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Continues the Diagrams and Overviews

GIF:  RIR logo jacket patch

RIR Pics 1  Diagrams and Overviews
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RIR Pics 3 Page begins after Turn Two
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RIR Pics 4 Page begins with Turn Seven
RIR Pics 5 Page begins at Turn Eight
RIR Pics 6 Page Grand Prix Legends simulator frames
RIR Pics 7 Page is from a 1957 Sports Illustrated report
RIR Pics 7b Page SI 1960 Formula One Grand Prix report
RIR Pics 8 Page et seq. show 8mm film frames of a
                                Riverside long course lap
RIR Pics 9 Page Autoweek's RIR Requiem article

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NOTE: A click on any of these images will reveal a larger version.

JPG: Old RIR long course map with distances and lap time chart

Here again it's not very clear where the data boundaries are. Probably some aid in establishing proportions, though. The little notched boxes like the one to the right of an arrowhead after "1658 feet - - >" are gates for grade-level pedestrian crossings opened between hot-track sessions.

A reverse (negative) image of this diagram appears in the unOfficial Souvenir Program from the Formula One race. The diagram also appears at the beginning of the Riverside GP section in Louis Stanley's "The Grand Prix Year" (1960). I don't know if the RIR program version was lifted from there, or vice versa. They differ only in that the British version's lap length lettering is aligned with the horizon.

Thumbnail:  Cover of unOfficial F-1 race program  CLICK to see a large version

Click the thumbnail to see a large (457x600) version of the program cover. Click this text for an 85MB 914x1200 version.


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JPG: scan of a page from 1962 Shelby Racing School brochure
"Brochure for the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving", 1962, it says. Click the picture or this text for a larger version of the track diagram, which includes the ovals and pit and paddock roads.

Photo/Link: Shelby Racing School Sprite training car
I have this Sprite photo from Glenn Hertzler, eyegorf atsign dejazzd dotsign com, who says this is a car that was one of four trainers in use at the Shelby School. The others were an early works Sebring Cobra, a Huffaker BMC Formula Junior, and a second Sprite. Instructors at the school were Shelby, Pete Brock, and John Timanus. Carroll and Pete have no recollection of where the school's records went, and John is no longer with us.

The Sprite was sold to a succession of four Philadelphia men, and it's only the first that Glenn has not been able to identify. Glenn bought the car in August of 1992, and restoration was completed in May of 1998. He'd like to find more of its history.


Photo: clickable aerial view looking across RIR to the NNW

This is my favorite picture so far: in its original size of 1800 X 2200 pixels, 11.5 MB, you can see the two flagmen standing at the edge of the track midway between the end of the Turn One fence and Turn Two. Quite a bit of detail, even though it was printed on porous paper. Just enough to see that the cars on the grid are sports racers, not the NASCAR stockers that are the subject of the remainder of the article in a book about great racing events. The great event at RIR was the first NASCAR race there.

Click this text or the picture to see a larger version.

Click this text to see a 244 K version with more detail available
. You can see the celebrity or driver-in-a-convertible tour proceeding toward Turn Eight.

Click this text for a 1957 view over the Turn Nine area (RIR Pics 7).


Photo:  clickable aerial view looking down onTurn Six

Here's a view of Turn Six. There they are, the drivers taking a topless track tour. The "NASCAR" road at top left goes east to Turn Eight.

Click the photo or this text to see a larger version
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Click this text for a view of Turn Six from the 8mm VegaKam.


View south from Turn Six Bleachers
Can-Am 1978 Photo by Curt Anderson

Thumbnail: view south from  Turn Six Bleachers 

This Can-Am car spun out and is at a point about 2/3 of the way around Six. Pretty ordinary photo, a little late, lots of confusion in the frame; however (and this is why I love slide film) there is also lots of detail. I think I know who several of the people in the picture are, including a couple of the Course Control workers (yellow shirts) standing near the fence. See the fellow with his back to the large camper in the center, Goodyear ball cap, multiple cameras, camera bag dangling, mouth open, camera clutched to his chest rather than pointed at the action? I don't really think it's Your OBedient Servant, but it would have been a typical pose and place. Of course if it was YOBS, he'd have made the critical-moment photo already, and decided a slow-rolling Can-Am car was not worth more film.

Even better, up there lost in the detail but defined by it is a marvelous perspective on Riverside International Raceway's southern half: you can see the (by then) Bosch bridge; the dogleg; the track/ dragstrip that led straight to Old Turn Nine and was at this time a back entrance to the paddock; a red car at the entrance of New Turn Nine where it will soon be forced right and zoom by the checkered outside wall; the Start-Finish straight disappearing as it passes "The Tower." Closer in, right behind the tilted yellow umbrella, you can pick out the Turn Seven crest and the bales lining the run-off area beyond, and note the absence of grandstands in that area.

What, you can't see all that in this little picture? Click the photo or HERE for a better (135K +) view.

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