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#51 WDH74

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 17:49

I too had heard that the short bridge in the photos was a vehicle bridge-it appears to be wide enough for a car to cross. There doesn't appear to be any sort of steps leading up to it on either side, it's directly on the embankments. It's on the far side of the track, just before the steep uphill climb to whatever turn leads towards the short double straight leading to Doane's. (Unless I'm misinterpreting Zooom's description). Anyway that short bridge is definitely wider than the old one that stood over the main straight.

I was out that way a week or two ago-are they going to rip up the Little Monza turn as well? I didn't get the opportunity to hike all the way down there.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 18:05

I too had heard that the short bridge in the photos was a vehicle bridge-it appears to be wide enough for a car to cross. There doesn't appear to be any sort of steps leading up to it on either side, it's directly on the embankments. It's on the far side of the track, just before the steep uphill climb to whatever turn leads towards the short double straight leading to Doane's. (Unless I'm misinterpreting Zooom's description). Anyway that short bridge is definitely wider than the old one that stood over the main straight.

I was out that way a week or two ago-are they going to rip up the Little Monza turn as well? I didn't get the opportunity to hike all the way down there.

-William

The bridge in my pictures is definitely wide enough to fit 2 cars side by side, not a pedestrian bridge. There are no steps on either side, it rests directly on the abutments, just as WDH74 said. In the following picture, it is located approximately between Serpentine and Carl's Bend, you can see where a dirt road/tire tracks lead to where it is:
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And to answer your question about Little Monza:

The end of the turn, nearing the washout:
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Approx. the apex. In this picture you can see where they graded the ground, the old track pavement, and a retaining wall:
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And finally looking on to the main straight:
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Edited by SaturnVUEguy, 16 October 2009 - 15:19.


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Posted 15 October 2009 - 20:34

My memory is that the bridges were just spectator bridges. There were tunnels under the track for vehicular traffic.

Of course, that was over 45 years ago and I could well be wrong. Zooom, Ron, what do you think?

Tom


That remaining iron bridge was a car bridge installed during the 1967-68 rehab job. You took that bridge from the main entrance off 31 into the center of the track, and then you had access to the new metal tunnel under the main straight. The Grand Prix Press newspaper articles talk about those improvements.

Edited by Aero426, 15 October 2009 - 20:51.


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Posted 15 October 2009 - 21:33

That remaining iron bridge was a car bridge installed during the 1967-68 rehab job. You took that bridge from the main entrance off 31 into the center of the track, and then you had access to the new metal tunnel under the main straight. The Grand Prix Press newspaper articles talk about those improvements.

A HA ! That clears matters up quite a bit, and makes all of us right in our posts above. The last time I was there was the 1964 USRRC event (entered the Army shortly thereafter and Meadowdale was gone when I came home) (but I still made all Road America events!!) and I thought that the overpasses were strictly pedestrian. Your saying that the wide vehicle bridge went in a couple years after 1964 tells me that my memory was right.

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Edited by RA Historian, 15 October 2009 - 21:34.


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Posted 16 October 2009 - 02:48

Thats what I thought! I wanted to track the path between the tunnel and the bridge to see if they connected, but never had a chance to the other day. Nice to know I was right about that.

I only found this site on accident while searching for information on the tunnel, and decided to join simply because of this thread. Glad I did!

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 03:24

A HA ! That clears matters up quite a bit, and makes all of us right in our posts above. The last time I was there was the 1964 USRRC event (entered the Army shortly thereafter and Meadowdale was gone when I came home) (but I still made all Road America events!!) and I thought that the overpasses were strictly pedestrian. Your saying that the wide vehicle bridge went in a couple years after 1964 tells me that my memory was right.

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Right, I am assuming the rickety looking Meister Brau bridges were non-vehicle only. Those all went away during the period when the track was closed after '65 and reopened for late '67 and '68.

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 16:22

I want the fullsize version of that picture


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 15:11

Porsche ace Harold Zimdars and his lovely bride Valerie at Meadowdale circa 1962.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 15:48

Porsche ace Harold Zimdars and his lovely bride Valerie at Meadowdale circa 1962.

Aero, any specifics on what model that Porsche is? Any chance you know where that is on the track? I'm kinda guessing toward the end of the straightaway, but was there a ped bridge down there? Where exactly was the one that was removed a few years ago?

