1960 DAYTONA 500
1960 SOUTHERN 500
Petty fans especially, can now enjoy more nostalgic racing from
the early days of NASCAR on a new 47-minute DVD from Rare Sportsfilms!
The exciting 1960 Daytona 500 plus the historic 1960 Southern
500 at Darlington are now both available on one high-quality,
story of this second annual Daytona 500 is told through the
eyes of the Petty team, shown at work in the modest garage behind
father Lee's home in North Carolina. You'll enjoy the beautiful
COLOR closeup shots of NASCAR National Champion and defending
Daytona 500 winner Lee Petty and his young son Richard as they
prepare their new Plymouths for the 1960 race! And besides seeing
Daytona International Speedway as it looked over a quarter century
ago, you'll see a race filled with spectacular incidents! Fireball
Roberts and Jack Smith are the early leaders, but after only
six laps, the caution flag waves as four cars, including those
of Richard Freeman and Sal Tovella spin down the backstretch.
Pole-sitter Cotton Owens brings out the second yellow when he
blows a tire in turn four. Before long, George Green provides
more thrills as his gas tank catches fire before his car comes
to a stop in the tri-oval. The most spectacular crash occurs
when Tommy Herbert slams the backstretch guardrail and flips!
The collision is so violent that the engine is ripped out of
the car and lands beside the track! Pappy Crane is hit by the
wreckage and is also involved in the mishap. Throughout the
race, you'll see nice shots of the cars and drivers as they
enter the pits for service, including Smith, Roberts, both Pettys
and Junior Johnson. Leading second place Johnson with only nine
laps to go and with Lee and Richard in 3rd and 4th, Bobby Johns
hits an air pocket coming out of turn two and suddenly his back
window is sucked out of the car, throwing his '59 Pontiac into
a skid toward Lake Lloyd! Johns manages to not only keep his
car on land, but steers back into the race, finishing second
in front of the Pettys. Meanwhile, Junior Johnson, who passed
Johns during his mishap, drives his #27 white Daytona Kennel
Club '59 Chevy to the finish line to take the checkered flag!
Great shots of a young and happy Junior Johnson in Daytona's
1960 Southern 500 at Darlington is also an accident-filled and
wreck-marred race. In this rare film, you'll see work in the
garage area, qualifying (Fireball Roberts, Rex White, Joe Weatherly,
Jim Paschal, Buck Baker and Cotton Owens (who sets a new qualifying
record of 126.15 MPH). Also shown are scenes of the parade in
downtown Darlington and the annual beauty pageant.
and Baker trade the lead early as Junior Johnson blows his engine
only 17 laps into the event. Throughout the race, you'll see
numerous spins, crashes and incidents involving many cars and
drivers including: L.D. Austin, Johnny Allen, Reb Wickersham,
G.C. Spencer, Paul Lewis, Clem Proctor, Buddy Baker, Herb Tillman,
Shorty Rollins, Fred Lorenzen, Lee Petty, David Pearson, Ned
Jarrett, Wilbur Rakestraw, T.C. Hunt, Joe Weatherly, Jim Whitman
and Tiny Lund. Racing action throughout shows both Pettys, Jim
Paschal, Rex White, Roberts, Buck Baker, etc. Pit action is
covered with shots of Baker, Roberts, Paschal, White, Doug Yates,
Paul Lewis, Richard Petty, Tom Pistone and Joe Lee Johnson.
Two accidents cause injury, the
most serious being Bobby Johns' wreck on the backstretch which
killed two crewmen and an official. The wreck itself is not
caught on film, but the aftermath is shown including the cleanup
of Johns' #5 Cotton Owens Pontiac. Earlier in the race, Elmo
Langley's T-Bird goes out of control on the front stretch in
a spectacular crash which also injured a race mechanic. Caught
on camera is the dramatic finish of the race, which is led by
Roberts, then Baker, then Rex White. A blowout ends Richard
Petty's hopes late in the race. With only a lap to go Baker
blows a tire, which seemingly gives the race to White, who gets
the checkered flag. However a scoring error has credited White
with one lap too many and Baker is shown to be the true winner.
Baker's maroon #47 Boomershine Pontiac is shown in victory lane
on only three wheels and Buck wins his second Southern 500!
you can get your own color copy of both of these classic races
for only $29.95 plus $4.00 for shipping. (Illinois residents
must add $2.00 tax.) You'll get your DVD by FIRST CLASS MAIL
within a week!