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I'll post a handful more tonight.




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One more for now....I wonder if Mr Day remembers this?



 



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Priceless Curt....wow :)



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Pretty kewl stuff huh Rick. Seeing all of the names and pictures just brings back huge memories for me and hopefully those that were around Sky Valley back in those years will appreciate this. My dad was part of the group that got this started so I spent many early years going to the track every weekend. And I wouldn't trade it for the world.



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Ah, double posts suck! Now go read it below.

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CurtK wrote: Another...






 

Seeing the above picture brought back some good memories-

Two young teenagers, attending the 78 opener at West Capital Raceway. The two hour drive with a parent was worth it. My birthday was just a day or two before and my partner in crime, his was just a few days away. Spending our birthdays at race tracks was a benifit of the March season opener.  And for the weeks leading up to the race, it was all I cared about.

Quck Nick Rescino was racing that night. It had been two or three years since he was a regular at the Tully Rd track, in San Jose- moved on to the dirt at West Cap. What a great move for him. But boy did we miss seeing him.

As he rolled out onto the track (with a push truck behind him) we scrambled down to the fence to get a better look. I was thinking, where is Sid his longtime trusted crew cheif. Sid had been with Nick forever, always down next to the car until it was pushed off and racing. They’d won track  championships together (not just two but many). Track records and feature wins from San Jose to Boise, Salt Lake City and further east too. Where was Sid tonight?

“Hey Nick” we yelled in unison trying to get his attention. He looked our direction and waved his gloved hand as if to say hi. Hurrying, the Kodak 110 camera was raised and a snapshot was taken. Damn, the fence was in the way. Click, click, was this photo any better? And before the push truck could move him further away a third photo was taken.

Three photos of Quick Nick were waiting in CarWash’s camera. He was a Howard Kaeding fan, Three shots of Nick could be an annoyance. But they weren’t. Like me, he just loved Sprint Car and Super Modified racing so much that it didn’t matter if your friend’s favorite driver was different than yours. With Kaeding and Rescino one of them was sure to win…and they did win a lot.

We had fun that day. We saw VanConnet tumble the newly painted blue 3c Side Bite Sprintcar in turn one. A Bob Davis creation- but I think the Paulson brothers were involved- only a handfull (7 or 8) were built and they were FAST! All we could think was GP’s regular ride was wrecked by Leroy, holy crap, what is the Preacher going to say. Did he even like Leroy- they were on track nemis’s.


And where was GP? Was this the year he had a broken leg or arm? Or was this the year that GP had a terrible crash while towing to an out of state race (Texas maybe)?

A hunk of mud about the size of a football was hauled home and wrapped in clear plastic before being stored in the shed. Yearly watering proved that West Cap clay was better than anything this side of the Mississippi. Better than Ascot, Manzy, Skagit, ‘Stoga, Grass Valley, Hangtown Speedway, Silver Dollar and Petaluma too. They needed clay like this at Chula Vista. None was better, we thought.

A low period of the day was watching a young Rick Paoli back his Super Modified into the turn one wall. A greasy track contributed to a seemingly low speed spin  that turned him backward. The following day we were shocked and saddened to learn that Rick had suffered extreme head injuries and would not race again. I still can't get past that it was just a very slow low speed crash.

After a lengthy rehab Rick became involved in Kevin Darling’s #25 Sprint Car team. Just shy of 30 years after his crash Rick passed away at age 51.

It’s amazing I still remember all of this. But things that impact me are NEVER forgotten. NEVER.

A night of good racing has given a lifetime of memories. And a 110 camera had captured something that would not be forgotten too.

So, fast forward 30 years and the photo posted by Curt reminded me that of the three Quick Nick photos taken. I had lost one (the one posted by Curt). Here is the first one taken. The third one shows the affects of being taped to my toolbox for the last 25 years. I guess a phone call to CarWash Mike is past due.

 


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Nice write Marshal :cool:



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Wow......that's pretty kewl. The guy that sent me those photo's told me he took them off a website with permission. If you'd like, I can follow up with him and find out the particulars. It's a friend from the Fresno area so I'm guessing the website is a California based website.



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CurtK wrote: Wow......that's pretty kewl. The guy that sent me those photo's told me he took them off a website with permission. If you'd like, I can follow up with him and find out the particulars. It's a friend from the Fresno area so I'm guessing the website is a California based website.

No, that is not needed. I hope I did not imply that you were using it without permission. For all I know, CarWash sent it to your friend or posted it at a website. I just thought it was interesting that I had the other 2 photos.

There is very little that I possess or own that I would not share with anybody. I think it's nice to see that a photo taken with CarWash's camera would be part of a conversation 30 years later.

Life's been good and it just keeps getting better.

