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#51 watkins

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 04:18

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Carlos Reutemann exiting the toe of the Boot...October, 1979




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#52 B Squared

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 16:15

Carlos Reutemann exiting the toe of the Boot...October, 1979


Thanks for the photos Mark. I took my shot of Reutemann in the same location.

A cold, raining, miserable October, 1979 day at Watkins Glen was warmed and brightened by Gilles Villeneuve and his Ferrari on the limit. Still my favorite Formula 1 memory of a United States Grand Prix weekend.

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#53 Barrie Hobkirk

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 16:47

The trophy for the best run GP in 1965. (Post #36-then, and Post #38-now)
I wonder why the plaque was changed from the original?

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 17:50

The trophy for the best run GP in 1965. (Post #36-then, and Post #38-now)
I wonder why the plaque was changed from the original?

Cheers,
Barrie


Barrie, I'll have to talk to Michael to confirm, but I believe that they won this award three different times. Since the one in Michael's possession is without question the 1965 award, possibly the shot with Mr. Argetsinger, Bonnier and G. Hill is misidentified in year from my book source. THe award looks the same, but the tag is definitely different. Good eye! I'll see what I can find out.

#55 B Squared

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 15:43

John Surtees with Derek Bell in 1970 at Watkins Glen. Surtees would break a flywheel on lap 7. Teammate Bell came home in 6th in his Surtees TS7.

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#56 Tim Murray

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 15:51

Teammate Bell came home in 6th in his Surtees TS7.

... to score his one and only World Championship point (sadly).

These are excellent photos, Brian and Mark. Many thanks for posting them.

#57 B Squared

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 11:36

Tim - Glad that you're enjoying the photos.

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Jean-Pierre Jabouille's Renault is rolled out of the Kendall garage for an engine warm up in 1979. JPJ would qualify 8th and had climbed to 3rd when he retired from the Grand Prix on lap 25 with engine trouble. Teammate Arnoux would finish 2nd, approximately 50 seconds behind Villeneuve.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 15:28

"AWESOME photos, Guys!"

Happy to share them, glad that they are being enjoyed.

A reminder to all interested, especially in the Watkins Glen vicinity, Michael Aregetsinger and Watkins Glen historian, Bill Green, will be gathering Saturday Feb. 26 @ 1 p.m for: Center Conversations talk by the two aforementioned gentlemen about the Formula Libre races leading up to the Oct. 8, 1961 debut of Formula One at Watkins Glen, with a focus on the first race through film and slides.

The itinerary for the year follows.

50th Anniversary of Formula One at Watkins Glen Events and Programs
(confirmed as of Jan. 18)


January

~ Sir Jack Brabham’s Cooper Climax T51 on display at the Center.
~ Full series of Watkins Glen Formula One event posters on display at the Center.
~ Michael Turner paintings used for Formula One program covers and posters on display at the Center.
~ Bob Gillespie paintings of the 1961 and 1969 Formula One races on display at the Center.

February

~ Feb. 26, 1 p.m.: Center Conversations talk by Bill Green and Michael Argetsinger about the Formula Libre races leading up to the Oct. 8, 1961 debut of Formula One at Watkins Glen, with a focus on the first race through film and slides.

April

~ April 16: Formula One cars on display all day at the Center.
~ April 16: Showing of the documentary, “Making of Grand Prix,” all day at the Center.
~ April 16, 1 p.m.: Honor the 100th birthday of Bill Milliken, chief steward for Formula One races for the series’ first 10 years at Watkins Glen.
~ April 16, 3 p.m.: Center Conversations talk by motorsports writer Pete Lyons speaks about Formula One in the 1970s, when he was working in Europe for Autosport.
~ April 16, 6 p.m.: Showing of “Grand Prix” at The Glen Theater, Franklin Street, Watkins Glen. $5 donation for the Center requested.
~ April 17: Formula One cars on display at Watkins Glen International for Opening Weekend.

