At old Atlanta International Raceway
another in a series of historic NASCAR races now on DVD from
Rare Sportsfilms, Inc. - all the highlights of the 4th annual spring
race at AIR, the 1963 "Atlanta 500"! Available in COLOR,
this DVD shows the cars and drivers in action 35 years ago! See
official qualifications, work in the garage area, pit stops during
the race, the victory lane celebration and the great drivers of
those days gone by: Buck Baker, Bob Cooper, Junior Johnson, Bobby
Isaac and many others including A.J. Foyt and even Parnelli Jones,
who just two months later would become forever famous for winning
the 1963 Indianapolis 500!
In 1963, Atlanta International Raceway
(AIR) was only 4 years old - the tall pines that surround the track
today were little more than seedlings, and there were no covered
seats, other than those few under the small scoring booth - quite
a contrast to the large press box that later towered over what is
now the backstretch of modern Atlanta Motor Speedway!
Delayed by rain, the race actually
starts under yellow and clearing skies, but soon 46 cars take the
green flag with Junior Johnson and his white #3 Chevrolet on the
pole and Fred Lorenzen on the outside, front row! Johnson and A.J.
Foyt (who starts 4th) battle during the early stages of the race,
but Junior makes an early exit with piston problems after only 65
laps. A.J. drops out after 126 laps with transmission troubles.
During the middle stages of the race, Bobby Johns and lil' Joe Weatherly,
both driving Pontiacs, battle for the lead for many miles.
During the race, less fortunate drivers
are forced to retire early. John Sudderth spins out after only 16
laps. Jim Norton's #65 Dodge blows on lap 84. Len Sutton in his
#07 Pontiac blows and spins on lap 125. Parnelli Jones blows a tire
on a piece of exhaust pipe lying on the track and spins out of the
race after 133 laps. Buck Baker blows his engine on lap 157. Fireball
Roberts spins in oil. Red Foote loses a wheel on the backstretch.
Later Joe Weatherly and Rex White are overcome by carbon monoxide
exhaust fumes and are forced to get relief drivers. Finally, Fred
Lorenzen, driving a steady race in his white #28 Ford, passes Bobby
Johns for first place on lap 268 and wins the 334 lap event for
the second year in a row!
To add this new 28-minute DVD
of vintage NASCAR racing footage to your collection, send $29.95
plus $4.00 shipping to: (Illinois residents must add $2.00 sales
"RARE SPORTSFILMS N", 1126 Tennyson Lane, Naperville,
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