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  • #31
    Originally posted by SteveK51 View Post
    There's another Dick Wallen film, 70s Championship Revolution, that fills in most of the gaps he left in the 1970-specific tape. IIRC, Ontario, fall Phoenix, and maybe Sedalia.
    Interestingly, when I Google that I can only find a book with that title by Dick Wallen.

    Your mention of Ontario reminded me of a couple other Youtube videos, though, and a quick check reveals they have not been linked in this thread previously. The 1970 Ontario 500 and the 1971 Pocono 500:





    BTW, am I the only one who thinks Mario's 1970 McNamara isn't as ugly as Robin Miller always made it out to be? The '71 version is certainly a hideous creature, but the original 1970 version while not terribly effective(despite a road course win) is a pretty neat design, IMHO.

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    • #32
      So I went ahead and uploaded the 1970 USAC highlights video:

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      • #33
        Originally posted by FormulaFox View Post
        ... BTW, am I the only one who thinks Mario's 1970 McNamara isn't as ugly as Robin Miller always made it out to be? The '71 version is certainly a hideous creature, but the original 1970 version while not terribly effective(despite a road course win) is a pretty neat design, IMHO.
        Though Mario Andretti described the late-arriving McNamaras as being archaic, unsightly and awful to drive, he said he thought the offset T-501 was a better car than tall T-500. Andretti said the McNamara project was too chaotic, too ego ridden, too much of a reach by the Granatellis to come good. Andretti said that after examining a model of the first McNamara champ car he suspected that he was in trouble.

        Both Andretti and McNamara employees said that the Granatellis and the constructor battled for control over the design and engineering of the cars. Andretti said this further solidified his belief that the contractual prohibitions that kept the apparently meddlesome Granatellis away from the race team in 1969 were warranted following the parties' forced marriage. The Granatelli-McNamara disagreement would eventually result in litigation over alleged non-payment of bills and help sink the German company. By then, Andretti said he had come to the same conclusion Colin Chapman had reached earlier: The Granatellis were not qualified to operate a race team. Andretti said the constant calamities drove him into the arms of VPJ, a team he had turned down a couple of years earlier because he didn't want to be part of a two-car USAC champ car team. There, Andretti said he repeated many of the same mistakes he made when he was involved with the McNamara project.

        Andretti, who said he did not trust McNamara designer Jo Karasek, branded the former Lola junior engineer an impractical dreamer who lacked the vision and the feel necessary to be a successful designer. He said the T-500 chassis had to be revised continually to try to make it race-worthy. The regular switching of engines — turbo Ford, four-cam Ford, Gurney-Eagle pushrod Ford — added confusion. The four distinct versions of the T-500 Andy Granatelli promised the world would be available for Andretti to drive was a promotional flight of fancy, Andretti said. He said he was flummoxed by Karasek's decision to opt for a short wheelbase for his designs and for a suspension layout based on Lola's junior series production cars. Both the T-500 and T-501 suffered from unresolvable understeer, Andretti said.

        Another McNamara driver of the period who also said he lost confidence in Karasek was Niki Lauda. Lauda said his distrust in Karasek became so acute that it led him to abandon singleseaters, albeit temporarily.
        Last edited by editor; 09-06-2022, 07:31 AM.

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        • #34
          A local news station recently did a short documentary on the track my Dad managed back in the late 60's - '88 when it closed. I know all the folks interviewed, and even crewed years later at another track for the red white and blue Poll - Which team will make it to Homestead? featured in a few shots. I 'grew up' on the history of this track despite it closing when I was 6.

          It's not particularly in depth, and targeted at those who know nothing about the track, rather than those of us steeped in the history, but never the less, I thought I'd share:

          "He went into a tire barrier, which is certainly the nicest of all the barriers." -Bobby Unser, Denver '90

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          • #35
            Originally posted by THE BEAR View Post
            I spent many a Saturday nights at the Paragon Speedway. Edd and Belle Shepard, Mike and Sue Johnson, were good friends of mine. I never got to know Keith Ford.
            More later
            Have a very blessed day!

