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The Grove-the 60's

Post by old racer » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:58 pm

I remember the drivers and the cars. I don't know the exact year. Help me out :thinking:
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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by bubbano1 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:30 pm

i know junior ritchey is 1963 ( maybe rest are to but i don,t know)

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Post by bubbano1 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:35 pm

george blackwell really is george brackbill

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by 1080 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:15 pm

Ritchey and Paxton are 1963 I believe....others are 1964.
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Post by supertc88 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:09 am

NICE pictures! :thumbright:
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Post by GOSHOW » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:52 am

:yessss: :clap:

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by 60s Fan » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:43 am

Thanks for posting, nice pictures. :yessss: :yessss:

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by dirty race boy » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:21 am

Nice pics :clap:

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by Popboon » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:33 pm

And, Funk is really Funck.

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by RT88 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:03 pm

Yep, they are 1963 photos. The Pete Lenker is interesting. Lenker drove the light blue No. 30 during 1963. The No. 18, as seen in the photo, is from western PA. Lenker picked up that ride late in the year.

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by 60s Fan » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:44 pm

I question the F9 for 1963. According to volume II of High Point Men, written by Bob Seiber, it states the McClure Motor Company Ford, new # 15 was completed on July of 1963. It also states that Frankie Thompson won his first race in the car on September 7th 1963. He also won the Port Royal speedway track champion ship in 1963. I believe the #15 was sold to Bryan Osgood, I remember him wining one feature in the car at Williams Grove. The car was yellow with either #9 or 09. He sold the car and it became the F9.
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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by EZ49 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:33 am

The 18, Pete Lenker car is the former John Cragan "Flying Shoe" that John raced at South Penn, Hesston, Roseland and Fort Ashby. John's son, Charlie, went on to be one of the great dirt and asphalt late model drivers of all time...
RT88 wrote:Yep, they are 1963 photos. The Pete Lenker is interesting. Lenker drove the light blue No. 30 during 1963. The No. 18, as seen in the photo, is from western PA. Lenker picked up that ride late in the year.

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Post by Mr. Port » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:29 am

EZ49 wrote:The 18, Pete Lenker car is the former John Cragan "Flying Shoe" that John raced at South Penn, Hesston, Roseland and Fort Ashby. John's son, Charlie, went on to be one of the great dirt and asphalt late model drivers of all time...
RT88 wrote:Yep, they are 1963 photos. The Pete Lenker is interesting. Lenker drove the light blue No. 30 during 1963. The No. 18, as seen in the photo, is from western PA. Lenker picked up that ride late in the year.
Eric, where were roseland and Fort Ashby located? I never heard of those tracks.

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by EZ49 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:07 am

Roseland Speedway was located just west of Frostburg Md in eastern Garrett County. After the second Frostburg exit on 68 going west is the Finzel Md exit. The track is just north on Pocahontas Road and it's still there.

Fort Ashby WVa is south of Cumberland and raced under the name Potomac Valley Speedway. The track was is the middle of town, like Port Royal, as is still there too. Both tracks raced for only a few years in the late 50's to mid 60's. Roseland sorta faded away and it looks the last racing event there around 1970 was a motorcycle race.

The flagman at Fort Ashby was run over and killed around 1964/65 and the track never really recovered from that and closed soon after. Many of the Bedford, South Penn and Jennerstown drivers raced at these speedways along with the West Virginia group of racers from Pennsboro, Morgantown and Elkins...
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EZ49 wrote:The 18, Pete Lenker car is the former John Cragan "Flying Shoe" that John raced at South Penn, Hesston, Roseland and Fort Ashby. John's son, Charlie, went on to be one of the great dirt and asphalt late model drivers of all time...
RT88 wrote:Yep, they are 1963 photos. The Pete Lenker is interesting. Lenker drove the light blue No. 30 during 1963. The No. 18, as seen in the photo, is from western PA. Lenker picked up that ride late in the year.
Eric, where were roseland and Fort Ashby located? I never heard of those tracks.

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Re: The Grove-the 60's

Post by Mr. Port » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:37 am

Great history, thanks.

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