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  • Chuck Booth?

    This guy was from out West ran BCRA midgets for some time the went back east, What ever happened to Him?
    aXe
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    aXe,

    Sorry to say, Chuck passed away in August 2000. If Robin Miller wouldn't have mentioned it in a column of his, I would have never known.

    Robin Miller said (paraphrasing) "He liked to drink beer and liked to fight" and added that he was a good driver.
    "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

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    • #3
      Chuck was really a racer of olden days. Hard chargin, hard drinkin, not afraid to throw a punch when needed. I enjoyed knowing him, he brought quite a few laughs but could also be as easily infuriating. When he took a stand on something, dynamite was not going to change his mind.

      But boy could he drive a race car. I thank him for all the memories.

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      • #4

        Chuck Booth in the number 44 Boyce Holt Racing Turner Chevy dirt car and Ralph Ligouri in the number 99 Joe Hunt Magneto Lesovsky Offy dirt car battle during first 100 mile race of the twin 100's held at Langhorne PA, July 28th, 1968. Booth 11th and 18th respectively, while Ligouri finished 20th in the first race and did not run the second race. This photo is part of the Raymond Golub Memorial Collection.
        Chuck Booth in the #44 Boyce Holt Racing Turner Offy during the Hoosier Hundred. Booth started 16th and finished 11th. This photo was taken during the Hoosier Hundred, September 7, 1968 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This photo is part of the Raymond Golub Memorial Collection.
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        • #5
          1973 ELDORA CHUCK BOOTH TAKEN BY ARMIN KRUEGER
          <img src="http://greenfieldgallery.net/images/s/s595.jpg">

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          • #6
            I recall seeing Chuck Booth driving a white #21 at Winchester in 1977. I believe it was a race in the fall. During his heat, he got together with someone coming out of four and barrel rolled the car almost the entire length of the front stretch
            and landed in turn one. I believe the bridge was still there at the time. I'll never forget it as our family was picnicing in the infield near the pitside fence on the turn one side on the finish line, when he came flying by and it scared the hell out of me, as I was still a kid.

            I also heard Chuck Booth was a nice guy but not at the race track during the heat of competition and especially when he got out to of the car after a race. I heard a story from some old timers around here, that one of his car owners (the name Hart comes to mind) wanted to go with another driver and out of fear was not sure on how to go about telling Chuck he was fired. At the next race someone asked the owner who had a new driver, how he ended up letting Chuck know he was fired. The owner responded - In a letter!
            Gary Lee "Would you be willing to take your career to Europe and run road racing over there"
            Jeff Gordon " Definitely, if the right deals came along and it was a good opportunity where it would enhance my career, I would definitely go over there"
            Jeff Gordon (after testing a Formula Super Vee)

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            • #7
              aXe,.....'You've done it again, and I thank you. (For bringing up another obscure Northern California driver.) I remember seeing Chuck Booth run BCRA midgets at Hughes Stadium and the Capitol Speedway in Sacramento. Chuck was sometimes confused with "Charlie" Booth from Oakland, Ca. that also ran with BCRA that later gave up the ride in the very potent Pimental Sesco that Tommy Astone ran and eventually purchased to go run USAC midgets in 1973. Chuck ran in the middle of the pack in some pretty decent equipment. After that, he obviously went back east to run the "thunder & lightning" division of USAC where he again, ran in the middle of the pack. (According to my editions of "Racing Pictorial.") Also, if memory is good, 'USAC champion driver, Chuck Gurney was a big fan of Booths' when he was a kid and relied on his guidance when he first went back to run USAC in the midwest in 1974. 'Thanks, again aXe. 'And I hope the fishings' good on Lake Austin!
              Last edited by LittleFauss; 11-09-2005, 11:08 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LittleFauss
                Chuck was sometimes confused with "Charlie" Booth from Oakland, Ca. that also ran with BCRA that later gave up the ride in the very potent Pimental Sesco that Tommy Astone ran and eventually purchased to go run USAC midgets in 1973.
                Gosh, LittleFauss, I'd forgotten about Charlie Booth. You don't suppose they got mixed-up again do you?

                (if so, I'm sorry for helping it along)
                "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

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