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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:32 AM

Gurney, Penske, Moss, Foyt... and my favorite announcer, Dave Despain!

 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:30 PM

That was a great series on Speedchannel. Too bad there isn't anything like it on cable today. My provider used to have Velocity, but dropped it due to low demographics. But they didn't have much vintage stuff, anyway. 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:11 PM

I remember watching that race back in the day on something like Wide World of Sports.

 

I like Despain, too.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:48 PM

Yes, it was shown on national TV. Chris Economaki was the narrator.

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:59 PM

Dave,

If you have not read Economaki's book, "Let 'Em All Go", let me know and send me your mailing address. I bought ten copies to send as Christmas gifts a few years back and have an extra I will gift to you.

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:25 PM

Those two Pontiacs 421 Tempest built at Nichels engineering are interesting. Only a few were made, mostly drag cars including 2 station wagons for Arnie the Farmer and Butch Leal, I think. Those two driven by Foyt and Goldsmith, one was sold to Mercedes Benz who dismantled, studied and destroyed the car. The other car is unknown where it went.

Predating the GTO by two years!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:40 PM

If you have not read Economaki's book, "Let 'Em All Go", let me know and send me your mailing address. I bought ten copies to send as Christmas gifts a few years back and have an extra I will gift to you.


Well, now we all know Greg has nine friends. :)
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:06 AM

I bet he has more than that!
 
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 05:46 AM

Well, now we all know Greg has nine friends. :)


Naw, only eight. Kept one copy for myself and have another book left over, which is why I was offering to send one to Crevie. LOL...

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 02:45 PM

Wow! That is so kind! Motorsport Collector was sold out before I could get down there to pick one up.

 

Let me see if I have something to send in trade.



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 02:50 PM

It's a great book and there's so much promotional insight in it that could apply to slot racing, if only anyone was truly interested in doing that.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:05 PM

By the way, I am trying to remember for sure, but I think those Tempests still had the transaxles and IRS systems even with the big V-8s. A local guy I hung around with in high school had a '62 Tempest we shoehorned a built 421 into. The motor was bored and stroked to about 460, used three 500 cfm Holley deuces, with the engine set back 8 inches.

 

The shift linkage was the weak link. It was not only slow, but prone to break at the joint where it connected to the trans.  







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