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  • #16
    Originally posted by jandj View Post
    Short story is after the ‘72 season Gordy left the Gilmore ride for STP.
    Sheraton-Thompson had been sold to ITT which also left racing after ‘72.
    Gordy suggested to AJ that he give Jim Gilmore a call, which he did.
    The rest is history.
    I once read Gilmore and Foyt had a year to year contract that they never changed, just renewed it every year. One of racing's classic partnerships.
    Real drivers don't need fenders!

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    • #17
      According to Bill Neely’s book on Jim Gilmore, that’s the case.
      And I misspoke earlier - Gordy left Gilmore after ‘71, Mel Kenyon drove for them in ‘72.
      “With the help of God and true friends, I come to realize
      I still got two strong legs, even wings to fly
      I ain’t wastin’ time no more...”

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jandj View Post
        According to Bill Neely’s book on Jim Gilmore, that’s the case.
        And I misspoke earlier - Gordy left Gilmore after ‘71, Mel Kenyon drove for them in ‘72.
        The original Gilmore sponsorship was through Lindsey Hopkins, correct?
        Real drivers don't need fenders!

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        • #19
          I’m helping my son put brakes on his car, I’ll check the book when I get home.
          “With the help of God and true friends, I come to realize
          I still got two strong legs, even wings to fly
          I ain’t wastin’ time no more...”

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          • #20
            Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought Gilmore originally came with Johncock. They were both from Michigan.

            G.C. Murphy stores sponsored Roger McCluskey and Lindsey Hopkins.
            "For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's future, and we are all mortal".

            John Kennedy at American University 1963

            "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

            A. Lincoln

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            • #21
              According to the book, in ‘66 after Jim
              Gilmore was taken to first weekend 500 qualifying by business associates at CitiBank he got the racing bug.
              He called USAC a few days later enquiring about how to get involved.
              There was a one off “get your feet wet” effort on Jim McElreath’s John Zink Brabham at Milwaukee the next weekend.
              Gordy came calling after the season and Gilmore came on board as sponsor.
              ’67 was Gilmore Broadcasting w/Gordy, as were ‘68,’69, and ’70.
              ’71 was Art Pollard, ‘72 was Mel Kenyon.
              ’73 forward was AJ.
              Last edited by jandj; 08-29-2020, 11:45 AM.
              “With the help of God and true friends, I come to realize
              I still got two strong legs, even wings to fly
              I ain’t wastin’ time no more...”

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