HAIR is another of
the racing venues that generate tellable tales. Some of the world's greatest hop-scotch
matches took place in the old hangar. A famous Formula Ford Mayday at Turn Two
involved the Blue Angels, who wintered nearby. Don Moss reported that he was driving
the Sprite on instinct, what with blurred vision from the up-and-down motion caused
by expansion joints in the back straight concrete.
small black dog herded random goats he found in the abandoned barracks that once
populated the area between the canal and the paddock. Those buildings were leftovers
from WWII, when this was either a bomber or fighter training facility. They were
also used as a sanatorium for tuberculars at some time in their history.
to the track layout, either of the ones I was familiar with was more complex and
challenging than a cursory view might suggest. Not to give away any secrets, there
was a trick at the entrance of Turn 5 that could cut significant fractions off
elapsed times, and offer a passing opportunity for otherwise similarly potent
cars. It did not involve hiding behind the mounds of bunny bullets laid out to
dry along the 4-5 straight.
Jim Roiger, ancient Holtville
denizen and advocate, is coordinating plans for a HAIR reunion during
the Thanksgiving week of 2007. Didn't happen. See his
obituary for particulars of his passing, and his Facebook