Posted on: November 2, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged
By: Donald Davidson
Mario Andretti, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart and Sid Collins
Tagged as: graham hill, IMS, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, jackie stewart, Mario Andretti, racing blog, Sid Collins
There are 10 comments for this post.
Nice shot from when gentlemen were gentlemen. These fellows were champions and dressed and acted the part.
It’s always interesting to see which drivers these days choose to wear a proper coat and tie to the victory banquet and which ones look as though they just threw on whatever was in their closet (and then wonder why they can’t attract a sponsor)…
Neat Pic of Mario, Graham, Jackie and Sid. I agree those guys were all class acts. I also see a photo of A.J. Foyt winning in 1961. I attended that race and it was a classic battle between A.J. and the late Eddie Sachs(memorium, 1964). Those guys were real American race drivers in their day. That was one race I still have distinct memories!
Donald, the reason the three are together: This had to have been at the 1967 banquet, and Mario, Graham and Jackie were the new inductees, having all led their first race in 1966.
This pic is back in the day when the owners PAID the drivers just to drive their car. Drivers didnt have to “bring money” to get a ride. They were chosen by the owners and paid to drive their race cars due to their talent. AND..that..race fans, is why the best drivers around were at Indianapolis and not just the drivers who cud bring the most money or biggest sponsor like today. They really were the best of the best! Notice the cars of the past rarely had the big time sponsors but carried the name s of the owner or the owners business etc. ..ie Dean Van Lines, Hopkins Spc, Zink Spc., Leader Card, etc. There was the Bowes Seal fast, Bardahl, and other large companies BUT the drivers were still paid to drive the cars plus usually 40% of the purse.
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