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#1 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:13

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Rockin Dan
Dan Gurney showing off Electric Guitar that was part of Charity Auction.
Peter Brock and his beautiful wife Gayle are behind Dan Gurney and that is Elliott Forbes- Robinson in the hat.

Everyone really enjoyed hearing about Dan Gurney's experiences in motor racing. He had the audience eating out of the Palm of his hand as they say.

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Doug Magnon and Dan Gurney and Ray Magnon
I am going to show the Forum members what it was like at this event this past weekend. It was the brain child of Dave Wolin. He enlisted the help of the Riverside International Automotive Museum and Doug Magnon and Ray Magnon to accomplish this great event.

Doug Stokes was also a Powerhouse at this event.

It's purpose was to Honor Dan Gurney and the other Legends who were at the first races at Riverside.

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#2 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:00

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Event Chairman Dave Wolin in red shirt and Jerry Grant

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Bill Krause and Davey Jordan and Dick Guldstrand
Bill Krause was the winner of the 1960 Riverside Grand Prix driving a Birdcage Maserati.

Of the Indy type drivers at the event there was Jerry Grant, George Follmer and Lothar Motschenbacher and Bill Krause and of course Dan Gurney.

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#3 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:07

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Dave Wolin and Ray Magnon and Doug Magnon
This trio were the driving force behind the Legends of Riverside

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Norma Jordan in Yellow and Sonnie Turner and Doug Stokes
No event could be run without the help of supporters of the event and Norma and Sonnie did a great job of getting everyone signed up and issuing credentials.

top photo Albert Wong - copyright 2009 Albert Wong

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#4 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:13

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Bill Pollack and Joe Playan in red jacket
Harvey Lasiter and Doug Hooper behind them.

Bill Pollack has written a very nice book on his racing experiences. It is called Red Wheels and White Sidewalls. Both Lance Reventlow and Bruce Kessler considered Bill Pollack a friend and a Mentor.

Joe Playan was at the first race at Riverside and was leading the under 2 Liter race until he slid of course. He came back to finish 3rd in that race.

Bill's book can be seen at :
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#5 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:29

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Fellow Forum member Frank S and an unsmiling Jerry Entin
Note Frank S brought his TNF shirt to the event.

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Eric Haga and Davey Jordan and Tony Adamowicz and Peter Bryant

It is with great sadness I post this photo. Soon after this great event we lost Legend Peter Bryant.



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bottom photo - Albert Wong - copyright 2009 Albert Wong

#6 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:41

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Lothar Motschenbacher signing autograph for fellow forum member Paul House.
That hot chick behind Lothar is his lovely wife Olivia.
Lothar explained the movie he was in for James Garner's Cherokee Productions called "The Racing Scene" and the audience then got the opportunity to enjoy the film.

Here is a thread on Lothar that is on this forum:
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:53

Wow wish I had gone to that.

#8 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 06:01

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Doug Hooper and Harvey Lasiter
Both of these guys were CanAm drivers. They also worked together 40 years ago at Doug's Corvette, this was Doug Hooper's Corvette repair shop in the Valley area of Los Angeles. It was located in an area called Studio City.

This event was more like a 50th Year Reunion then it was a Racing type Event.

Harvey Lasiter is now living in Las Vegas and Doug Hooper now lives in Northern California.

The guy in the white shirt behind them is great photographer Dave Friedman. Dave brought his new Corvette book and his Cobra book to this event. He was signing copies for the fans.

The joke of the weekend was whenever anyone saw their friends, they would say "They look like themselves, but they are so much older."

I said to Lothar Motschenbacher after he said that when he saw Doug and Harvey, Lothar don't look in a mirror. We have to remember this is nearly 50 years down the line.

Buford: As they say, " You have seen nothing Yet!"
It gets way better.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:48

:clap: Thanks Jerry for getting the autograph for me. Your pictures are the next best thing to not being there. Thanks for sharing.
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#10 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 13:38

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Bob Bondurant signing the Electric Guitar.
All the Drivers present signed this guitar and it was auctioned off for Charity and purchased by the Gurney Family.
Bob Bondurant is a recipienet of a new heart pacemaker and was in great spirit throughout this event.
Bob raced in Formula One. Other Formula One drivers at the event were Howden Ganley and Pete Lovely and Tony Settember and of course Dan Gurney.

