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Page 1b of the RIR Pictures Pages
RIR Pics 1 Diagrams and Overviews
pages are for the education, edification and entertainment of diehard Riverside
International Raceway fans
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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.|
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.
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.
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.
south from Turn Six Bleachers
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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