 

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sprintcarz wrote:

No, that is not needed. I hope I did not imply that you were using it without permission. For all I know, CarWash sent it to your friend or posted it at a website. I just thought it was interesting that I had the other 2 photos.

There is very little that I possess or own that I would not share with anybody. I think it's nice to see that a photo taken with CarWash's camera would be part of a conversation 30 years later.

Life's been good and it just keeps getting better.

 


It's one thing I seriously try and watch and that's pirating someone else's pics without props.....I just won't do it....at least not on purpose. Like you I felt it was pretty kewl that your personal photo's show up 30 years later. I'd love to see that happen with some of my old photo's down the road.....kinda a compliment of sorts I think.   



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Great Stuff.  I've got an old 65 Skagit annual that I can share.  Also I attended the Gold Cups at West Capital in 76 through 79 (and haven't attended one since) and have some 110 quality pictures.  That was a fun track.  Always wonder how it would be with todays cars and horsepower:). I'll have to find the time to scan and share them.  This is a great thread.  It was fun on the other board too.  Just have to find the time and hook up the old scanner again.

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Not NW stuff, but I have a lot of California stuff at my Fotki site:

http://public.fotki.com/nitram22/auto_racing/racing_scans/



Jerry Sneva, 1974, Stockton 99 Speedway,  Golden West Classic series

 

 

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AND ON A SIDE NOTE TO THE PIC ABOVE, STOCKTON IS ALIVE AND WELL..WILL BE RUNNING AGAIN IN 2009. NOW HOW OFTEN DOES THAT HAPPEN THAT A TRACK COMES BACK? :cool:



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Hey, anybody out there with the old Sky Valley, Skagit yearbooks see this car in them? Do not know anything about it.

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rickt wrote: AND ON A SIDE NOTE TO THE PIC ABOVE, STOCKTON IS ALIVE AND WELL..WILL BE RUNNING AGAIN IN 2009. NOW HOW OFTEN DOES THAT HAPPEN THAT A TRACK COMES BACK? :cool:
Yesh, this is one case where the recession helped racing, I read that the would-be developers decided not to move forward due to the current economic situation.

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martyk wrote: rickt wrote: AND ON A SIDE NOTE TO THE PIC ABOVE, STOCKTON IS ALIVE AND WELL..WILL BE RUNNING AGAIN IN 2009. NOW HOW OFTEN DOES THAT HAPPEN THAT A TRACK COMES BACK? :cool:
Yesh, this is one case where the recession helped racing, I read that the would-be developers decided not to move forward due to the current economic situation.

Too bad that didn't occur more often. Which NW and California tracks would still be here?

Rick, I'll give you the honor of posting one of your favorites.

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San Josee Speedway, Tully Rd

San Jose Speedway @ The Fairgrounds


 

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I'll post some more of the program that I already have scanned tonight.....




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I posted this more for the autographs than anything......one in particular really stood out. Here's who signed this.....

Ray Vaughn
Doug James
Worth Skinner
Earl Draper
Randy Moser
Jim Peters
Kenny Gardiner
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Last one for now....




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Chuck#16 wrote: Hey, anybody out there with the old Sky Valley, Skagit yearbooks see this car in them? Do not know anything about it.
Don't know if this is the car.  But maybe the 75 car? 

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speedbuggy wrote: Chuck#16 wrote: Hey, anybody out there with the old Sky Valley, Skagit yearbooks see this car in them? Do not know anything about it.
Don't know if this is the car.  But maybe the 75 car? 

speedbuggy, thanks for the reply but Rally Root had told me that he thought it was one of the Lyon's car and from the post a few up from yours and here again it looks like it might be

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Does anyone have any old photos of Vern Church. I've heard the stories that in his younger years he was an outlaw before there were outlaws.



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I thought I might have some pics from when Vern won the Daffodill Cup up at Western a bunch of years ago....when NSRA was still predominately a supermodified deal. The super teams hated it that Vern could run with them in a sprint car....lol. I'll continue to look.

To those that participated in the "Old photos" thread I apologize for starting another thread that was basically the same as was already there. I forgot all about it. I asked if maybe the 2 could be integrated into 1......but I don't think it can work....again I'm sorry.

Here's some more photo's that Chip Clark gave me to post.....hope ya'll enjoy.



 



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A familiar face at Western in Victoria.....Bob Beadle.




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Too funny....lol. Hey Chip.....gotta pee?????




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Sky Valley @ Evergreen 1978.




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Coos Bay 1974....before it was dirt.




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Langley 1974.




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Sky Valley again......1970.




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Really even before my time.....lol.....Aurora Speedway.




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CurtK wrote: Sky Valley @ Evergreen 1978.



I remember that 1 car when I was a kid at skagit speedway some times who was that ? any one know ? I like that car as a kid.

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