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Bill Krause and Bill Pollack and Dave Friedman signing Posters

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#11 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 13:53

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Eric Haga and Davey Jordan
Eric Haga is one of the driving forces behind the F-5000 Group in America. Davey Jordan was a team driver in the day for James Garner's Racing Team and appeared in the movie "The Racing Scene."

Eric Haga is hoping to be able to compete in his Lola T 192 this season in the F-5000 meetings. He has been restoring his old car over the winter. He tells me he is the crew chief and head driver of the team. In other words he is doing all this by himself.

#12 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 14:26

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Albert Wong Race Photo-Journalist.

Albert has done publicity work for such teams as Gurney and Theodore Racing and Swift Race cars among others. He also is a very accomplished race photograper. He is a get it done type of guy and respected by all.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 26 July 2009 - 18:57.


#13 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 14:39

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Indy Eagle
The Eagle was an Indy type car designed by Dan Gurney's team and was very successful in Indy type racing.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 15:36

Jerry, no wonder you have not been posting in the last week. You have been quite busy with this reunion. It must have been a wonderful event to attend. :up:

I see where Jerry Grant has not gotten a new rug yet.... :rolleyes:

Good to see a photo of Lothar Motschenbacher. Wish he would do more historic race appearances. He was such a fixture in the USRRC and Can Am days that he must have lots of stories to tell.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 15:49

Jerry, many thanks for such great coverage of the event. Now I wish I had made the effort to attend!

As I've mentioned on other threads, Riverside means a lot to me: though I never competed there, I have many happy memories of spectating in that SoCal dust. And 42 years ago this month two crazy kids -- who grew up to be my wife and myself -- were married in downtown Riverside.

#16 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 15:57

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Olivia and Lothar Motschenbacher and Harvey Lasiter

Tom: You asked for it. Here is another of Lothar this time with his "Beautiful Bride" at his side.

They showed the movie "The Racing Scene" that Lothar Motschenbacher was in at this event. In one part of the movie Lothar is real fiesty and talks back to the team manager. I asked Olivia is that the way he is at home. Her reply was "Exactly."

By the way, everyone who got the opportunity to meet Olivia Motschenbacher, commented on what a Lucky Guy Lothar was to have such a great wife.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 26 July 2009 - 18:46.


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Posted 30 March 2009 - 16:03

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
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Why do I think of Dave Gilmour when I see this?
As well as both being guitarists, both raced front-engined BRMs...

#18 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 16:10

Dave: I think we were Lucky that thing wasn't Plugged in. Dan Gurney's dad may have been an Opera singer, I don't think Dan is a Bob Seger.

I doubt he could have done that Axe justice.

#19 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 16:20

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Gayle and Peter Brock and Joe Playan
This is a picture I am very happy to post. In the day Peter Brock was a race driver and driving instructor. He also was a race car designer. He is the man who designed the Shelby Daytona Coupe and the Lang Cooper and the Nethercutt Mirage among others.
Peter and his wife Gayle are now race photographers and Journalist. While taking pictures at an Off Road Race, Peter was very gravely injured and it is a miracle he has recovered so nicely and was able to enjoy this event. The prayers of the whole racing community were fighting for Peter's recovery and they have worked.

Peter Brock also appeared as a race driver in a student project film done by a very young aspiring Film Student you may have heard of.
George Lucas!

This film was shot at Willow Springs and I have seen it and can only say that after watching George Lucas's work on this film that I wouldn't doubt he would go on to make StarWars and many other great films.

Here is that Film:

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 17:16

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
Dave: I think we were Lucky that thing wasn't Plugged in. Dan Gurney's dad may have been an Opera singer, I don't think Dan is a Bob Seger.
I doubt he could have done that Axe justice.

And I'm sure Dave Gilmour would never claim to be in Dan's class as a driver :D

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 20:27

Any chance of getting Dan or any of the other drivers to join us here?

#22 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 20:34

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Oscar Koveleski and Elliott Forbes-Robinson

If this event were a school Reunion, the guy who came the furthest to get here would be Oscar Koveleski. I may have come in second coming from Michigan.

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KidRacer that Oscar Koveleski had done in Gurney colors for the Auction.
The very good looking girl doing the driving is Evonne Barsakis, Evonne also helped out at the credential table with Norma Jordan and Sonny Turner. Her driving instructor in the KidRacer was Oscar Koveleski himself. She did a very good job of keeping the car off the walls.