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 15:58

As you all know, I took a trip there Mon. Here are a few more pictures I took.

Main gate looking in from Rt 31
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Which has an access road that leads up to this gate
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And if you were to keep following that road, you would eventually come to the bridge in my earlier posts and see this
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HOWEVER, if you go up to the right from that gate in my 2nd picture in this thread you walk along a concrete wall up a hill
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And on top of that hill you will see
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This is after climbing over the wall in the last two pictures. You can see bricks on the wall, which makes it look as if that concrete wall used to have a brick facade on it. There are also a few bricks lying on the ground scattered around.

And if you climb over that wall, you will see a few slabs lying flat on the ground
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Anyone know what that hill was for, why there is a concrete wall leading up it and another one at the top? Or even why there are a few slabs like in my last picture, that are lying flat on the ground? Or even why that one I took a picture of has tar paper on it?

Edited by SaturnVUEguy, 17 October 2009 - 16:02.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 20:50

SaturnVueguy: I was just out there this afternoon, and saw the concrete blocks you show. It appears that they were dropped there to keep people from driving up from the entrance (where the heck is that anyway? I looked for it but couldn't find it). I have a feeling that they were probably repurposed from some other project. They also don't appear to be attached to anything, so I imagine that the one lying on it's side either fell over due to erosion or people screwing around. I also think that the hill leading down from the concrete blockade was shallower at one time-now it leads right down into someone's yard.

I did notice one thing today. Due to the brush that's been cleared away from the edges of the path, you can see loads more old armco posts. I climbed down into the washout today and the only thing that told me on my way back out that I was on the right track was following those!

-William

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 21:06

Aero, any specifics on what model that Porsche is? Any chance you know where that is on the track? I'm kinda guessing toward the end of the straightaway, but was there a ped bridge down there? Where exactly was the one that was removed a few years ago?

Harold Zimdars won FP in the July, 1961, SCCA National event. Contemporary reports seemed to call the standard 356 a 'Normal', and I did see that reference to Porsches in this class. A Porsche expert should be able to tell us exactly what it was; my guess is a 1600cc pushrod engine, not in "Super" trim.

The photo appears to show Harold and Valerie Zimdars on their victory lap at that part of the track that comes up the hill from the esses after the "Little Monza". In other words, still the first part of the track on the return after the long main straight. Up the hill just before the hard left turn at the point where the track almost meets the main straight, sometimes known as "Len's Hairpin", although really a long left and not a hairpin. Probably a mile and a half roughly after the S/F line, but well beyond the straight. Pedestrian cross over bridge is visible. This must be the first one, as one follows the track around from the start. The second pedestrian overpass is on the exit from this long left turn. Wish I knew what the corner numbers were, but I hope that you can figure out the portion of the track which I am describing.

Tom

Edited by RA Historian, 17 October 2009 - 21:15.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 21:47

SaturnVueguy: I was just out there this afternoon, and saw the concrete blocks you show. It appears that they were dropped there to keep people from driving up from the entrance (where the heck is that anyway? I looked for it but couldn't find it). I have a feeling that they were probably repurposed from some other project. They also don't appear to be attached to anything, so I imagine that the one lying on it's side either fell over due to erosion or people screwing around. I also think that the hill leading down from the concrete blockade was shallower at one time-now it leads right down into someone's yard.

I did notice one thing today. Due to the brush that's been cleared away from the edges of the path, you can see loads more old armco posts. I climbed down into the washout today and the only thing that told me on my way back out that I was on the right track was following those!

-William

William,

On the picture at http://meadowdalerac...om/hikemap.html you can see where it is. The concrete wall and slabs I took pictures of are real close to the water tower (just above the tower in the picture, just to the west) in the lower left corner. Above the O in the words "Original main gate" you can see an access road leading up toward the track. If you were to follow that road east (down on that picture) a few hundred feet, you will get to a big wide open grassy area, which was the original parking lot. Beyond that there is a fence which is still there. On the other side of that fence is a big circular driveway, which connects to the old main gate.

And actually, in that same picture, if you follow down from the d in "Carl's Bend" you can see a darker/denser patch of trees between the d and the access road. This is what I figured out was the path of the access road leading to that bridge in my previous posts.

