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Nascar’s hall of fame… hmmm, ponder this: Smokey Yunick will never get in, and Danica Patrick – who never won a race, probably will

June 22nd, 2018 by admin

He was a great influence on Nascar.
She is a great influence on fans.

He won races as a mechanic, a crew chief, engineer, and team owner.
She brought a new generation of fans to the races, and helped extend the profitable age of Nascar racing. She never had a top 5 finish, in 191 races.

He pissed of the France family in perpetuity
She led laps in the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500, the only woman to do so. Simply, there aren’t many women who have ever raced in either. Danica crashed out in both. Never lived up to the hype.

But no one brought more eyeballs to the sport in the last 7 years. She was featured prominently in all Nascar marketing they could use her image in. Not because she won, or competed fiercely.

So, if I were a gambler, I’d say that she’s going to the Nascar Hall of Fame before Smokey

She was great for the sport’s profits. That’s the only reason the Nascar exists. Profits.

Banjo Matthews, Humpy Wheeler, Bill Rexford, haven’t gotten in yet

Ken Squier is in already. Who the hell is he? Don’t know, don’t care. The point is, he’s in, and Smokey isn’t. Banjo isn’t. Humpy isn’t. Get what I’m saying. The fix is in.

It’s a hall of FAME and not of merit. So, is there any reason to be upset? Probably not.

the NASCAR Hall of Fame has a voting panel of 53 people, they induct five people per year.

Autoweek article June 18 2018 issue, page 46

For a more technical look at some of the nominees:

• From the 1950 Southern 500 to still racing at age 90, Hershel McGriff exhibited a competitive passion that lasted longer than any driver in NASCAR history.

• With nine NASCAR championships to his name, Mike Stefanik remains one of the greatest to ever drive in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

• No one is quite sure how many times Larry Phillips won, but a crew chief estimated he won 1,000 times; maybe 2,000. That’s a lot of Victory Lane celebrations.

• Ray Fox not only served in the U.S. Army during World War II, his strong mechanical work on engines led several drivers, such as Junior Johnson, to big wins.

• Known as NASCAR’s Ironman for more than a decade, Ricky Rudd held the premier series record for consecutive starts (788) until 2015.

• Known as a master motivator, Joe Gibbs’ 150-plus premier series owner wins and four premier series titles rank among the sport’s most elite company.

• For Massachusetts native Ralph Moody, it all started with a Model T Ford he built in 1935 and raced on nights and weekends.

• John Holman was considered the mastermind salesman and business manager of the famed Holman-Moody ownership duo.

Roy Rogers, 1958 magazine cover photo on a Harley, and an Indian in 1946

April 6th, 2018 by admin

Roy Rogers rode out to Hollywood in the early 30’s on a motorcycle when times were bad and transportation costs were high. He took a liking to the sport, riding his Indian until World War II. Out of the saddle for 16 years his last bike was a 74 cubic inch Harley-Davidson.

It’s too bad he lived so long before me, I’d have liked to have met him. I bet he was one hell of a nice guy.

Thanks Steve!

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Roy Rogers, 1958 magazine cover photo on a Harley, and an Indian in 1946

Susie Wolfe wonders about women in F1’s future

August 7th, 2015 by admin

When will a woman race again in F1? It’s a bold question to ask on the cover of AUTOSPORT – and a strong statement from the Editor Edd Straw to dedicate this special issue to women in motorsport. Kudos to him for doing so and thank you, Edd, for the opportunity to guest edit the magazine.

The way I look at it, our sport is just one small part of the wider story of female participation in all sports. There is momentum behind women’s sport right now – just look at the success of the recent Women’s World Cup in Canada – and there is no doubt that times are changing in motorsport, too.

In the past, we have seen pioneers like Divina Galica and Lella Lombardi, who were trailblazers for women in Formula One. In my role as test driver with Williams, I am on the verge of breaking through the glass ceiling. But the sustainable progress will be made when it is no longer unusual to see women racing and winning in motorsport.

Ultimately, it all comes down to opportunity – giving talented girls the chance to prove themselves in the lower categories. There’s no question that, as a woman, you have to work harder to earn the respect initially, as there is the slight doubt from many people that you’re capable. But once you do that, it’s all about performance – and in motorsport, performance is power. The stopwatch doesn’t see gender, race or any other factor; it just says whether you’re quick or slow. And that’s what you’re judged on.

When I look at the steps I have taken in my career, they have been all about getting a foot in the door and grasping that opportunity. My time in DTM started with a chance to test the Mercedes car – from there, I got a race seat, learned German and immersed myself in the programme. With the machinery at my disposal, I did a solid job.

It was the same with Williams: my gender opened the door to test the car, but it was my performance that justified my continued involvement. I’ll never forget the Young Driver test at Silverstone in 2013, when the engineers couldn’t put together a definitive run plan for me because they didn’t know how many laps I could manage. So I prepared well, did my training and completed the full day.

Of course, there is a physiological aspect to the debate, because on average women have 30 per cent less muscle than men. But I did a full race distance in the pre-season test in Barcelona and showed it could be done. I am 100 per cent convinced that there is no physical impediment to women racing in F1. Now, I am right on the cusp of breaking onto that starting grid. I can’t speak highly enough of Williams and my experience working with them, beginning with Sir Frank and Claire and going all the way through the company. It’s a team that knows about grasping opportunities and making your own luck – that racing spirit runs through the whole place and it’s something I’ve drawn on many times.

I make no apology for having used gender as a USP in my career. Why should a woman deny her femininity just to conform with the expectations of the racing world? I’m a woman, I drive racing cars and if there’s an advantage in terms of finding sponsorship or support, then I will make the most of it. That’s what racing is all about: finding competitive advantage and exploiting it. That can open new doors for me and other female racers, which is great. But then we have to stand or fall based on our ability.

I am realistic about where I find myself right now. Unless the rules change to make it easier for less experienced drivers to test and get themselves on the grid, it will be hard to make the next step. But if I can’t be the woman to break through the glass ceiling, then I want to be involved in making it happen for the person who does. When I began racing, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of being a role model, because I still had everything to prove as a driver. Now, social media connects me with people around the world and the positive response is amazing. There are little girls in onesies who want to be F1 drivers “like Susie Wolff” and young women hunting for career opportunities in engineering schemes with F1 teams.

I feel I have a responsibility to pass on the lessons I have learned, to help young women avoid some of my mistakes and to provide inspiration for them to chase the same dream. Female participation in F1 is changing mindsets in a positive way. The more little girls and young women start racing, the more opportunities they will have at the top level. We need to make sure girls know motorsport is an option for them. When I feel the time is right, I want to dedicate my energies to a project that can attract young women to the sport and help open doors for them. But it’s early days yet.

We all have a duty to nurture our sport. It has given us so much and we have to put something back to help it evolve in a positive way. In the long term, a more diverse sport will be even richer, healthier and more competitive than it is today.

We need to encourage participation and make opportunities happen for the young drivers and engineers who are the future of motorsport – and that includes the women who make up 50% of the population. It’s great that AUTOSPORT recognises that need as well.

Pullman (the train car company) bodied 1926 Packard Eight Sport

May 13th, 2014 by admin

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