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  • Stephen Lloyd
    Apr 11, 2012
      The Stopwatcher was truly a blessing for all of us "back in the day" and you couldn't ask for nicer people than the Shentons. When I first became Historian for the DC Region SCCA, one of their Board, Chuck Allard, loaned be a Xerox paper box filled with Stopwatchers from the early days until its end. I only had a few weeks to peruse them and had to return them (via Chuck). I will check to see if Chuck remembers who loaned them to us. Michael may be a little disappointed as the Stopwatcher depended almost entirely on volunteer writers. Hence, not every race got covered, and some of the coverage they did receive was minimal, at best. Still, the Stopwatcher was unequaled in its coverage of the sports car scene in the DC area.
      Steve lloyd, Historian
      Washington Dc Region, SCCA

      From: MIchael Ling <mikeling@...>
      To: Marlboro_Raceway@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:01 PM
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] List of "All" Marlboro Events

      What I really crave are Ev Gardner's columns.  Those I sorely miss.  Are there collections of his columns? If so, these should be republished in bound volumes.  Shouldn't his columns be in some sort of an archive? am I the first one to broach this concern?
                                                                                                                                                                      &a mp;n bsp;    Michael Ling

      From: Bob <bstorck@...>
      To: Marlboro_Raceway@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, April 11, 2012 7:11:02 AM
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] List of "All" Marlboro Events

      Others have mentioned details of Stopwatcher, but more than anything it was the heart and soul of the DC/Baltimore area's remarkably active gymkhana, autocross and rally activities. Actually, I'd go so far as saying that they were the reason for the robustness of the sport, and the glue that kept 20 or more clubs together. I bought my first Daimler and the ex-Tweedale 6 hour winning Lola 1100 Sports from Stopwatcher classifieds.

      It was the labor of love of editor Bob and "den mother" Ruth Shenton. Remarkably, they managed it all without even a fax machine from their Bethesda home, supported by the long suffering printer, Johnny Williams. I can't believe that it came out weekly with all appropriate sporting car news for $10-12 annually. Bob often referred to his and the crop of scribe's generous remuneration as being on par with any church ushers.

      They featured pundits like Dewitt Boyd and other local stalwarts whose regularity made them familiar. It was the only way you could keep up with with the local rumors, autocross association politics, new possible race courses (I recall half a dozen) and the usually neglected Pennsylvania Hillclimb action.

      A couple bits of trivia. Ruth attended the 1953(?) USGP at the Glen, and was the raffle winner ... a just introduced Corvette! Also, a U of Maryland student found that he could buy tires wholesale, and flog them to fellow students out of his dorm. The only place he advertised was in the Stopwatcher, and he found a ready crop of buyers. Before long, he'd driven out his dorm mates with the stacks of tires, and had taken over an adjacent apartment before the Terrapin officials drove him out. Tom Pumpelly had to get a store front, and National Tire Wholesaler became official.

      They should be remembered fondly.

      Cheers, Bob

      On 4/11/2012 3:31 AM, Terry Oneil wrote:
      Please excuse my ignorance, but what is Stopwatcher? Was it a Regional publication like Straightpipe? If so which region published it.
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      From: Bob
      Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 3:50 AM
      Subject: Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] List of "All" Marlboro Events

      This is a great effort, and we're all in your debt. Thank you.

      If anyone has access to the files from the Stopwatcher, we'd get more info on the races, and especially autocrosses and Solo 1 events. I participated in several, not only ones put on by SCCA.

      Cheers, Bob

      On 4/10/2012 7:33 PM, Mike Matune wrote:
      Some time ago, the idea of compiling a list of all events held at Marlboro was made. Attached is a first draft of such a list. As you can see, it is still very much a work in progress with numerous holes to be filled. We ask that you look through it and see what information you may hold that will help us complete the list. We will take it in whatever form is convenient.
      Numerous members contributed to this draft including Steve Knoll and Steve Lloyd. Special mention must be made of the work that Terry O'Neil and Larry Jendras did in not only supplying information, but also in continuingly reviewing the many versions and in answering innumerable questions. Thanks to all.
      To initiate the list we started with a list of events Terry O'Neil had developed for his upcoming book on Sports Car Racing in the Mid-Atlantic area. To this we added Steve Knoll's inventory of Bill Dobbins photos and an event schedule from a 1964 Race Program. From there it was a matter of combining information from  a number of period publications and introducing Larry Jendras' excellent work on the non-Sports Car events.
      Thanks to all who have and will contribute.
      Take care,
      Mike Matune

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