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#1 WGD706

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 21:22

Video coverage of the RRDC Evening with Jim Hall presented by Firestone, with support from Honda and Chevrolet, that was held on April 12 before the running of the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.), is now available.
Included is the masterful tribute to Jim Hall written and voiced by Road Racing Drivers Club member Sam Posey, and produced by RRDC member Tom Davey. As RRDC president Bobby Rahal said, “It was a magical evening.”.



http://www.youtube.c...;v=3Fkk-VbSSvU#!

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#2 LittleChris

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 22:29

Thoroughly enjoyed that, thanks for the link :up:

#3 JacnGille

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 22:44

:clap:

#4 E1pix

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:46

Thank You WGD, Tom Davey, Sam of course, and everyone involved in bringing this online.

Awesome. :)

#5 David M. Kane

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:31

Thank You WGD, Tom Davey, Sam of course, and everyone involved in bringing this online.

Awesome. :)


Let me second that, what a great interview. WGD thank you. Its great to Sam Posey at full sound again. I assume this is the Tom Davey of FSV fame?


#6 E1pix

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:36

Let me second that, what a great interview. WGD thank you. Its great to Sam Posey at full sound again. I assume this is the Tom Davey of FSV fame?

Per Tom Davey, I was assuming the same thing. Something of a legendary shoe all through my teens.

And, agreed... Sam sounds great. Really heartwarming to hear the power back in his pipes. :)

#7 JacnGille

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:52

Davey had a pretty mean V Dub Sirocco too.

#8 Jerry Entin

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 17:15

WGD: Very nice interview, Bobby Rahal did a superb job of getting Jim Hall to explain his racing. There is one point that his memory was wrong about though. The following comes from Willem Oosthoek:

At the end of the interview Jim Hall refers to a race at Hondo, Texas where he claims that after blowing the Chevy engine of his Lister in the prelim, he switched it for the engine of his pick-up truck and went on to win the feature.

A great story, but I am afraid that Jim's memory is failing him here. He ran his Lister/Chevy twice at Hondo. In the inaugural race on the weekend of December 6-7, 1958, he won both the prelim and the feature without any problems.

The race he is referring to was the April 4-5, 1959, event at Hondo. In the prelim Jim ran his Lister/Chevy with a Latham supercharger installed by Red Byron. The car kept losing its supercharger drive belt, forcing him out of the prelim after leading.

Since Hall's crew members [Red Byron and Frank Lance] were still at Daytona for the USAC race that same weekend, taking care of Hap Sharp's Maserati 200SI, it looked as though Hall was done for the rest of the day at Hondo, until Bill Janowski came to the rescue. Janowski had retired his Monsterati/Chevy Special with rear end problems in the same Hondo prelim, but he offered his carbureted Chevy manifold to Hall.

It was the Janowski crew that installed the Monsterati manifold in the Lister, modifying its throttle linkage accordingly. Now normally aspirated again like in 1958, Hall's Lister went on to win the Hondo feature, but his pick-up truck had little to do with it.

all research: Willem Oosthoek

Edited by Jerry Entin, 27 April 2012 - 21:17.


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 17:55

Davey had a pretty mean V Dub Sirocco too.

As soon as you mentioned that, I can picture the car again. It even used his trademark #31.

#10 David McKinney

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 19:13

I liked Jim's story better, Willem and Jerry :lol:

#11 Jerry Entin

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 19:41

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Jim Hall's Lister Chevy with hood off.

David: I am in agreement with you. It was so nice of Jim Hall to speak before his peers. If he has any peers. What a great innovator he was and I thought that both Bobby Rahal and Jim Hall did a great job of telling about his racing.

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 27 April 2012 - 19:45.


#12 David M. Kane

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 20:05

I liked Jim's story better, Willem and Jerry :lol:


Me too! :) Plus I think someone was holding up sign we couldn't see that said you got 15, 10, 5 minutes left. That's generally what you have to do at these Award Events otherwise as he said, "I got a lot more I could say..."

As he said in the day I was very secretive...


#13 JacnGille

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 00:48

As soon as you mentioned that, I can picture the car again. It even used his trademark #31.

http://farm5.staticf...d341_z.jpg?zz=1
:cool: