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Johnny Crawford

Post by High in the first turn » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:21 pm

The George Renninger thread was going in the Johnny Crawford direction so I thought I would start another thread. I was lucky enough to have Johnny's family lend me their considerable collection to scan. Here is some of it. Some I've posted before, some new.

As usual any and all comments are welcome.

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I'll start with Johnny's last ride in his son in laws sprinter.
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Here is Johnny showing up with his driving suit and helmet in a shopping bag.
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Here is the bag with a note that was tucked in all the books and pictures.
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Did I tell you how honored I was to borrow this collection.

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This car belonged to Joe Borich of Sunbury. Joes son, Joe later won a sprint Car championship at Selinsgrove.
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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by uncle geek » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:41 pm

:thumbleft: :clap: :thumbright:
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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by Mr. Port » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:56 pm

Great photos, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by supertc88 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:57 pm

NICE pictures! :thumbright:
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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by Shover52 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:21 pm

One of the best drivers and best racing families in sprint car racing.

Johnny, Johnny Jr., Billy, the Andersons

Like NASCAR's Allison family, only better; and from Bloomsburg!

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by ezstreet » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:38 pm

Thanks for posting!

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by GOSHOW » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:52 am

Fantastic photos. :clap: :clap: :clap: Right around the time I was a know it all kid helping pack wheel bearings and pull motors on theTrone car. Although I don't remember Johnny driving, George Weaver was the driver. My best memories of Johnny were in the Red #3.

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by pwf46 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:47 am

Is the white #96 modified on the back of the truck the old Johnny Lux #39 ? After Jackie Evans was killed at Reading in the Johnny Lux #77, Mr. Lux returned to racing with a maroon #39 which looks very much like the white #96.

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by Double D Fan » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:10 am

:bdf: WOW! Fantastic Photos! :clap: John was always one of those drivers that could hop into just about any racecar, and make it GO!

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by Bentnerfbar » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:53 am

The blue 43 was housed about a 1/2 mile from where I grew up. I don't remember Johnny driving this car, Walt Specht was the driver I remember most. Wilmer Kratzer was the owner and my uncle worked on the car. Later on my uncle became a car owner with drivers Billy Shipman and Check Adams driving the car.

I can tell you RT 522 in the town of Kreamer turned into a drag strip about midnight on most Saturday nights in the summer. All those great muscle cars sounded so good to a motor head kid.

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by bskarter4 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:29 pm

Bentnerfbar wrote:The blue 43 was housed about a 1/2 mile from where I grew up. I don't remember Johnny driving this car, Walt Specht was the driver I remember most. Wilmer Kratzer was the owner and my uncle worked on the car. Later on my uncle became a car owner with drivers Billy Shipman and Check Adams driving the car.
Can I ask who your uncle was? My think my dad worked on this car as well. He also was part owner of another car Walt drove in the era (#89).

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by Bentnerfbar » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:37 pm

My uncle is Dale Walter from Northumberland.

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by oldtimeracer » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:17 pm

Bentnerfbar wrote:The blue 43 was housed about a 1/2 mile from where I grew up. I don't remember Johnny driving this car, Walt Specht was the driver I remember most. Wilmer Kratzer was the owner and my uncle worked on the car. Later on my uncle became a car owner with drivers Billy Shipman and Check Adams driving the car.

I can tell you RT 522 in the town of Kreamer turned into a drag strip about midnight on most Saturday nights in the summer. All those great muscle cars sounded so good to a motor head kid.

Here is another pic of the famous 43 from Kreamer. I think I posted before.

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Being from Kreamer myself. Here is another Kreamer resident.

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by supertc88 » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:15 pm

NICE ones! :thumbright:
Central PA - Home of the PA POSSE and the Best Dirt Track Racin' in America!

SAVE Our Farmland, Forrests and Dirt Tracks!

Freedom Is NOT Free!

RIP Billy Kimmel - Gone but not forgotten!

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Re: Johnny Crawford

Post by old racer » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:33 pm

Fantastic :yessss:

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