May

~ May 7: Center Conversations talk by racing great Bobby Rahal on his experiences in both Formula One and the Indy 500. The Indy 500 is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

July

~ July 9, 1 p.m.: Center Conversations talk by race fan and history buff Kevin Hughey to honor the American Formula One drivers who raced at Watkins Glen.

September

~ Sept. 9: Launch of Michael Argetsinger’s new book “Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix 1961-1980” at the Grand Prix Festival.
~ Sept. 9, 3 p.m.: Legends Speak at the Grand Prix Festival presents a panel of speakers about Formula One at Watkins Glen.

DETAILS OF ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS THEY ARE CONFIRMED.


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Posted 25 February 2011 - 14:50

Gilles Villeneuve accelerates his Ferrari T3 out of the toe of the boot during practice for the 1978 United States Grand Prix. GV qualified 4th and was placed second behind teammate Carlos Reutemann when the engine let go on lap 23. Carlos would be victorious that weekend.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 14:09

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Dan Gurney and his Eagle-Weslake V12 are the center of attention at the 1967 USGP at Watkins Glen. Dan would qualify 3rd and was running 4th when the suspension broke on lap 24.

#61 watkins

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:03

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Gurney helps push his car away from the track after retiring from the 1967 F1 race at Watkins Glen.



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Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:39

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Clay Regazzoni hitches a ride back to the pits with Alan Jones during the 1979* Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

* Thanks to domenico for the correction.

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#63 domenico

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:30

This photo is from 1979 because Clay Regazzoni had an accident in Long Beach 1980.
In 1979 Jones and Clay were teammates.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 13:05

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:40

I think jj's pit row shot above is from 1974 and shows first & second place Brabham's of Reutemann and Pace. Thanks jj.

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1974 winner Carlos Reutemann leads 3rd place finisher James Hunt. Hunt slowed from second with 5 laps remaining.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 14:48

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Ah, the wonderful pit roof seating! What a bargain for about $60. (Allowed access to the garage area at anytime, as well.)

Some of my favorite shots were taken from there.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 19:27

Some of my favorite shots were taken from there.


I always enjoy seeing your great photos. Feel free to share. :up:

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Carlos Reutemann confers with Antonio Tomaini in the Ferrari area of the Kendall garage in 1977. Teammate Lauda would finish 4th and clinch the championship on race day. Reutemann finished 6th, 1 lap down.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 21:05

This is one great thread!

I was at the Glen from 1976-78, with a photo credential in 1978 and also in Montreal.

Great images, Guys, love it!

#69 watkins

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 23:32

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James Hunt at The Glen



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Posted 28 February 2011 - 23:34

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The crowd at the Boot during the 1970's



#71 E1pix

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 23:59

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The crowd at the Boot during the 1970's


Great Work.... looks like 1978, and either Hunt or Tambay in a Lowenbrau McLaren M26.... or possibly a Villiger Shadow the prior year.

If this was during the race, as it seems, I was within a hundred feet of you, out of frame to the left, along the guardrail with a camera and moist eyes most likely....

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 00:32

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:50

Looks like there was more than one ride share going on in 1979.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 14:38

[quote name='B Squared' date='Feb 28 2011, 20:27' post='4870697']
I always enjoy seeing your great photos. Feel free to share. :up:

Brian, thanks. Both my home computers are out of commission at the moment. Maybe I'll add something at some point but this is such a wonderful thread and I'm enjoying SO MUCH all these great photos that I've never seen. Bringing back some good, good memories.

Keep 'em coming!

Lin

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 16:17

Lin, Glad that you are enjoying the images and memories. I certainly understand your computer problems. Just glad to have you here in spirit, comment and remembrances. Again, thanks to all who have gone to their archives to share with us.

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Soon to be two time World Champion, Niki Lauda, amongst his fans outside the Kendall garage around the same time I took the photo of Carlos inside with Tomaini, October, 1977. I think this was Saturday morning.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:33

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Left to right: James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni take a break in the Kendall Garage.



#77 RA Historian

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:51

A bit sad; two of the three are gone. But not in racing accidents.