Edited by SaturnVUEguy, 18 October 2009 - 07:08.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 21:58

Harold Zimdars won FP in the July, 1961, SCCA National event. Contemporary reports seemed to call the standard 356 a 'Normal', and I did see that reference to Porsches in this class. A Porsche expert should be able to tell us exactly what it was; my guess is a 1600cc pushrod engine, not in "Super" trim.

The photo appears to show Harold and Valerie Zimdars on their victory lap at that part of the track that comes up the hill from the esses after the "Little Monza". In other words, still the first part of the track on the return after the long main straight. Up the hill just before the hard left turn at the point where the track almost meets the main straight, sometimes known as "Len's Hairpin", although really a long left and not a hairpin. Probably a mile and a half roughly after the S/F line, but well beyond the straight. Pedestrian cross over bridge is visible. This must be the first one, as one follows the track around from the start. The second pedestrian overpass is on the exit from this long left turn. Wish I knew what the corner numbers were, but I hope that you can figure out the portion of the track which I am describing.

Tom

As for that Porsche, could it be this: http://wsrp.ic.cz/na...ls1961.html#8/1 ?

And for what section of the track he is on...I thought that area of the track you are talking about was uphill, when in the picture it clearly shows him going downhill. Perhaps coming down from Len's Hairpin toward The Serpentine?

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 22:12

As for that Porsche, could it be this: http://wsrp.ic.cz/na...ls1961.html#8/1 ?

And for what section of the track he is on...I thought that area of the track you are talking about was uphill, when in the picture it clearly shows him going downhill. Perhaps coming down from Len's Hairpin toward The Serpentine?


I believe the photo is at the very top of the uphill climb just before the left hand Len's Hairpin. Behind the bridge it is running downhill at a pretty good angle.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 05:12

William,

On the picture at http://meadowdalerac...om/hikemap.html you can see where it is. The concrete wall and slabs I took pictures of are real close to the water tower (just above the tower in the picture, just to the west) in the lower left corner. Above the O in the words "Original main gate" you can see an access road leading up toward the track. If you were to follow that road west (down on that picture) a few hundred feet, you will get to a big wide open grassy area, which was the original parking lot. Beyond that there is a fence which is still there. On the other side of that fence is a big circular driveway, which connects to the old main gate.

And actually, in that same picture, if you follow down from the d in "Carl's Bend" you can see a darker/denser patch of trees between the d and the access road. This is what I figured out was the path of the access road leading to that bridge in my previous posts.


Ah, I see where I missed the entrance. I just didn't go far enough. Funnily, I've seen that little driveway and thought "I wonder if that's an old entrance", convinced it wasn't!

Google Earth actually seems to show the concrete barriers-I thought they were further from the water tower than that. I've not done a whole lot of "off track" hiking at Meadowdale, I seem to be getting my directions crossed up. I came off the track at a path just north of the tower (it's quite clear on Google Earth), which I'd walked once a couple of years ago, skirted around the edge of the water tower, then investigated the concrete barriers, looking hopefully for old non-graffiti paint. I wandered about till I found another footpath that took me back to the track proper, which dropped me right in front of the vehicle bridge. I still think that the barriers were dropped there to keep people from entering the property with vehicles.

How long has that water tower been there?

-William



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Posted 18 October 2009 - 07:13

Ah, I see where I missed the entrance. I just didn't go far enough. Funnily, I've seen that little driveway and thought "I wonder if that's an old entrance", convinced it wasn't!

Google Earth actually seems to show the concrete barriers-I thought they were further from the water tower than that. I've not done a whole lot of "off track" hiking at Meadowdale, I seem to be getting my directions crossed up. I came off the track at a path just north of the tower (it's quite clear on Google Earth), which I'd walked once a couple of years ago, skirted around the edge of the water tower, then investigated the concrete barriers, looking hopefully for old non-graffiti paint. I wandered about till I found another footpath that took me back to the track proper, which dropped me right in front of the vehicle bridge. I still think that the barriers were dropped there to keep people from entering the property with vehicles.

How long has that water tower been there?

-William

While you could be right about those slabs, any idea how old they are? The tar paper on the one lying down looks to be pretty old, definitely not something recent.