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            • #36
              Originally posted by FormulaFox View Post
              So I went ahead and uploaded the 1970 USAC highlights video:

              Thanks! Coincidentally, I just read an article in MotorSport about that last USAC Dirt Champ race (that counted toward the National Championship. This may be behind a paywall, but MS usually allows a set number of free reads a month, and this is a good one and concerns the 1970 Golden State 100.

              https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/a...y-ran-off-road
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              • #37
                Originally posted by PHJIndy View Post

                I spent many a Saturday nights at the Paragon Speedway. Edd and Belle Shepard, Mike and Sue Johnson, were good friends of mine. I never got to know Keith Ford.
                More later
                I saw Steve Kinser and Tony Stewart race at Paragon when they were teenagers. I bench races with most of the old time drivers, Bob Kinser, Allen Barr and Butch Wilkerson to name a few. I watched Big Bertha, but it didn't have as much success at Paragon and Bloomington than it did at Haubstadt. And I saw Sheldon Kinser take his last laps at Paragon, after he made the feature at the Kings Royal, just a couple weeks before his death. He was one tough hombre, as were all of the Kinsers, except one.
                One quick story that I always tell is back in 1984 I bought a new car (no make and model) and after the racing was over, it would not start. It only had 5500 miles on it at the time. Some of my friends tried to help me get it started, and mechanics from the pits came over and tried to get it going but it just wasn't going to start. Sue Johnson came over and offered her car for me to drive home. I was shocked! I finally got a ride home with one of the race teams and got home safely. My wife's uncle had a flatbed wrecker and we went back Sunday and picked up that car. We dropped it off at the dealer, of course it was under warranty, and it took them three weeks to figure out the problem before they just replaced the entire electrical system, including harnesses. I took a big loss but I traded that lemon in and never regretted it.
                Paragon was home on Saturdays, and some Fridays and Sundays too. The first WoO race I ever saw was at Terre Haute, and after they ran there, they all came to Paragon that night, took the wings off and put on another show. IIRC, Ricky (the) Hood won both at The Action Track and Paragon that day. He owned victory lane at Paragon for a few years.
                There's a lot more but my fingers need a rest.
                Have a very blessed day!

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by PHJIndy View Post
                  . And I saw Sheldon Kinser take his last laps at Paragon, after he made the feature at the Kings Royal, just a couple weeks before his death. He was one tough hombre, as were all of the Kinsers, except one.
                  Just curious...

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by PHJIndy View Post

                    I saw Steve Kinser and Tony Stewart race at Paragon when they were teenagers. I bench races with most of the old time drivers, Bob Kinser, Allen Barr and Butch Wilkerson to name a few. I watched Big Bertha, but it didn't have as much success at Paragon and Bloomington than it did at Haubstadt. And I saw Sheldon Kinser take his last laps at Paragon, after he made the feature at the Kings Royal, just a couple weeks before his death. He was one tough hombre, as were all of the Kinsers, except one.
                    One quick story that I always tell is back in 1984 I bought a new car (no make and model) and after the racing was over, it would not start. It only had 5500 miles on it at the time. Some of my friends tried to help me get it started, and mechanics from the pits came over and tried to get it going but it just wasn't going to start. Sue Johnson came over and offered her car for me to drive home. I was shocked! I finally got a ride home with one of the race teams and got home safely. My wife's uncle had a flatbed wrecker and we went back Sunday and picked up that car. We dropped it off at the dealer, of course it was under warranty, and it took them three weeks to figure out the problem before they just replaced the entire electrical system, including harnesses. I took a big loss but I traded that lemon in and never regretted it.
                    Paragon was home on Saturdays, and some Fridays and Sundays too. The first WoO race I ever saw was at Terre Haute, and after they ran there, they all came to Paragon that night, took the wings off and put on another show. IIRC, Ricky (the) Hood won both at The Action Track and Paragon that day. He owned victory lane at Paragon for a few years.
                    There's a lot more but my fingers need a rest.
                    I first saw Steve K at Paragon for the 150 lap race they used to run, it was 77 or 78. Steve won (no wing) and was outstanding. I immediately became a fan.

                    Of note I was right next to Sheldon K at the Hut in 1987, at that time I believe he had a tube in the neck at that time for breathing-and he was getting ready to race. One tough SOB, very underrated as a driver.
                    "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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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Michael Ferner View Post

                      Just curious...
                      Karl's boy, but that's my opinion.
                      Have a very blessed day!

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Belanger99 View Post

                        I first saw Steve K at Paragon for the 150 lap race they used to run, it was 77 or 78. Steve won (no wing) and was outstanding. I immediately became a fan.

                        Of note I was right next to Sheldon K at the Hut in 1987, at that time I believe he had a tube in the neck at that time for breathing-and he was getting ready to race. One tough SOB, very underrated as a driver.
                        Sheldon's ran hot laps at Paragon, a week or so after making the Kings Royal feature. He loaded up after hot laps and went home. He passed a couple of weeks later. Yes, he was one tough hombre, and very underrated as a real racer.
                        Have a very blessed day!

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