#78 B Squared

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 13:41

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Lauda's Ferrari ahead of Ronnie Peterson in the P34 Tyrrell, 1977 practice.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 14:12

Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari T4 is being prepared for warmup in the Kendall Garage, 1979. This is before "the run".

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 19:40

B squared,
Here is a few of my fathers photos that he took from Watkins Glen. Can any of you tell what year this race was? John Scott.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 19:54

Those are great photos. Thanks for sharing them.
Off the top of my head I'd say 1963......

#82 Tim Murray

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 22:08

Off the top of my head I'd say 1963......

Agreed - with G Hill in BRM #1, P Hill in ATS #25 and Rodriguez in Lotus #10, it has to be 1963.

Wonderfully atmospheric photos.

#83 E1pix

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 23:45

B squared,
Here is a few of my fathers photos that he took from Watkins Glen. Can any of you tell what year this race was? John Scott.

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OH MY! These are truly wonderful.


#84 B Squared

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 13:54

lubyjr - Thanks for posting your dad's shots from 1963. Quite a race it seems. Graham Hill's BRM led the first 6 laps before giving way to John Surtees in the Ferrari. Between laps 31 and 34, Hill twice snatched the lead from Surtees. By lap 35, Surtees was again in control of the race. He stayed out front until lap 86 when a broken piston ended his day. Hill led the rest of the distance over teammate Richie Ginther and Jim Clark in his Lotus.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 15:19

Clay Regazzoni and Niki Lauda in the Kendall Garage in 1975. Niki would win his fifth race of the year and Clay was withdrawn in protest of the black flag he received for blocking second place, Emerson Fittipaldi.

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#86 David M. Kane

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 16:27

In 1967 I bought a VW from Joe Heishman VW-Porsche, the next year a Chocolate Brown 911T. Their salesmen were Tex Hopkins and local Formula V ace Jim Daniel. I'm proud to say I remain friends with Tex the rest of his life. He WAS A GREAT MAN and I miss him.

Why did we ever stop racing F1 there? It is still my spiritual home! I love that area in the fall when it is the most beautiful spot in America. It seemed like half of Canada came over for the race!

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 19:16

Why did we ever stop racing F1 there? It is still my spiritual home! I love that area in the fall when it is the most beautiful spot in America. It seemed like half of Canada came over for the race!


Certainly a question I've asked repeatedly, and one oh so valid for Bernie.

Not much of what he does makes much sense to me. Money talks over passion, it seems.


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Posted 05 March 2011 - 20:29

Watkins Glen went bust. By 1980, the track was heavily in debt. Could no longer afford to run F-1.

There were more reasons, of course, but shortly thereafter the track did go under. Only through the far sighted actions of Corning Glass Corp was the track preserved and racing restored.

That is a very short version of a very long story, but the gist of it.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 21:23

Watkins Glen went bust. By 1980, the track was heavily in debt. Could no longer afford to run F-1.


Yes, those are the realities, I should have clarified. It is tragic that Bernie couldn't have made something happen once Corning saved the place.... I think the crowds would return in droves, my being one.

Another factor for sure is safety, even with that the Glen and most US circuits seem beneath Bernie's tastes. Indy was great, but not made of F1 dreams. Many millions would be needed to bring our tracks up to current F1 standards, features which have mostly destroyed the fabric of many great circuits for the spectators.

All in the great name of "progress," I suppose.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 21:30

The track would have been to be completely repaved for 1981 for F1 to stay there. In 1980, René Arnoux said it was so bad that he called it a 'track for dune buggies'...

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 22:59

That is a great photo. I'm off to the folks for the weekend and should have more photos to archive.....in the meantime....

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If I'm right in assuming those pics' are from 1969, looking at the McLaren, then that stain on the starting grid from Clark's Lotus H-16 43 in 1966 has sure stood the test of time, is it still there today? :lol:

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 00:17

Yes the McLaren photo is '69 but the grid shot with Lini and Borsari is '67.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 14:57

Their salesmen were Tex Hopkins and local Formula V ace Jim Daniel. I'm proud to say I remain friends with Tex the rest of his life. He WAS A GREAT MAN and I miss him.


