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Turns Eight and Nine
Pics -1- Diagrams and Overviews
think I see a flagman on top of the cut hill just above the second car, as well
as a Turn Seven grandstand with the old tower towering; beyond them a light streak
might be the road at Turn One (you could actually see cars pass over the tunnel
from here at Eight); below that a second flagman holds up a yellow (trust me)
and the Seven-Eight road runs behind it; above the Chaparral, the S-F complex;
to the left of the fist's wrist, the dark swoop from left to right is the shadow
of the Champion Bridge on the cut bank.
Siffert at one of the Garbage Spots on the track: an off-camber, downhill transition
that really levels out the differences between cars. Given equal intensity, there
isn't that much difference between the fastest and the slowest at this point,
where everyone is kind of tippy-toeing around and trying to stay on the track
as well as get good position for the full-on accelleration down the mile-long
The graded area behind the car leads to a road east to one of the track gates. It seems this area is now under a shopping complex.
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|This is convincing: roadside tires were a major part of the experience.|
|I think I see several slope transitions: starting with the car nearest to us, there is a downhill that levels some ahead of the third car, slopes again ahead of the fourth car, levels a bit at the fifth car. I think we know that just after the join with Turn 7a the slope becomes even more extreme, then levels out and doesn't change much through Nine (which may be a little downhill from entry to exit, according to the Start-Finish photo with an L&M Porsche leading).|
|Seems as if this is the view from the bridge. It shows ever so clearly the swoop that begins just after the Turn 7a join and levels a hundred or so yards thereafter. Click the pic or this text for a larger view.|
There is a wonderful resource for early 60s California sports car racing and RIR photos at Tam's Old Race Car Site. You will also find some pictures of Riverside International Raceway as it appears today. Sigh.
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