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« on: October 29, 2008, 03:30:10 AM »

Hi, im interested in making a little model of the Ford Galaxie raced at Riverside by Ken Miles.  On this occasion it was Fred Lorenzens Galaxie in november 1963. I have only seen one picture of this car , the one used in the R&T tribute article in 66 which is the same picture in Art Evans book. If anyone has a picture of this particular car i would love to see it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 11:44:57 AM »

I went down to Riverside for 25 straight years (from Sacramento) to see the NASCAR races, beginning with the Golden State 400 in November 1963.  The 500 miler, held in January, was known as the Motor Trend 500 back then, if I remember correctly, and was the 1st NASCAR race of the season for many years.  I still have most all of those race programs, but never recall Miles racing a stock car there.  But it sounds like he must have been there in a Ford if you have a picture and article of his car.  I do remember other sports car drivers there though, such as Dave McDonald and Augie Pabst in '64 Ford Galaxies.  Give me a little time to dig out my race programs to see if I can find a picture of Miles there in a stock car.   

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 03:40:23 PM »

GT350H, thanks for replying, KM apparently rolled the car over in practice but according to Art Evans excellent book finished the race in 11th,
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 03:47:38 PM »

Here is the only picture I could find of miles in my Riverside programs.



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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 03:54:56 PM »

Here's the lineup for the 1963 Golden State 400.  Miles was in car #281.  Note the driver of car #211.



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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 04:06:54 PM »

Thanks for searching through all your programs, cool picture. Bet you saw some great races, especially with Dave MacDonald competing.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 04:39:08 PM »

I sure did see a lot of great races and a lot of racing history being made.  Too bad we spent so much time drunk and partying to realize it at the time, but Riverside's infield was one big party the night before the 500.  I have the entire story on that race scanned, but don't know if I can make it readable with the allowed attachment size.  Anyhow, Miles was relieved by Lorenzen after 32 laps, supposedly due to a leg cramp, and Dave MacDonald almost won the race.  MacDonald lost all but 3rd gear near the end of the race (his 1st stock car race!) and Darel Dieringer passed and lapped him near the end.  MacDonald still finished 2nd!  Attached is some pictures of that race.  I went to that race with a friend in his brand new '63 Fairlane HiPo 289.  It was one of the first HiPo's put out by Ford at the time, and so new that it didn't even have a 4-speed, but a 3-speed column shift.  And the following January, 1964, I'll never forget sitting in the turn 6 grandstands, with the same friend, on a Friday afternoon, watching Dave MacDonald and Augie Pabst taking numerous hotlaps together, nose to tail in '64 Galaxies, practicing for the Motor Trend 500.  MacDonald would be killed the following May.     



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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 05:02:39 PM »

As it happens, I sent Rick some shots of Dave at Riverside in 1964. He raced a Bill Stroppe Marauder at the 1964 Motor Trend 500. Perhaps he can post them here? Or I can forward them to someone else who can post them.  Macdonald wore his "Cobra" helmet in that race.

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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 07:38:01 PM »

You are correct.  I just checked another Riverside program and it shows that MacDonald finished the 1964 Motor Trend 500 in 24th position in a 1964 Mercury (#14).  Time of the race: 5 hours, 28 minutes, 47 seconds.  I'd like to see today's drivers try to stay awake that long on a road course like Riverside.  I remember those January races taking so long some years that they would finish almost in the dark, due to the desert fog rolling in.

Attached is what looks like a rare Yamaha ad featuring a Daytona Coupe that I just came across in the January 1966 Riverside program.



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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2008, 01:55:22 AM »

Thanks for the stories.  I note in Art Evans book it states that when Lorenzen took over the car during the race Miles was in 6th.

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