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Here is Riverside turn 6 with me driving.
I think this is ’82.


Note the differing contact among the four tires.
The splitter is about twice as far off the ground as static.
Serious acceleration. Serious cornering.

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Grady, I read up on that car back in the day...it was from Northern
Cal. / Bob Garretson (ent.) . Suspensions have come along way since then ! This is my little 914 2.0 turbo in turn 6. I was having a blast that weekend in'77, sorting out the car , and running POC time trials. The Goodyear sign (just out of 6) must have been a great "Photo-op" vantage point...check out the people standing up there ; )
Thx for going thru your archives (we want more) !
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so tell us more about your 2.0 turbo...aftermarket kit?

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Re: Riverside

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This is my car three weeks after the finish of it's restoration. Drove it from Minneapolis to LA - just to drive the track at Riverside in 1985. About 110 deg. heat. Still smile at my the lift and spin at turn 7.

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SJD- the Type 4 914 2.0 turbo system on the black car was the pioneer product of my company MSDSinc. First introduced in May of 1976 and featured in the old rag "VW Greats" 06/76 issue. We built the kits for approx 10 years, and with the onset of 914 six cyl conversions- sales on turbo kits backed off . The systems were not offered after 1986. The stock 2.0 with 8 psi boost made 167 rwhp
I don't want to hijack this thread...but here are a few pix
More reading at the 914club.com board on this turbo kit.
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Marty,
Do I see a MICHELOB beer can in that shot?
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Mark- yeah buddy , Michelob was my brew then and Tequila Sunrises- easier to get the can over the coil
I think the Coil Cover was something that I picked up in my Lions Drag Strip days (in the LBC) and carried over to my road race days. Can't teach an old dog new tricks !
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I never got to see this speedway because I was quite young when it closed. However I will throw out an idea, what if many of the Pelicans pitched in toward some land and we could build our own speedway. California is not something that is short on land, it is just finding an ideal place. Any profits that the track generate from rentals and events could then be redistributed maintenance first and the remainder to all shareholders.

Also, thank you for all the pictures.
SCCA did that. It's called Buttonwillow.

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Ah...another McMansion neighborhood swallows up another racetrack. Didn't they do the same thing to Ontario raceway too?
This is approximately where then Ontario Mills Mall is located. That and some industrial park west of the mall. Irvine raceway is more industrial park. Willow Springs is actually under siege with housing development. At one time, that was about as far out in the boonies as you could get and not be over half way to some place else.

Me coming into turn 7. (Too bad you can't read it, but the script on the nose and on the sidepods says "Andial." I wonder if ArNold, DIeter and ALwin got a kick out of that? I gave them a photo of the kart from the side at Willow, but I think they threw it away. Can't blame 'em.



Some others doing the same.


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Very nice.

I thought that might have been an old racers trick to help with the spark. LOL......
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Milt,

I was CanAm volunteer crew at that IROC race. Somewhere here I have a photo of my 911 amongst the IROC cars with me on passenger side and Mark Donahue on driver’s side. I talked to Penske about what he was going to do with the cars after the race. He said “Keep them for another.” He didn’t realize how badly the 911s would fare with ham-fisted NASCAR racers operating a Porsche 915 shifter. Most, Chuck Stoddard bought and resold for a song by today’s standards.

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Grady, being a lowly paid (damn near volunteer) crew member on a F 5000 team never got me in the driver's seat! Guess I worked for the wrong team. BTW, this was when Brian Redman was king. We had some high times (literally) crossing the country and into Canada racing.
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Wow. I made myself sit upright thinking about that.
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check out www.rmpracing.com some old riverside entrants could not bear to see it disappear.
if you are serious about helping build a new track- this is it!
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Dave,

That looks cool. I can see the shadow of the original Riverside International Raceway. Is/was this part of Castile AFB?

Not quite next door for the SoCal guys but looks like Laguna-Sears-Riverside triangle will be a world class race center. You will just get to know the 5 even better - eight lanes of free parking.

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Dave / Jeremy, when you get a minute put up some of your R-I-R pics. The 911 turbo was one bad mofo
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i don't have a scanner anymore- those pics were WAAAY before digital was even dreamed of!
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Can't resist photos of Riverside. I didn't miss a race there for 5 years in the 70's and early 80's.
Here's one of my old '67 going through 6 in '79 or so.

I was looking for a perfect vantage point so I climbed the sign behind my car in the photo above and took this shot.
Pretty lousy resolution but it was a great place to watch the race.
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i don't have a scanner anymore- those pics were WAAAY before digital was even dreamed of!
Me too. Plus, I have to dig them out first.
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Ohhhhh, how I envy Grady driving - gobs of horsepower and the tires to handle it - and guys like Gibson with that shortwheel based racer - who had the car under them to really experience that track. Tossing the car thru the esses, and that pucker factor going into turn nine with a windshield full of "wall"....

The thrill of that drive lives on in our memorys.

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Went to my first GTP Race there - maybe it was 87.

RIR was on the 60 fwy next to March AFB and the AFB was closed in an early round of DoD base closings - and the track was ripped it our for what is now the Moreno Valley Mall

I have some photos too, but no scanner

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AFAICR this was in the end garage at Riverside in about ’71.
Yes, a 917 has 24 sparkplugs!
This was when my backside was so skinny
I needed a pad to sit on concrete.




This was similar vintage with the 914-6.
Bob Donner (27) and I (71) swapped positions 2-4 times per lap.
We lapped the entire field in a 30 minute race,
Including the RSR in the foreground.
We had the entire paddock standing in the pit rail cheering
the little 2.5 six and the 5.+ twelve.




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