And for the main gate, I haven't driven Rt 31 in that area in a while now. One thing I really want to do though is park my car at the main gate and take a picture of it, as if a Saturn VUE would be found racing on a track like that! The only reason we went as far as the main gate that day was because I was determined to track down where that bridge came from/led to. While I did track down were it comes from, I never got a chance to go the other way to track where it goes. I still believe it connects with the tunnel under the straightaway, though my dad doesn't seem to be so sure. I do have him second guessing himself to think that I am right though.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 16:27

I believe the photo is at the very top of the uphill climb just before the left hand Len's Hairpin. Behind the bridge it is running downhill at a pretty good angle.

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Exactly. That is where I place him, as I tried to say, using far too many words, a few posts back. Thanks for the clarity, Aero!
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 16:28

As for that Porsche, could it be this: http://wsrp.ic.cz/na...ls1961.html#8/1 ?

Yep.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 21:33

The Zimdars Porsche was just about a hundred feet beyond this bridge, which was at the top of the uphill. Just before the bridge the track started back down in a long sweeper.
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This picture was taken FROM the bridge and would have shown Zimdar's porsche about where the '57 vette is.
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The picture was probably taken from about where this was except closer to the track level...
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 22:35

Those are some AWESOME pictures! :up:

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 22:44

So was that Meister Brau bridge right before the first cutoff that leads to the main straight? The guardrail in the background of the 'Vettes is the main straight, no? What was it made of?

And for the main gate, I haven't driven Rt 31 in that area in a while now. One thing I really want to do though is park my car at the main gate and take a picture of it, as if a Saturn VUE would be found racing on a track like that!


I'll shoot my Miata in front of it for you!

The infield side of the vehicle bridge looks quite overgrown-Google Earth doesn't even really show much of a path on that side. I know the brush was too thick to climb up that side.

-William

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 02:05

So was that Meister Brau bridge right before the first cutoff that leads to the main straight? The guardrail in the background of the 'Vettes is the main straight, no? What was it made of?



I'll shoot my Miata in front of it for you!

The infield side of the vehicle bridge looks quite overgrown-Google Earth doesn't even really show much of a path on that side. I know the brush was too thick to climb up that side.

-William

Between the bridge and that access road, if you follow the original path, its VERY hard to get through. My 4yr old wasn't having too much trouble, but I was basically crawling and it was tough. We eventually gave up, went back up to the bridge, and found another way down to that access road and out to 31.

Your Miata is more fitting for a race track than my VUE! Little sporty car vs crossover suv.

And it sure does look like the 1.1 club course cutoff to me too

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 13:58

Just off to the right in this picture, you can see where the cut off from the main straight joins the course again.
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Now, to see what the cut off really looked like we have this picture:
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In the background is the main straight and to the left, out of the picture this cut off joins the rest of the circuit.

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 14:43

Zooom, I knew that you would have the photos to end all speculation!

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 23:16

Just off to the right in this picture, you can see where the cut off from the main straight joins the course again.
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Now, to see what the cut off really looked like we have this picture:
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In the background is the main straight and to the left, out of the picture this cut off joins the rest of the circuit.

ZOOOM

I love your picture contributions! I want to save all the pictures, but not sure on how to name most of them

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 01:21

If you would have told me 50 years ago, that the pictures I took with my little camera would be of interest to ANYONE.... I would have thought you were nuts...

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 02:27

My understanding is that the short course cut off was new at the time of the USAC stock race in '63. Race winner Curtis Turner is in the 26, and I believe Norm Nelson is in the #3 Plymouth. Turner was banned from NASCAR during this period and ran some USAC shows. The race was scheduled for 225 miles but was flagged at just over 200 miles as it ran as late as 6:30 PM. Another fine example of "Meadowdale Mayhem".

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 14:00

Who's in the #26 Ford?

I recognize the sponsor ED MARTIN FORD from nearby (to me) Indianapolis.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 16:00

Who's in the #26 Ford?

read line one of the post immediately above yours.....

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 20:57

If you would have told me 50 years ago, that the pictures I took with my little camera would be of interest to ANYONE.... I would have thought you were nuts...

