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May 6, 2009
BACK UP IN THE ATTIC
We had such extraordinary response to the recent Tearoff posting
with the Gordon Ross collection (“Racin’
in the Attic,” April 3, 2009) that we will keep posting
interesting photography we run across over time.
The images below are from the collection of Dick Berggren, FOX TV
pit reporter and everyone’s favorite motorsports journalist. Most
were originally captured by the amazing eye of Mike Adaskaveg and
most are from a fairly recent time frame.
Thank you, Bergie!
© 2009 Lew
Boyd, Coastal 181
Ascot: Anyone who visited this
half-miler near Los Angeles will never forget it. Many folks
remember the Don Peabody Classics each fall as some of the most
aggressive dirt tracking of all time. Take a second – and a deep
breath. Then imagine you are in one of those sprinters, full bore,
ready to pitch it into that first turn…..
Three Amigos, two of whom were
star-crossed. That’s Ron Bouchard on the left, Dale Earnhardt in the
center, and Tim Richmond in his bearded stage. Only Ron survives
today, and he is doing well. Happily married to Ed Flemke’s daughter
Paula, Ron has major automotive dealership operations in central
Felix Sabates listens intently to
Brett Bodine. Not sure what Brett is selling, and it looks like
Felix isn’t too sure either.
The Kitten in the Hat has been at
it for a while. Note the hand on the keyboard. When is the last time
you saw a flannel shirt in the pits at a Cup race?
It’s chez Schrader, in 1990.
That’s Ann, Kenny, and Dorothy. The laps go by. The lovely Dorothy
is currently in college in New York City.
Here is a pose seldom recorded.
That’s Bionic Bentley Warren at work in his office in Ipswich, Mass.
Bentley, into the mature sixties, is most often seen in the seat of
a supermodified or on the seat of one of his Harleys from Hell.
By any definition, the late Pete
Corey was one of the greatest dirt drivers ever in this country. He
set lasting standards for bravery – and he was technically
innovative, too. It is somewhat of a shock, though, to see him
pictured next to a computer.
It’s the Spring Sizzler at
Stafford, Conn., in 1990. That’s Tony Jankowiak being removed from
his modified. It was an eerie and painfully sad scene. Even from the
sound of crash, veteran race watchers feared the worse, and they
were right. Tony died.
Can you imagine how many laps Clay
Earles saw at his short track, Martinsville Speedway? He’s on the
right up in the press box in the early nineties.
Al “Buddha” Gaudreau (center) is
supervising and Richie Evans (to his right) is pointing, but it
seems to be Ray Spognardi (in the horizontal mode) doing all the
Louie Lazarro, here with
“Blackie,” was one of a kind. At age 59 in 1994, Louie, who was
still racing actively, told Bones Bourcier, “I like to kid around
and say that I’m not at retirement age yet. Maybe I’ll hang around
until I’m 65.” That’s exactly what he did. On April 29, 2000, Louie
pulled into the pits at Fonda NY Speedway with his trademark #4
modified after the feature, slumped over, and died. His ashes were
spread over the track, along with Blackie’s.
The much admired Tom Curley of the
American-Canadian Tour has been calling the shots at races all over
the Northeast and Canada ever since he climbed out of a stock car
himself. His authoritative style behind the wheel earned him the
handle “T-Bone” Curley, and his style as a promoter is just as
This is Langhorne,
1957. A grisly picture, but a telling reminder of where we have come
from with this sport. That’s Bob Whitbeck’s #22, driven by Pete
Corey, on its side in the pit area. As you can see, there are
injured people everywhere. At least one was reported to have
received fatal injuries. (Photographer unknown)
This image, too, is a
reminder of how much things have changed. Everyone is was relieved
that the Carl Edwards incident at Talladega was not more serious.
Can you imagine what would have happened had Talladega’s fencing
been like this? (Photographer unknown)
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Previous Tearoffs :.
5/20/09 - Big Boys in The
Attic - rare photos of legends
5/6/09 - Back Up In The
Attic - more rare photos
4/22/09 - The Son of Hard
Luck - accessible racing
experience for the handicapped
4/3/09 - Racin' In The
Attic - Gordon Ross photo collection
3/18/09 - About That Mike Spaulding
Dick Berggren's First Win - (you had to be there!)
2/11/09 - Peter at the
Park - Peter Fiandaca at Riverside Park
1/30/09 - Steve - Steve Arpin
1/4/09 - Racer Speak -cool
12/16/08 - Wimble Power,
Will Power - Bill Wimble
11/24/08 - Remembering
Chuck Amati - by Joyce Standridge
11/11/08 - That Rick
10/24/08 - Beyond Bionic - Bentley Warren
10/6/08 - Fifty Second
Classic - Skip and Lois Matczak
9/20/08 - Joey's Dad - Tom Logano
9/1/08 - One Night at The Park - the death of Les Ley
Transitional Technology - early supermodifieds
8/6/08 - Wallace on Wednesdays - dirt trackin’ Kenny
7/19/08 - Star(ter) of the Show - importance of good flaggers
McUnderdog - Eddie MacDonald
The Night Buzz Was Worried - Buzz Rose
6/5/08 - John Richards - Boomer Role Model
The Spirit of a Racer - the late Al Powell
5/1/08 - Bobby's Blues - Bobby Santos III
4/15/08 - Thinking About Rene Charland
- Carl and Corey - Carl Edwards and Corey Dripps
3/4/08 - A Cool Track with Cool Racers - West Liberty, Iowa
2/14/08 - Doug Wolfgang
1/7/08 - When Drivers Can't See - cockpit vision
12/21/07 - When Starters Couldn't See - flagstand vision
Ride Along with Erica Santos - in-car camera midget win
11/15/07 - Tough Drivers
That First Race
10/1/07 - Racing Nicknames
Too Many Officials
9/1/07 - The Look of a Real Driver
8/15/07 - Being Dale Junior
8/1/07 - Armond Holley
7/15/07 - Red Farmer
© 2009 Lew
Boyd, Coastal 181