Speaking of Bucky Tribby!!! That car went to Pocono when the 5/8 mile track was the only one there. Hal had raced Lincoln on saturday. They showed up at Pocono sunday morning. The car was dirty. The Pocono officials told them they had to wash the car. My dad and Bucky got a bucket of water and a few rags and cleaned the car. Hampton and his dad mounted 4 pavement tires and was ready to race. To my recollection, they changed the gear and nothing else. When the National Anthem began to play, Bucky whistled like a wild man. The music stopped' and Bucky ran the Rebel flag up the flagpole. They were the only people from south of the Mason Dixon line. As I recall, and I hope Wade or Hal help me on this, Hal was running near the front when the car broke. My dad would tell this story every chance he would get.
Hey Stan!!! Piecing the story together...you got it right...and Hal wore out the first set of pavement tires in warmups, getting sideways on asphalt...they stuck on the second, and only set they had left, tweaked the suspension, and he was leading the race against all the OSWEGO type supers and blew the motor...the story I told above when they had the 302 in it was the very next week at Lincoln when he beat Kenny Weld..That year, 1970, and 1966 when they had the HEMI in it with Jackie Dennison behind the wheel (won like 20+ features), were by far the best years my dad ever had racing. Next time I'm over at dads house, I'll scan some pics of the HEMI and post 'em here...got a few stories about that car as well (involving Abel)
I remember when you guys lived in Middleburg and had the lil go kart track out in front of your house..has some fun there a few times...your dad was a heck of a nice guy. Dad tells the story about whenever anyone needed a part at the track they always looked up your dad, he never came back empty handed..
Dad built a brand new coil over car in 1981 or 1982, pretty radical for those days... and then my uncle, the one that worked with your dad, passed away and they never raced that car. It's 30 years old and hanging in my dad's barn, having never saw the track...he keeps encouraging me to put it back together..we have all the parts, but I'm busy with 5 kids and not so sure it would be competitive these days anyway...hehe
Dad keeps busy these days restoring old cars he has three vettes ('54, '69. '72) a '69 Grand Prix, and two Bonnevilles ('57 and '58)..
I'll give you a ring and we can setup a time to have you over to Dad's house and drum up some memories...