ZOOOM

ZOOOM - Believe me. If I had any idea what I was shooting 50 plus years ago I would have shot a lot more film. As it was, being on assignment I would shoot what was needed, shoot a few more things that I thought interesting and that would be it. As it was I would shoot 6 to 12 rolls. But, looking back, I would have shot every driver of note and then some. Oh, well. I still have a pretty good collection of stuff. here is Jim Jeffords coming out from under the Meister-Brau bridge. I am pretty sure it was at the top of the hill before going left down thru a sweeping curve. Great looking at all of this. ron p.s. if any newcomers have not seen my pics on the web you can do so at - www.prairiestreetart.com
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 21:29

Yet another good shot, Ron. That is just about the spot where the Harold Zimdars Porsche was pictured in our discussion of a few days ago on this site.

As we have said several times before, Meadowdale was a great track at which to shoot photos. One could get indecently close to the action and get great shots even without a telephoto lens. Dangerous, of course, but back then we did not think about it! I was at 5 events in the 1961-64 time frame, and like you, wish that I had shot a lot more film. But I was just in school at the time, and film and developing were expensive!

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 23:31

read line one of the post immediately above yours.....



Sorry...I have to have my browser set on at least 150% because I have Fuchs' Dystrophy, an annoying condition of the corneas that causes blurry vision at lower settings. I thought I'd read all of the text accompaining the photos, but due to my narrow 20" monitor, I must have missed some of it. Also, ISTR Turner driving a Plymouth in some USAC races, and thought Nelson might have been replacing him.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it...


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Posted 21 October 2009 - 00:21

My apologies for barking at you....was not aware of extenuating circumstance. You can take a shot at me anytime now, 'cuz I owe you one!

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 00:54

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WOW! I have a picture of Jeffords in this car about 50 feet before this bridge on the same race!
We must have been chasing each other around the track.

I'd put it on here but I gave it to Augie Pabst (several years ago) to keep with the scarab.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 03:03

Yet another good shot, Ron. That is just about the spot where the Harold Zimdars Porsche was pictured in our discussion of a few days ago on this site.

As we have said several times before, Meadowdale was a great track at which to shoot photos. One could get indecently close to the action and get great shots even without a telephoto lens. Dangerous, of course, but back then we did not think about it! I was at 5 events in the 1961-64 time frame, and like you, wish that I had shot a lot more film. But I was just in school at the time, and film and developing were expensive!

Tom

TOM: Well I didn't mention the cost factor but I agree it was there. I was basically out of the service and working as an apprentice in a Advertising Design firm. Not making much money at all and I had to use a commercial lab for developing and prints. Sometimes a tight deadline and getting in late at night on a Sunday, I didn't want to take a chance doing my own processing. I usually picked the best shot and sent off the print to Competition Press. Ah, the digital world is great. Now just down load in the computer, make your pics of what you have and with a click you down load to your client. great and a lot cheaper.
But, It was fun the old fashioned way when I got my own dark room set up. more later gang. Rom

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 15:48

There is a story somewhere about Meadowdale claiming one of the most famous Lotus Elevens ever built, destroyed in a racing accident in July 1961 by owner Jim Kaser. A photo of the remains would be wonderful but does anyone even remember this happening ?


I don't know of the Lotus Eleven, but I have this photo from Jim Kaser of him racing a Lotus 16 at Meadowdale (or Willow Hills, he said) a bit earlier in 1961, and a piece from an SCCA journal describing the event...

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 04:13

I don't know of the Lotus Eleven, but I have this photo from Jim Kaser of him racing a Lotus 16 at Meadowdale a bit earlier in 1961, and a piece from an SCCA journal describing the event...

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David: I am not sure if this is the same car. I think this was taken at Wilmot when the Jr.'s were just getting started. Maybe someone can identify the car. If not Wilmot it may be at Road America. I notice Jim has a white helmet in your photo so this could be someone else. Maybe a previous owner. Regards, Ron N.
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 18:09

In post #30 is a picture of the Meister Brau pit tractor. I have included a photo of Harry Heuer ( I believe) driving my brothers and sister around at meadowdale back in the day on that tractor. Enjoy, John Scott.

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 19:16

The Wall is long gone-it was taken down while the track was still active. Google Earth shows a very clear outline of the course, but a good chunk of it is dirt (Doane's if I'm not mistaken, its been a good few years since I hiked it), plus a creek washed out a part of the main straightaway as well as part of the pavement near the Pure Oil Silo. A section near the south end of the track is also gone, having been covered with fill years ago. There are no structures left, save for the silo (which was repainted to it's Meadowdale livery a couple of years ago), and a vehicle bridge at the south end of the track. The skeleton of a pedestrian bridge stood over the main straight until a couple of years ago, when it was (sensibly, I suppose) taken down.