Buford: I think most of the guest of the Legends of Riverside are like Peter Sellers in the movie "Being There"
They like to Watch.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 26 July 2009 - 20:04.


#23 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 20:54

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Pete Lovely and Bob Bondurant signing Posters.
Both these guys raced in Formula One in the day. Bob Bondurant may get the award for the most wives. I believe he told me he has had 6.
The fellow to Pete's left in the picture is also a Formula One driver, Tony Settember. Tony would get the award as being the fittest. He came to this event in perfect shape.

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The good looking guy on the right is Howden Ganley with his friend Jerry Entin.
Sid Taylor and I ran the BRM P 167 for Howden in the 1971 CanAm at Riverside and he finished a fine 3rd in that race. Howden also raced Formula One and owned the Tiga car company with his friend Tim Schenken.


Photographer Bob Bondurant

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 21:12

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Brent Ballie and Joe Playan and Frank Monise
Frank Monises father raced against Joe Playan in the day many times.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 05 February 2012 - 15:57.


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Posted 30 March 2009 - 21:23

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Scooter Patrick and Dave Wolin

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 22:59

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Bruce Kessler
Bruce showed his film called "The Sound of Speed". Bruce also was awarded the Cooper 500 Trophy.

Bruce would get the award for the person who has lost the most weight since the summer. He has lost near 40 pounds and looks very good. He had his buddy Richard Meddoff at the event with him and Richard told me Bruce is watching his diet and working out in the gym every morning. I was very happy to see the new Bruce Kessler at this event.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 23:22

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Allen Kuhn and his wife Carole
Allen was selling his photos at this event. Carole was helping out in their booth.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 23:33

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John Wilson and his photos
That's Scooter Patrick looking at the selection of photos. Scooter was also in the James Garner production called "The Racing Scene".

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:15

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
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Fellow Forum member Frank S and an unsmiling Jerry Entin
Note Frank S brought his TNF shirt to the event.

Photographer Tony Adamowicz


Hi Jerry & Frank,

Great photos and thanks for sharing. I had a ticket and everything but illness kept me away :( . I had a DVD prepared of 300 of my Riverside photos that they were going to show at the event. Maybe next time?

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:19

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Dave Friedman and his friend Susan Claudius and Richard Meddoff.

Dave grew up in the same part of town as I did. We went to the same school. He was in the Class of 1956 and I was in the Class of 1960.

Dave Friedman was the official Shelby photograper in the day and also has done great books on McLaren Cars and Lola Cars. He had his newest books on the Cobra and the Corvette with him at the event. Susan Claudius was helping Dave sell copies of them.


Dennis: We missed you. You weren't alone on the sick list. Chic Vandagriff wanted to come also but wasn't up to the trip. Chuck Jones had his pacemaker replaced.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 26 July 2009 - 18:50.


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:27

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Robert Ryan and his best brother Paul Ryan

I met Robert Ryan this summer at Mosport, Canada where he had brought his McLaren Mk 6. He held the lead in the early part of the CanAm Reunion held there. His car was presented exactly as if it were back in the day.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:44

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
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Event Chairman Dave Wolin in red shirt and Jerry Grant

Of the Indy type drivers at the event there was Jerry Grant, George Follmer and Lothar Motschenbacher and Bill Krause and of course Dan Gurney.


How is Jerry Grant doing?????

#33 Jerry Entin

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:48

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Linda Vaughn next to Andy Boone's McLeagle.
I don't have to tell the forum members anything about Linda Vaughn, as there is a whole thread on her

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Linda Vaughn enjoying the event
I can only say that everything said on the thread about her is true. She is the sweetest, hardest working Ambassador of Motor Racing in existence.

Here is a site with lots of stories and pictures of Linda Vaughn and also plenty of eye candy.
http://forums.autosp...ht=linda vaughn


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#34 Jerry Entin

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 03:03

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The Legends of Riverside on the Stairway.

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Jim Jeffords and Lothar Motschenbacher and Tony Adamowicz and Joe Playan
Bottom of the stairs for the Legend line up

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 04:06

Excellent stuff - hats off to the Magnon family for doing that deal right!

