2016

Possibly the Start of a Series

I don't know how many I will find. Here's the first one, anyway. A glimpse at life as it was lived in old America, before the rise of the EPA, political correctness, and the general nanny state.

A 4.5 mile road and beach course. Stock cars (real stock cars, not just a shell over a professional race car). People lining the course. Daytona 1952.


4 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, the first NASCAR race... :-) They've come a LONG way!

LBJ said...

When I was in my late teens/early 20's I used to get right down in the "flight lines" of the races at PIR without question by simply wearing a really tight jumpsuit, ear protection and carrying a clipboard.

Will said...

My dad raced stock cars in the late 40's-early 50's, in the Philly area. I was told he was pretty good at it. Stock Cars raced on soft surfaces, dirt or beach sand, back then. That required a locked axle, which was normally a regular differential with the spider gears welded, so that both axles spun as one. This was done so you could get sufficient traction, and be able to steer with the rear end by sliding it around.

My mother told me he gave it up after blowing the diff and spinning out while leading, which left him facing backwards in the middle of the corner, as the rest of the pack came screaming into the corner he was now blocking.

As a kid, I had no idea he was a racer, until I went to work for the corner Gulf station, and discovered that they had built his racecars. He never talked about racing.
He never got to watch me roadracing motorcyles, as he was busy on the opposite coast during summers. It did seem to encourage him to take up riding bikes on the street, I guess. Bit late in life for it, as he was in his 70's.

matism said...

Oh, the humanity! Think of all the poor sea turtles, either murdered outright by these heinous monsters, or scarred for life by the noise and fumes from their terrible engines! How could ANYONE pretend to cheer something so foul as this?
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