Oh, if you are down around the starting line/pit area you can still see the markings painted on the pavement. That's kinda cool.

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It is a mistake to credit the creek with the collapse of the north end of the straightaway. The actual culprit is the track itself. During heavy rainstorms the track would send sheets of water plunging down the straight to the bottom of the dip. Now you have two separate flows of water meeting at the bottom one coming from the north turn the other coming from the start finish line. What do you suppose happens when these two bodies of water meet at the bottom of the dip?? I can prove my theroy just by standing near the washout and looking down the west side. There is a large number of chunks of pavement that have washed down the hill. The creek had nothing to do with the wash out. This sudden push of water from the downhill slopes of the track spilled into the creek and continued down the creek to cause the small washout on the eastern part of the track near the silo. From what I've been able to read it appears that this track was rushed into operation. The engineering that was done lacked a lot of thought. It could have been done a lot better. Some one was in a very big hurry to get the track operating.

#91 HistoricMustang

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 14:28

In post #30 is a picture of the Meister Brau pit tractor. I have included a photo of Harry Heuer ( I believe) driving my brothers and sister around at meadowdale back in the day on that tractor. Enjoy, John Scott.


John,


Great photograph.

The brothers are steady checking things out while your sister is simply enjoying the ride.

We do start at a young age!

Thanks for sharing.

Henry :wave:

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#92 David Beard

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 15:34

David: I am not sure if this is the same car. I think this was taken at Wilmot when the Jr.'s were just getting started. Maybe someone can identify the car. If not Wilmot it may be at Road America. I notice Jim has a white helmet in your photo so this could be someone else. Maybe a previous owner. Regards, Ron N.
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Ron, I'm absoulutely sure it's the same car in my photo and your photo. What I am not sure about is whether my photo was actually taken at Meadowdale. When Jim Kaser sent me the shot he said the car was tested at Wilmot Hills before he did the one race at Meadowdale so it could be there. Anyone recognise the backdrop?. Great shot by the way, not seen before. One of yours? Any other angles?

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 17:16

Ron, I'm absoulutely sure it's the same car in my photo and your photo. What I am not sure about is whether my photo was actually taken at Meadowdale. When Jim Kaser sent me the shot he said the car was tested at Wilmot Hills before he did the one race at Meadowdale so it could be there. Anyone recognise the backdrop?. Great shot by the way, not seen before. One of yours? Any other angles?


I'm not sure Wilmot had trees and shrubs that close to the track.... Meadowdale did.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 17:49

I'm not sure Wilmot had trees and shrubs that close to the track.... Meadowdale did.

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So you think car 170 is at Wilmot?



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Posted 22 November 2009 - 19:50

So you think car 170 is at Wilmot?


Because of the presence of trees and shrubs, I would hazzard a guess that the picture is from Meadowdale...
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Posted 23 November 2009 - 15:21

Perhaps the picture of 170 could be toward the end of the straightaway, after the dip/washout? I think there are some similar hills to the west side of the track there, which have since been built on

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 23:06

Curt Gonstead is still around - living in Rock County, Wisconsin... His passion is touring motorcycles these days....

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:46

Any relation to the Gonstead Clinic?
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 18:15

yes... one and the same...

Curt has been a worldwide touring motorcycle enthusiast for many years now. He's traveled to the tip of South America - and a year or so ago did an Isle of Man motorcycle tour with Wayne Coursey...

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 04:47

yes... one and the same...

Curt has been a worldwide touring motorcycle enthusiast for many years now. He's traveled to the tip of South America - and a year or so ago did an Isle of Man motorcycle tour with Wayne Coursey...

Curt made it out to the car show at Meadowdale in September. He was really a fast driver and left the sport at the top of his form to pursue his career as a Doctor. Here is a shot of Curt leading Bob Major during a Formula Jr. race at Meadowdale. These two mixed it up quite a bit during the Formula Jr. days. For those of you who have not been there, check out my web site www.prairiestreetart.com for a lot of photographs of Meadowdale and the other pages feature racing in the midwest during the 60's. Regards, Ron N.
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