:up: :up: :up:

Thanks again to Jerry for sharing his photos and comments. Sorry to have missed that - my leisure time isn't much mine anymore.

P.S. great to see Joe making that show - he must be 95 right?

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:10

Originally posted by Dennis Currington


Hi Jerry & Frank,

Great photos and thanks for sharing. I had a ticket and everything but illness kept me away :( . I had a DVD prepared of 300 of my Riverside photos that they were going to show at the event. Maybe next time?


Dennis, I looked for you before flaking out at noon on Saturday. I missed the Gurney spectacular and the Sunday entire. I bet we'll be in better shape next year, eh?


Now, I'll offer my stuff. For all the great camera gear I toted around, somehow it just didn't work right all the time. I'm not as fast as I once was, either.

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At the Registration and Autograph desk, Bob Bondurant signs one of many items inscribed by as many racing drivers and dignitaries as would fit. The memorabilia were auctioned or sold with proceeds to charities.

(Edit: The wheel visible on the counter behind Bob is the "Cooper Trophy"; cool!)

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:15

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Bob Schilling, John Morton, and Scooter Patrick limber up before the oncoming onslaught of questions, photo opportunities, and general good-natured badinage. Also before my camera found its focus.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:17

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Peripatetic racing drivers Toly and Karen Arutunoff very graciously hold still for the photographer. Toly's book, One Off is delightful reading for nostalgia fans. Plenty of quick facts and opinions about life in the quicker lanes.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:19

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Doug Stokes and Dave Wolin, who among others muscled and charmed the Riverside Legends event into being.

I'm grateful.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:20

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Oscar Koveleski holding forth.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:23

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On the stage for a Tribute to Paul Newman, the man at left (whose name I disremember) was the first to put PLN in a racing car driver seat, at Willow Springs (he has a photo); Bob Bondurant taught Newman how to race, and described him as an apt and especially attentive learner; Arthur Newman, Paul's elder brother, described him as a role model and mentor. Arthur was a producer on /Winning/, which was a key episode in the development of PLN into a racer. The film was shown after the talks.

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Art Evans receives his medal, a symbol of his induction into the Riverside International Hall of Fame. The very affecting ceremony honored those of outstanding participation in various aspects of the rise and consolidation of motor sport in the era, and especially in driving at RIR.

Jerry Entin was inducted, and failed to mention his medal, as displayed in the picture of us together, posted above.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:29

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George Follmer rises to meet the presenter of his medal. In the background you can see Pete Lovely, Dick Guldstrand, and another I did not identify.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:30

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Guldstrand contemplates his medal. In the red shirt is "Corvette Hunter" Jim Gessner; Pete Lovely in the dark shirt (seated).

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Jim Jeffords; he was party to some discussion about who among those present could claim the mantle of "Third Fastest Corvette Driver".

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They also serve who only stand and wait; wait the presenter did: Oscar had some words of advice to impart before he would bow his head for the medal.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:38

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Jerry Entin (light blue shirt) and a few of his friends. This picture typifies the kind of aggregation you missed if you didn't come to the RIAM event: in the photo are Pete Lyons (center, orange shirt) and his wife, Lorna (left edge, brown blouse); Eliot Forbes-Robinson (dark shirt with flowers); Photographer-Journalist Albert Wong (camera and dark shirt); Dave Friedman (light shirt closest us); Bob Bondurant (profile against Lyons' shirt); Jerry; other recognizable faces I can't put a name to; Peter Bryant (white sweater); Davey Jordan (dark figured sweater); Olivia Motschebacher.

Equally rich views in every directon. Awe-inspiring. Exciting. Affecting.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:40

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Paula Murphy waiting for the approaching presenter.

When I was a young turn worker in Southern California, early 1960s, I had such a crush on her. Pretty, pleasant, fast. Sigh. I found out I'm still too shy to approach her.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:41

I recall Dick Guldstrand got hurt really bad in an Indy Car once. My recollection it was a roadster at Atlanta but that's from memory so I am sure one of the documentarians will tell me I am wrong. Anyway, good to see him alive and well at this late date lol.

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Scooter Patrick drove everything everywhere, couldn't get enough. Definitely an appropriate inductee, and gallant: here he is telling what a racer Paula Murphy was, and how on one occasion Betty Shutes couldn't stand to be back of her as she drove Scooter's RS550 under the bridge at Pomona.