Articles tagged Lee Petty

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No Lunch With... Richard Petty

A quiet superman who doesn’t brag about his 200 NASCAR wins, his seven championships or his charity work for disabled childrenWriter Simon Taylor | Photographer Jessica Milligan The great perk of this job is the privilege of getting to know, often quite well, so many talented, single-minded people who have carved out great careers in the cockpit, at the drawing board or in the pits. In doing so...

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The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan boys and the first Daytona 500

John Havick Folk are swift to complain when post-race protests lace a Grand Prix paddock with doubt and delay confirmation of the result until long after the last spectators have left. Spare a thought, then, for those who witnessed a thrilling photo finish to the inaugural Daytona 500, in 1959, and left thinking Johnny Beauchamp had just pipped Lee Petty. It took NASCAR patriarch Bill France...

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1950s

Italian pride shines bright at the start of a new World Championship, but 10 years later the British turn F1 on its head – and back to frontBy Doug Nye GiovanBattista Guidotti was a jovial, charming old gentleman. He was a racer right from his toecaps to his fingertips. But he came from a different era. Before World War II he had been a mechanic, tester, and eventually capo collaudatore – chief...

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Next stop President?

When Richard Petty started his NASCAR career, Mike Hawthorn was vying for the F1 World Championship. This year, he'll finally retire from driving to concentrate on. . . well, who knows? "When I first started racing, it was a real redneck situation. You did not dare bring your wife or girlfriend because half the people were drunk and the rest were fighting!" Stock car racing has come a long way...

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International News

A Sprint In Hong Kong The Motor Sports Club of Hong Kong staged a speed trial on March 17th over a standing kilometre. The event was held on the runway of an airstrip in the New Territories -- the part of the Colony on the mainland which is leased from China. The strip is built along a valley in country reminiscent of North Wales but the paddy fields around the perimeter quickly dispel the...

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American comment

Britain's David Hobbs clinched the L & M Continental 5000 Championship on August 1st at Edmonton, Canada, with his fourth victory of the series out of six starts. The former JW and Team Surtees driver earned his first major North American crown at the wheel of the Carl Hogan McLaren M10B powered by a Traco-built 5-litre Chevrolet, and his latest win gave him a total of 95 points, 40 more than...

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Fathers, sons and brothers

- is the younger always the better? Nobody would question that the qualities required to make a success in a sport such as motor racing, at the top level, are pretty much the same as those required to make a name in other demanding sports. Keen judgement, quick reflexes, above average eyesight and co-ordination, balance and competitive spirit are necessary for a successful participation, whether...

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An American banking dynasty

This year will mark the 50th running of the Daytona 500, a race that has grown beyond even the ambitions of its founder and promoter ‘Big Bill’ France. By Gordon Kirby Through most of 1958, ‘Big Bill’ France worked flat-out to build his long-planned dream of a race track called the Daytona International Speedway. France spent more than five years trying to pull together the support and finance to...

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