- Photos Of Midget Auto Road Racing|
At Riverside International Raceway, 1958
|No doubt whatsoever in my mind about the numbers on these cars: the white one is #59, Danny Oakes in the Dean Van Lines Special; gray one is #52, Don Edmonds in "Cole's Offy"; red is Jerry Unser in "Whitey's Offie." A click in the lower half yields a big version; click on the cars for a bigger one yet.||On the left, light blue car, I'm going with #9, Harry Stockman in the Garnett Racing Cams Special, even though there is a possibility if a second digit there. Look at the car in the next picture: same one, no? The other car is certainly #3, "Bullet" Joe Garson in the Casale Engineering Special. Each car has a Clickem for a BIG version. Lower half for the big pic. Note here the appearance of Box Springs Mountain, stolid and relatively dependable.|
|Now we're talking anomaly: backwards to the backward-track Esses. WTF is going on here? Blue #9, Harry Stockman faced the 'wrong' way and looking over his shoulder. Or it could be #98, Norm Hall, or #99, "Shorty" Templeman. Two Clickems in addition to the bottom half for a big full pic: on the blue car for a zoom-in, and in the upper left-hand corner for a more zoomed-in view.||No chance on a number for the back, black car; I'm calling the middle one "#49," Ray Crawford in the Crawford Markets Special although there are other cars numbered ?9; the front, yellow one is the #54, Bill Homeier car. Same Clickems as the previous frame: lower half full-width picture, the cars for a zoomed-in view, upper left for even more zoom. The last one is a BIG file87K.|
am ashamed to see nearly six months passed
*According to "Fines" of The Nostalgia Forum:
" ... Rosie only ever won two Sprint Car races, both in 1960 near the end of his career, and both top CRA events at Ascot Park in Gardena, CA: June 18 a 15-miler in the Boghosian/Wayne, and October 8 another 15-miler in the Morales/Offenhauser.
"The 500-mile Riverside race was won by Bud Rose (Gemsa = Kurtis/Offenhauser) from Hank Henry, Rip Erikson and a young Don Davis in one of his first Sprint Car appearances."
Then, just a month or so ago (July 2005?):
I met Rosie Roussel (black shirt) during Hila Sweet's racer-gathering at the Parnelli Jones shops and museum in May, 2004. He very kindly posed with some of his friends and supporters, and chatted about his career. That's George Morikawa to Rosie's right; I don't remember the end-guys' names.
Earl "Rosie" Roussel died in August, 2007.
Renee Roussel Peterson (To Herbert Brownell, on Facebook "Remembering Riverside" group, May 17, 2020.)
My father started his career after serving
in the Navy and merchant marines in 1947. In 1949 he traveled to England
for actress Lana Turner and then husband, Bob Topping, owner of the
NY Yankees. Other racers included Frank "Satan" Brewer. He was Central
Valley Racing Assoc champ in 47 and 48. He was track champion at bakersfield
speedway 1949. He raced jalopies and track roadsters for CRA, finished
2nd in points to Nick Valenta in 1955 (by 13 points). Among those he
drove for were Warren Wickham in the Sunset Auto roadster and sprinter,
Jack Sill and the Riley 4 port (which we later bought in 1979, restored
and ran, and the Wayne/Bogosian Chevy. 1958 he suffered an accident
ar West Capitol raceway near Sacramento. He was on fire as he crossed
the finish, which resulted in 246 inches in skin grafts from his left
calf to his hip, and his hands. After returning to racing, he competed
in the San Diego Racing Association in Sportsman Modifieds behind the
wheel of the Jackman Special. He finished 2nd in points to Dick Fries
in 1962, and won the next year.He has a short stint racing the famous
Morales Bros.Tamale Wagon(2 races). He won a main at Ascot, then crashed
at Imperial Fairgrounds. This eventually led to his racing retirement.
Later, He crewed at Indy for several years for owner Gordon Van Liew's
Vita Fresh Special, was racing director at Saugus and Bakersfield Speedways.
After restoration of the Riley track roadster, he actively ran with
the WRA. I lost my dad on August 8, 2007 and now try to honor hin the
best i can.
|Here are #17, Billy Garrett in the Linhares Offy; #27, not listed in my program; #3, "Bullet" Joe Garson in the Casale Engineering Special. Once again the Clickems are: bottom half for the full shot, the cars for a zoomed-in view, upper left corner for still even yet more zoom.|
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