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#1 salvino

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 04:05 PM

Updated 5/26/2010
Western States Pro Group 7 Champions


1968 - Charlie Nelson
1969 - Mike Steube
1970 - Terry Schmid
1971 - Gil Gundersen
1972 - Philippe de Lespinay
1973 - Philippe de Lespinay
1974 -
1975 -
1976 - Bob Johannis
1977 -
1978 -
1979 -
1980 - Don Noon
1981 - Mike Greeley
1982 -
1983 -
1984 -
1985 - John Tore Anderson
1986 - Dave Donnelly
1987 - Gil Gundersen
1988 - Tom Hansen
1989 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
1990 - Fred Hood
1991 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
1992 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
1993 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
1994 - John Tore Anderson
1995 - Bob Maxwell
1996 - Monty Ohren
1997 - Bob Everett
1998 - Kerry Champion
1999 - Connie Aloise
2000 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
2001 - Carlos Aloise
2002 - Paul Ciccarello
2003 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
2004 - Richard Curnutte
2005 - Forrest Watchers
2006 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
2007 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
2008 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
2009 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen

2010 - Paul "Beuf" Pedersen
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Posted 19 March 2010 - 05:11 PM

Rick,
Good job.
We will do our best to complete the chart over time. Please post any new name and year and I will edit the initial post.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:01 PM

Rick, FYI, I just borrowed some Model Racing Journals from Bob Maxwell. One of the issues covers the first Western States Championships held in 1968. An independent racer, 15 year old Charlie Nelson won this race at Checkered Flag Raceway in Inglewood. Mike Steube was 2nd in this race. Mike of course won the USRA championship in 1968.

Charlie immediately became a Team Checkpoint member after he won the Western States.
An interesting tidbit about this race was that Charlie won a Bob Bondurant driving school prize. Since he was only 15 years old at the time, he gave his prize to Doug Henline who happened to be a good gokart racer at the time. Lucky Doug!


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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:46 PM

Keith can you fill me in on this list how come I don't see Cukras , Warmack or Anderson?
I don't know what happened at that time frame. ;)
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:59 AM

Nesta, this list is for any winner of the "Western States" from it's inception (1968) to present. The Western States is one of the big USRA races held during each year. It attracts mainly west coast racers, but has also attracted racers from other areas of the U.S.
John (Tore) Anderson won the Western States in 1985 and 1994. Cukras and Warmack did not race much beyond 1969, so they did not enter very many Western States races. Keep in mind there were a lot of "other" big races held from 1967 to 1970 in other states (especially back east) in which Cukras and Anderson won. Cukras won a lot of big races in those days and actually did not compete in all of the west coast races in those days since he was traveling all over the U.S. for big events.
The Western States champions list is for all to reflect on. It is the longest running "Big" race series in slotcar racing history. SoCal racers in particular should be proud of the history of this event as well as those who have won it.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 11:59 PM

Today while looking at a copy of Miniature Auto Racing (Vol. 1, No. 5), I noticed that Terry Schmid was the Western States Champion for 1970.


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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:54 AM

I made the relevant corrections to Rick Salvino's listing as requested. :)

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 06:16 PM

Today I added Beuf Pedersen as 2010's champion.

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 04:07 PM

I think it was Gil Gunderson in '87 and me in '88.

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 04:42 PM

Tom,
I have added these but can it be verified?

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 12:18 PM

Magazines of the day should verify it (It may have been Gil 2nd behind Donnelly with me 3rd in '86, the track died for a couple of hours at that one at Valley raceway [?]).

I definitely won up here in Seattle in '88, it was a poorly attended race after we had the Nats up here. Somewhere around here I have the plaque off the trophy...

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 12:55 PM

The first Western States race took place at Checkered Flag Raceway on Arbor Vitae in Inglewood, California, for the amateurs on August 3, for the pros on August 17, 1968. it was run under the USRA Sports Car regulations.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:04 PM

Yep 1980 (if I remember correctly) Don Noon won and I was second... it was at Pop's place that year.
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 01:36 PM

I won the Amateur class at Monaco Raceway in 78 or 79,but I don't remember who won Pro?....anyone have a idea?.........Thanks DC
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