A Lesson in History

Revson’s Thrilling Indianapolis Pole Run

Forty years ago, not unlike today, Roger, “The Captain”, Penske, appeared to have the field covered for the 1971 Indianapolis 500

Early Days Racer Art Sparks

At 19 Art Sparks thought he had the world by the horns. He had 10 grand in his pocket, a 17-year-old bride, and was on a ship bound to the orient

Doubleheaders Were Once A Way Of Life

During the early days of NASCAR racing, doubleheader weekends were quite common

Foyt Remained An Offy Loyalist Despite Chevy’s Horsepower

Reams have been written about A.J. Foyt’s phenomenal racing success. His expertise, talent and accomplishments have been extolled by many, known by legions.

Stuntman, Racer Louis Tomei Became Indy Specialist

Another of the characters who made Indianapolis racing what it was in the first half of the last century, Louis Tomei led a colorful life both on and off the track.

1939 European Championship Was Title Nobody Won

In the 1930s, The International Ass’n of Recognized Automobile Clubs sanctioned a European Drivers Championship for Grand Prix cars consisting of the established national Grand Prix races, called Grandes Epreuves, literally “great tests.”

French Showgirl Became A Popular Racing Driver

Born Mariette Helene Delangle in a small French village, she grew up disgruntled with the slow-paced French-country lifestyle. She wanted excitement, and, at 16, pursued that desire in Paris. Attractive, slim, athletic, she changed her name to Helle Nice and found fame as a model for “risqué” postcards, and as an exotic dancer.

Built In 1958, Vaca Valley Raceway Still Sits Idle

Sitting just off of Interstate 80 midway between Sacramento and San Francisco are the remains of a multi-purpose raceway waiting for someone to step in and rescue it.

Hamilton Drove Petty Car To Surprising Daytona Victory

The winner of the 12th running of the Daytona 500, which took place Feb. 22, 1970, at Daytona Int’l Speedway, was a driver few could have predicted.

West Coast Ace Veith Made 11 Indianapolis 500 Starts

Bob Veith raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s. He never won, but that mattered little. Just competing in the 500 fulfilled his dreams and, he believed, defined him as a driver — and with good reason.

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