Posted 22 March 2009 - 11:52
Posted 22 March 2009 - 16:18
Posted 22 March 2009 - 16:53
In his book, The Watson Years, Gary Wayne writes that the name was first used during the 1961 season.
There is a fellow dinosaur in Jones' life, housed in the Speedway's new infield museum. Age hasn't withered it one whit. It's still as gorgeous as the day it was born, long and sleek and shapely, armored in pearlescent lacquer and gold leaf. A name like Agajanian Willard Battery Special just isn't right for a thing of such beauty. Watson-Offenhauser isn't much better. Even Ol' Calhoun, the sobriquet Jones gave it for no particular reason other than affection, doesn't really fit.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 16:44
A great piece, but sadly, Parnelli is misremembering the Riverside stock car incident. It was 1970, he didn't win (Foyt did), Goldsmith had retired from racing, but...the tire situation and, more importantly, his gesture toward the press box where all the NASCAR big shots were - including Bill France - is completely accurate
And speaking of Calhoun......
Parnelli mentions it but it doesn't answer the question. Still this short piece is a great read....
I've been trying to get that story out there, because it's a classic and it's almost lost to history. I believe Competition Press & Autoweek made a veiled reference to the incident (something along the lines of Parnelli pointing out what position he was in), but no one else did.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 17:14
However SI covers mostly Baseball, (American) Football and seemingly endless basketball and their motor sports coverage is sketchy at best...so I'm not sure how true this is!
Posted 29 April 2010 - 00:12
But how about the car being named after a movie star : Rory Calhoun ("The Texan" - TV 1958-60ish), or a vice-president - John Calhoun (1817-1821).
Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:14
Posted 26 January 2013 - 23:47