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Trans-Am Race at Laguna Seca Raceway, California October 1971


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Trans-Am Race at Laguna Seca Raceway, California October 1971

Background (such as I recall it): I was actually quite a sports car/race fan, myself. Went to Riverside International Raceway out in Riverside, California to watch the Can-Am and Trans-Am races, and the Motor Trend 500 NASCAR races starting about 1965 or 1966. Jim Hall in a Chaparal, Denny Hulme in a McLaren, Ken Miles in a Cobra 427, like that. Anyway, in October of 1971 I talked Cathy and her middle brother Bobby into going to Laguna Seca Raceway up by Monterey to watch the Trans-Am race. The Trans-Am race was for the U-2.5 half of the series only: Datsun 510s, BMW 2002s, Saabs, Alfa Romeos. But that's what I was interested in, since I drove a pretty heavily-modified Datsun 510 myself. And there was a Formula Vee race also. The U-2.5 Trans-Am race was won by John Morton in a BRE Datsun 510. Ektachrome slides.

Fun Fact: my Datsun dropped first gear getting out of Laguna Seca at the end of the day (wouldn't have had anything to do with too much street racing, I'm sure) so every time we had to come to a full stop Cathy and Bobby would have to get out and push just long enough for me to slip the clutch in second and get the car back underway. Made for an interesting trip home to LA...

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Pit in at Turn Eight

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This might be John Morton in the race-winning BRE Datsun 510

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An Alfa Romeo leads a Datsun 510 down the iconic Laguna Seca Corkscrew

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Formual Vee. bzzz...

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Trans-Am Race at Laguna Seca Raceway, California October 1971


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