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The Esses to Turn Six
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|I thought quite a while about where to put this picture. That's Turn Six nearest us, hosting what looks like a pace lap for an early-60s big-bore sports-racing event. It shows a bit about the esses, too. In the small view you can just see Turn Four, where the photo below ends. In the large view, Turns Two and Three are visible, right where the cars are in the next photo. If my copy of the program this comes from had not been damaged by moisture and friction, it might have shown something about the other end of the course, too.|
downtrack from Turn Two (the apex is just out of the frame at the lower right-hand
corner) through Three (that dimple in the left side of the track) and the turn-in
for Turn Four. |
This is relatively modern; in the 50s and early 60s the graded area track left was populated by sage and tumbleweeds, and had a dry creekbed running through it. When you went off the track here, you prayed for smooth. Scroll down for illustrations.
The slope at right is mild compared to the original, which I remember as about 45 degrees and meeting the level ground about a car's width from the edge of the pavement.
|Walt Hansgen in the newest Cooper Formula Junior. This location is not identified in the magazine. I can't think of any place a photographer could achieve this angle other than in the Esses. Remember that the bluffs along the east edge of the track ran right down to within just a few feet of the racing surface, and were a good deal steeper than after they were bulldozed away and the concrete block wall built up near the top. Tires in a fast turn, by the way.|
Hill chases Richie Ginther, whose effort succumbed to engine maladies (lost oil pressure). Take a look at the terrain outside the turn. Scary?
Stirling Moss, DBR2, near the same tire (!) visible in the photo above. Did I mention the creekbed off the edge of the track?
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