White Lightning in the hills of West Virginia
I'm sorry to have missed the opportunity to sample some of Bill
Scott's "White Lighting" @ Summit Point this weekend, especially
since I've heard that Steve Lloyd's presentation about the olden
daze @ Marlboro was a resounding success, not only with us
graybeards, (the ladies, on the other hand, aren't showing any signs
of aging), but also among the younger contingent, many of whom knew
little, if anything about Marlboro.
The New Lavender Hill Mob, (the original members of this forum) had
some discussion of a larger & more permanent web-based archive of
the materials that are surfacing as the result of Steve's efforts &
the occasional features on Marlboro published on www.laprecord.com
I'm guessing that Steve's presentation will cause more materials to
surface which once again raises the question of how best to share
these materials. If any of you have any ideas, please share
them on this forum.
As we approach the off season, I will be doing more features on
www.laprecord.com which will feature some of these materials, but
more are always welcome, so please let either Steve or myself know
if you have any old photos or other materials you care to share. We
have people who will be pleased to scan them & take care to return
them in a timely manner.
I've posted a couple old Volvo pictures from Marlboro in the Tony
a2z photo gallery that I've received over the past year from a
number of sources.
Several of them are pictures of Tony in his 1st race car in which he
was BS Regional Champion. The car was never run in the 12-Hour
There are also a couple pictures from Ron Winneberger from the 12
hour, although I'm not sure what year. Volvo PV544's won the 1st 2
12-hours, & these were taken the year that Smokey Yunick entered a
couple Pontiac Tempests which didn't fare well. I'm thinking 1962,
but I have to check to be sure.
Also there is one from Ron Polimeni, who has passed on several
stories about the car that I hope he will share on this forum.
Both Rons' photos have been used on www.laprecord.com in the past &
will be posted again in the future along with some of their stories.
Many of you will have seen a couple features that were posted using
John Switzer's photos. One of them featured Lotus Cortinas from the
1964 12-Hour. Sadly his camera was dying, so that the right hand
side of the frame faded to black for most of them, but the archive
he sent me is still the coolest & possibly most complete archive of
that race won by Jackie Stewart for Team Lotus. The photos are large
format .tif files, so they lend themselves to cropping, mitigating
the problem with the camera.
I have been meaning to post some of the competition from that
archive & will this off season, no doubt, but I thought I would post
a couple Volvo pictures now, as we seem to have a Volvo theme going
in advance of Tony's appearance @ Road America as a guest of Volvo.
Anyway, I hope this missive sparks some discussion on the forum &
thanx to the contributors. If anyone has any materials to
contribute, please let either Steve or myself know.
Thanx again to Steve Lloyd for all his efforts!
Yr hmbl & obt svt,
- SteveSteve's presentation at Summit Point was a good kick start for the work to be done. I took a few Marlboro odds and ends and some early SCCA paperwork. The 1953 GCR has some funny rules in it. Steve & I laughed at one that said if you are having difficulty passing someone it is OK to use your horn!Bill Scott was talking about his charity to help the neighbors of Summit Point. He pointed out being a good neighbor will help the track stay in place amid the ongoing local development. Knowing how development killed Marlboro (along with a few other problems) this seemed like a good point to expand on in the future.I'm looking forward to helping Steve with LHM & Marlboro history for the region. We were talking about another presentation at the beginning of next season. Steve wants it to be the main focus of an evening at the track and I agree. I think after we get into Dave's archives we will have some good material to work with. I also want to get a couple of vintage race cars out for "visual aids."Regards, Phil Charlwood