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#1 island

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Posted 13 April 2000 - 01:37

Hi!
A road racer. USRRC/Can-Am/Trans-Am Champion.
He could race with Jackie Ickx at Montjuich
in 1973. Did he ever try Indy 500?

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#2 Dave Ware

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Posted 13 April 2000 - 01:52

1969 - started 27th, retired, classified 27th.
1970 - started 31st, retired, classified 21st.
1971 - started 15th, retired, classified 29th.

Also won the Pheonix USAC race in '69, driving a car that I believe had a stock block Chevy engine.

Won a couple of F5000 races in 1970 with a Ford powered Lotus 70. St. Jovite and another.

Finished third at Le Mans in the early eighties, driving with John Morton (of Trans Am 2.5 fame, Horst Kwech's nemises) and Elliott Forbes Robinson, who is still racing sports cars.

Yes, very versitle, and very accomplished at an age when many drivers are getting beaten by the younger guys. As stock car driver Harry Gant says: "A race car doesn't know how old you are."

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#3 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 April 2000 - 03:33

Elliott Forbes-Robinson? Seems I've heard that name before somewhere.... oh yes, ran 14th in the 1947 Australian Grand Prix. Was racing tin tops in the States in the sixties.
Surely this is his son we're talking about now?

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#4 Dennis David

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Posted 13 April 2000 - 08:19

George races in Vintage events and from what I've seen he and Brian Redman can pretty much call their shots.

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#5 buddyt

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Posted 13 April 2000 - 08:37

Geroge also drove in Nascar in the mid seventies in a Bud Moore Thunderbird. Bud Moore was a world war two vet and I think he earned the Silver Star. I know the press has referred to him a hero of WW2.

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#6 Don Capps

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Posted 13 April 2000 - 09:12

I'm not sure if Bud Moore had a Silver Star (I think he did), but he had several Bronze Stars for Valor and most importantly, the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was a GI who saw a goodly amount of action.

Don't forget that Follmer caught everyone's attention when he campaigned that wonderful hybrid of a car, the Lotus 23-Porsche to the the USRRC Championship in 1965. He captured the first round OVERALL at Pensacola and managed to hold off Jim Hall down to the wire. This was the last time that the Under 2-Litres cars were given equal points for their class win as the Big 'uns. I saw him at least twice that year in the Lotus and it was pretty neat, even for a huge Chaparral fan like me.

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#7 AAA-Eagle

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 23:14

Today (already being January, 27 as CET), is George Follmer's 80th Birthday!!!  :up:

Let's wish George to have a great B-day party and many many happy returns of the day!!! :smoking:



#8 JacnGille

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 00:32

Today (already being January, 27 as CET), is George Follmer's 80th Birthday!!!  :up:

Let's wish George to have a great B-day party and many many happy returns of the day!!! :smoking:

:up:



#9 Marc Sproule

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:19

Unfortunately due to the recent "updates" to flickr my computer is now obsolete and I can't add to my images on flickr.

 

I do however have a cfew of images of GF in my F5000  and IMSA sets.....

 

 

 

All my sets......

 

http://www.flickr.co...681980@N03/sets

 

I hope to be getting a new computer soon and when that happens I'll get back to scanning with a vengeance and more GF will be appearing on screen.



#10 AAA-Eagle

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 21:09

Thank you Marc for sharing these great moments!!! :up:

 

Especially I like the portraits, namely of the late Graham Hill, Paul Newman, young Gilles Villeneuve and Gene Felton. Also I do like the panning shot of Danny Ongais, classic photos of Teo Fabi testing March 82G at Languna Seca and Price Cobb in Jaguar XJR-9 during 1989 Daytona 24 Hours.

 

So that would be really great to see more of your pictures, incl. the ones with George Follmer.
 



#11 Marc Sproule

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 06:01

AAA:

 

Thank you. I still have many thousands of images I would like to show the world.

 

As I said above. new images won't be appearing until I get another, more modern, computer up and running.

 

Not gonna be soon enough for my taste.

 

ps

 

Didn't realize that when I posted the links to my sets it would show up as a slideshow. Not what I wanted. Didn't know that latest "update" to flickr would show up that way.


Edited by Marc Sproule, 28 January 2014 - 06:02.


#12 jj2728

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 21:53

Giving my father the 'stare' Mid-Ohio 1974

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