guess I spent more pedal-to-the-metal time at RIR
than any other place. I can run laps there in my imagination/memory, easily and
enjoyably. I have 8mm and Super8 movies made from inside the car: here, Ontario,
Holtville, Willow Springs, and the Old Tijuana Airport. I run those once in a
To see frames
lap recorded on 8mm film, click HERE
Turn 7, 7-a series is (was... sigh) one of the most difficult and exciting places
on the track. The only one I've driven that approaches it is 3-4-5 at Willow.
Here at Seven you arrive at near top speed, brake going up a hill, and if you
have any kind of grip at all, can release the braking for a split second at the
crest, and brake some more at about the spot you turn in. That's where the car
is in this photo. In the background are the Turn 6 bleachers and one of the many
Datsun 510 sedans that populated these events. It's the small white
dash near the center bottom of the bleachers.
When I was flagman
at this turn (remember that 1961 picture above? That's the place)
I could look into the cockpits of the open cars and see their technique.
came through there driving a Sunbeam Alpine (Oh, yes he did!
Click H E R E
for a 37K proof!). His head, torso, and shoulders were cool, calm,
straight-arm style as he slid the little convertible around. His
feet were tap-tap-tapping the brakes, clutch and accelerator in
lightning moves, belying the car's smooth arc.
VEGA on-track photos
(Butch Cassidy ghost town) Page