When I've been to Watkins Glen over the past couple of years, it seems as if there are many who say the same. Tex is fondly remembered. Thanks for sharing David.

Tex Hopkins flags Jim Clark as the winner of the 1966 United States Grand Prix.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 15:17

Mario Andretti's 1978 World Championship helped boost the attendance to approximately 120,000 for the weekend. Mario did not disappoint the fans until raceday morning. He was over one second faster than Carlos Reutemann to win pole. In the morning warm up he lost a wheel on the Lotus 79 and crashed. Mario took over the car Jarier was to race and after leading the first couple of laps, fell to third with brake issues before dropping out on lap 27 with engine problems. Jarier took the spare car from as low as 22nd on lap 11 to third with three laps left when he ran out of fuel and was classified 15th. Not at all the result most of us were hoping for that weekend, but it was great to be in Watkins Glen to experience a United States World Champion in front of his home crowd. One of the most beautiful race cars I'd seen at that point in time.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 22:52

Mario Andretti's 1978 World Championship helped boost the attendance to approximately 120,000 for the weekend. Mario did not disappoint the fans until raceday morning. He was over one second faster than Carlos Reutemann to win pole. In the morning warm up he lost a wheel on the Lotus 79 and crashed. Mario took over the car Jarier was to race and after leading the first couple of laps, fell to third with brake issues before dropping out on lap 27 with engine problems. Jarier took the spare car from as low as 22nd on lap 11 to third with three laps left when he ran out of fuel and was classified 15th. Not at all the result most of us were hoping for that weekend, but it was great to be in Watkins Glen to experience a United States World Champion in front of his home crowd. One of the most beautiful race cars I'd seen at that point in time.

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Cool Shot! I have a Black & White taken within feet of this.... the left-hander following the Loop, I presume.... someday I must scan and start posting them. To Do, To, Do, etc.

Yes, huge crowd that weekend. A friend and I were watching the curiosities at the Bog on Saturday night, from quite afar. Regardless all of us on the perimeter — and only those of us who were far away and doing nothing — got seriously clubbed by the National Guard just after recognizing the joys of tear gas for the first time. Somehow still a great memory, though!

Jarier was spectacular that weekend, and more the next at Montreal. He well deserved that 3rd, and even more the victory he'd earned at Montreal, building one second a lap on everyone and going out late with trans issues as I recall. That win could have sealed a better fate for Jean-Pierre, sadly it wasn't to be and that was the last great ride he ever had — maybe the only great one.

I think I've posted here before that I was fortunate to get Photo Credentials at both these events, when barely 18. I will never forget the standing ovation given Mario in Montreal when he sauntered in to the Hotel bar everyone was at. What a moment, and what an honor for this long-haired kid to witness from the inside.


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 04:21

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Front: Denny Hulme, Tim Schenken - Rear: Mario Andretti, Ronnie Peterson...talk on pit lane in 1974.

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Ronnie Peterson on his victory lap after winning at Watkins at the 1973 USGP.

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F1 rookie James Hunt, pumping his fist on his cool down lap after finishing 2nd, less than one second, behind Ronnie Peterson in 1973. Far from the best quality photo I've ever taken, but still one of my all time favorites.


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#97 B Squared

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:03

James Hunt outside the Kendall Garage in 1975.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 22:57

Thanks to you people for dating my fathers photos. Here are a few faces from the 63' F1 race. Enjoy. John Scott.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:19

lubyjr - Thanks again for posting your dad's pictures. Very nice portraits. The Rodger Ward picture threw me for a minute, I'd forgotten he competed in a private Lotus that race. I look forward to seeing more, if available. :up:

A couple more of my pictures from the 1978 USGP at Watkins Glen. Laffite qualified his Ligier Matra JS9 in 10th and struggled home a lap down in 11th. Niki Lauda qualified the Brabham-Alfa BT46 5th and was up to 3rd when he retired on lap 29 with "oil pump" listed as the reason for his DNF.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:19

USGP 1977.
Anyone know what the device is that I've marked with the red arrows?

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