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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:24 am 
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Anyone know where I could get a copy of the Bergren/Opperman article from 1986 Open Wheel Mag?

I wish I could have seen this guy race...I've read alot about him over the years...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Probably at The Libary at the Muesuem at EMMR


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:38 pm 
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I have the Open Wheel Magizine. I could scan it for you.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:10 pm 
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I cannot seem to post this Jan opperman for you go to facebook Timothy Longanbach Look in my 80s sprint car photo album. I scanned the Opperman artical for ya!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:05 pm 
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I might have it, I'll look.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:32 pm 
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On the topic of Opperman; in the book "Dialed In" Jan says the only time he punched another man in his racing career happened at Williams Grove when he was crashed by a guy that liked to use the outside car as a cushion. Anyone know who the other driver was?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:57 pm 
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That is a real good book. I "think" he is speaking of K. Weld? I certaintly wouldn't know as that was much before my time...The book talks much of the Weld rivalry...

Wish I could have seen these guy race...

Tim - I can find the article under your facebook. Thanks for your efforts!!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:47 am 
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No,it wasn`t Weld,it was Paul Pitzer that Jan punched.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:03 am 
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Just shows how mad he was cause Pitzer would be one of my last picks to punch. He already looked like a pro boxer with that nose.. :laughing7:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:15 am 
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Jan was a golden gloves boxer in his younger days. :thumbright:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:00 am 
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Buildy wrote:
No,it wasn`t Weld,it was Paul Pitzer that Jan punched.


Thanks Buildy. I didn't think it was Weld. I know the 2 had a heated rivalry but I think they had a mutual respect for one another too. I used to root for Pitzer in the 29 when I was a kid.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:09 am 
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Actually Opp punched Pitzer at Lincoln, not the Grove.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:28 am 
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Mr. Port, you are rite it was one of the midweek 100 lappers that Lincoln ran I think it was sponsored by the Tall Cedars
my brother was helping on the 99 it was close to the half way fuel stop when Paul cut Jan off and made contact
which gave Jan a flat tire and he was in a battle with Kenny for the lead and Paul was already a laps down my
brother said they knew Jan was mad when he got out of the car with his helmet and face shield still on, walked
over to Paul's car and layed him out with one punch and one of Jan's crew said that made him 10 and 0 in fights
Paxton said it didn't last long enough for him to get on the trailer for a better view :cheerleader: :jiggy:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:00 pm 
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Thanks for the info SK11, I was in the stands but I heard by word of mouth that Jan laid Pitzer out. I was a big Jan fan back in the day.


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