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  • Ed Diehl
    Aug 14, 2009
      Please, Bob. Correction: I was never married to Pinkie.. We were very close but never tied the knot. Also , I do not know where she went later. Fun reading about all the DC area antics. Thanks and Cheers , Ed.

      Ed Diehl

      --- On Fri, 8/14/09, Robert Hines <racerbob4@...> wrote:

      From: Robert Hines <racerbob4@...>
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Marlboro Bus Service (Gifford's)
      To: Marlboro_Raceway@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, August 14, 2009, 9:37 AM


      Dr. Tompson is alive but not that well and livng in Florida with his second wife.  Dick Lord died many years ago, probably something like 20 years at least.  Pinky was married at least 5 times, once to Reed Rollo and once to Eddie Diehl and then she disappeared from the scene.  I last saw Steve Spitler about 25 years ago when he was taking pictures at the new track, since 1970, Summit Point.  Art Tweedale is also gone but I dont know for how long. 

      From: Erskine Kelly <erkelly2@cox. net>
      To: Marlboro_Raceway@ yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:18:36 PM
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Marlboro Bus Service (Gifford's)


      You guys (and gal) are making me feel old.

      I am new to Facebook, and am still groping for some kind of logic to its structure of communications.

      Any suggestions for good instruction sources will be welcome.

      Briefly, I competed in the DC Region from 1956 to the first half of 1957.

      I more or less owned Motor Imports, Ltd. in Rockville, MD, and Frank Baptista was my service manager.  We sold  Dave Rpethel his first sports car (a TR-3 or 4).  Charlie Kolb was a close friend of our group as was the likes of Dick Lord, George Bull, Steve Spitler and Arthur Tweedale.  Chuck Wallace was my instructor during my novice period.  (Scary first ride with him - in spite of confidence in his competence).

      I moved to Oklahoma in August 1957 to get academic credentials at the University of Oklahoma so that I could return to MIT.  But I chose to stay in Oklahoma.  It was more compatible with my type-B personality.

      I can state without question that my times with SCCA in DC were among the best and happiest of my life.  

      To stay "on topic", my favorite memories of places at this time included the Toddle House between Bethesda and Rockville - pancakes soaked in butter, with some (real) maple syrup, after midnight, after a concert at the Library of Congress or elsewhere.  [Coincidence - the owner of the franchise was from Oklahoma City!]  And my favorite restaurant was The Occidental, on Pennsylvania near the Treasury Department.  The Colony, upstairs, across the street from the Mayfair Hotel was better, but very "formal".  My first wife and I had dinner at the Colony with Veep Dick Nixon, Chief Justice Earl Warren and Gov. Carl Knight (sic?) of California.  [They were at a separate table - the only reason I noticed was when the secret service wandered through the restaurant to check for security - fortunately, they didn't know that I was {and still am} a liberal Democrat.]  My soon to be wife was more impressed than I was.

      And then there was a small beer joint on the road between Marlboro and DC.  After-practice gatherings there were always fun - except for my first day there when Dr. Murphy had a fatal accident.  We didn't know the outcome, but it was my first day as a novice at Marlboro, and I was one of the ~six who lifted the upside-down Jaguar [without roll-bar] off of the driver.  Fortunately I was on the bottom side of the car - I could tell from the expressions of the other workers that I did not want to see the other side, so I returned to the pits.  [The accident happened at the first chicane from the oval.]  From what I saw of the expressions of the workers on the other side of the car, there was no question that Doc Murphy was a fatality.  I stayed out of the discussion at the beer joint.  After all, I was the novice in the group, and did not feel that I had much to contribute to the conversation.  Jim Robinson seemed to be the leader in the discussion - with no point or resolution - I stayed focused on my beer.

      {My research showed that Doc Murphy was widowed when his wife died during the birth of their twins.  According to others, he was, at best, squirrelly as a driver, and Dick Thompson warned a friend not to ride with Dr. Murphy during the novice training.} 

      As for me, I realized that racing was fun, but could be dangerous or fatal.

      Back to "topic".  The Occidental should not be confused with the current restaurant by that name in the same location.  They purchased the considerable collection of autographed photographs of politicians of the original [considered one of the ten best restaurants in the U.S. for many years], but the present occupant is excellent, but nothing at all like the original.

      - - - -

      One memory I have cherished was a "drag-race' from a stop-light after a monthly meeting of the DC Region.  Someone with a new "hot" Ford Thunderturd saw my station-wagon tow-car, white with blue stripes, ala Cunningham, and revved his engine at me at a stop-light.  I left him in the dust when the light turned green.  My wagon was a Plymouth with a stick-shift hooked up to a hot Chrysler 300 hemi-head.  For those of you old enough to remember the original T-Bird, it had the speed and capacity of a new-born elephant.  Pretty, but no contest against the Chevy  Corvettes - or MGs for that matter.

      - - - -

      At 77, am I the last of the originals (minor league) compared to Dick (and Sarah) Thompson, Chuck Wallace, Fred and Pinky Windridge (they divorced - who did she marry from Ohio [?]), Jim and Cindy Robinson, Steve Spitler, George Bull, and Dick Lord?

      I am especially interested in details, dates, etc., regarding Dick Lord.

      A new Topic?

      Rick Kelly
      Oklahoma City 

      On Aug 13, 2009, at 7:10 PM, toyphil@aol. com wrote:

      I recall there was a pony ride pretty close to there also.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Stacey Hopkins <3gowaving@gmail. com>
      To: Marlboro_Raceway@ yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Thu, Aug 13, 2009 4:53 pm
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Marlboro Bus Service (Gifford's)

      Me too! We'd eat ice cream and Dad would tell stories of landing planes there when it was an airfield.

      On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 3:55 PM, <toyphil@aol. com> wrote:

      I remember the one at Baily's Crossroad's. Birthday ice cream parties and ice cream yule log at Christmas.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Stacey Hopkins <3gowaving@gmail. com>
      To: Marlboro_Raceway@ yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Tue, Aug 11, 2009 8:39 am
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Marlboro Bus Service

      Wow--Gifford' s! So funny you should mention that. I was thinking of Gifford's the other day. My dad used to take us to Gifford's all the time. He loved the place. A real ice-cream parlor, very nice inside, and the best ice cream. Dad was really upset when they went out of business.

      On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM, Stephen Lloyd <slloydmarlboro@ yahoo.com> wrote:

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