1969 & 1970
GRAND NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
At last it’s here – a new DVD showing those tremendously popular muscle cars of 1969 and 1970 on the tracks and in competition with some of the greatest drivers of 40 years ago! Of course, 1969 was the introductory year of the popular Ford Talladega and winged Dodge Daytona! By 1970, the new Plymouth Superbirds swept onto the racing scene, also becoming part of the fabulous winged car era in NASCAR racing history!
On this DVD are color highlights of a dozen different races from 1969 and 1970, including a segment on 1970 NASCAR Champion Bobby Isaac, plus a special bonus: rare footage of the first NASCAR win for a Plymouth Superbird – Ramo Stott’s victory in the 1970 ARCA 300 at Daytona! Here’s what you’ll see on this new 1 hour, 16 minute DVD:
1 at Riverside Road Course - For the first time in his career, Richard Petty is driving a FORD in NASCAR competition, and he wins the "Motor Trend 500", beating out second place finisher A.J. Foyt. Richard spins off the course twice, but recovers each time. Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney and Harold Hardesty also shown.
February 23, 1969 Daytona 500
- Buddy Baker in the white #3 Ray Fox Dodge is on the pole, but it's a last lap slingshot pass around Charlie Glotzbach in the #6 Cotton Owens Dodge that wins the race for Lee Roy Yarbrough and the Junior Johnson Ford team. The final pit stops for both drivers are shown, along with race action throughout. On lap 25, Billy Taylor goes for a spectacular spin through the trioval, setting up a lengthy caution. James Hylton spins out, but finishes 15th. Cale Yarborough crashes his #21 Wood Brothers Mercury Cyclone in turn four after 103 laps. Others shown are Bobby Isaac, Donnie Allison and A.J. Foyt.
March 9 at Rockingham - David Pearson is on the pole and drives the #17 Holman-Moody Ford Torino to victory in the "Carolina 500" spring race at Rockingham. Buddy Baker is shown pitting early in the race, but blows the engine in his #3 Charger on lap 183. Points leader Richard Petty has handling problems all day and finally hits the wall in turn four. Roy Tyner blows the engine in his #9 Pontiac. Dick Brooks and Donnie Allison tangle, however Donnie is able to continue and finishes 6th. Other drivers shown in action are Bobby Johns, Paul Goldsmith, Cale Yarborough and Bobby Isaac.
March 30 at Atlanta - Cale Yarborough, with a new boss 429 engine in his #21 Cyclone, passes pole-sitter Charlie Glotzbach on the third lap and breezes to his first victory of the season in the annual spring race at the old AIR. Neil Castles and Jabe Thomas spin together, but both are able to continue. E.J. Trivette spins out in his #08 two year-old Chevy. Also shown are Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and second-place finisher David Pearson, plus pit stops by Lee Roy Yarbrough and Cale.
June 15 at Michigan - In NASCAR's first race ever run at brand new MIS, Cale Yarborough wins the "Motor State 500", with Richard Petty third and new points leader David Pearson second. Shown in the pits for service are Petty, Cale, E.J. Trivette, Dick Poling, Pearson and Lee Roy. Racing action also shows Paul Goldsmith, Bobby Allison, Bobby Wawak and Dick Johnson, who drops a driveline on the front stretch (lap 80).
July 4 "Firecracker 400"
at Daytona - This 2-minute clip shows racing action plus pit stops by Richard Petty and winner Lee Roy Yarbrough. Also shown is the big 4-car crash on the backstretch involving Cecil Gordon, Buddy Arrington, Hoss Ellington and Bobby Allison.
October 26 "American 500"
at Rockingham - The last segment of 1969 is a summary of the 1969 season from a Ford perspective, with Lee Roy Yarbrough named Ford's "Man Of The Year" for winning 7 superspeedway races (including Daytona twice, Darlington twice and the World 600)! However the '69 points championship is still up for grabs between two Ford drivers, Richard Petty and David Pearson, both trying to win their third championship! Both are interviewed and each comments on the other driver. By this time of the season, Charlie Glotzbach and Bobby Allison are driving the new winged Dodge Daytonas. Lee Roy, Petty and Pearson are driving Ford Talladegas. The winged cars of Glotzbach and Allison start on the front row, and there's plenty of action right from the start! On lap 20, John Kennedy spins his #29 Chevy in front of Bobby Allison who crashes out of the race. On lap 143, Donnie Allison smashes the front stretch wall after touching another car. Cale Yarborough smashes his Cyclone on the backstretch wall after 168 laps. Glotzbach blows the engine in his purple and white #99 Dodge Daytona and ends his day in a flaming spin! Other accidents shown involve James Hylton, Bobby Johns and Buddy Young. Lee Roy wins the race, but Pearson clinches the 1969 Falstaff Grand National Points Championship when Petty crashes out of the race after 113 laps.
Ramo Stott drives his #7 Plymouth to victory in the 1970 ARCA 300 at Daytona and becomes the first to ever win a NASCAR race in the new winged Superbird! (Silent, color film)
The 1970 segment of this DVD shows more shots of drivers such as Bobby Allison, “Chargin” Charlie Glotzbach, Cale Yarborough, Dr. Don Tarr, Scotty Cain, Mel Larson, Jack McCoy, James Hylton, Lee Roy Yarbrough, Dan Gurney, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Elmo Langley, Sam Posey, Dave Alonzo, David Marcis, Pete Hamilton, and of course Richard Petty and Grand National Points Champion Bobby Isaac! Here’s a summary:
January 18 at Riverside Road Course – Dan Gurney’s purple #42 Petty Enterprises Superbird starts on the pole, but gets passed on the very first lap and never leads the race, although Gurney does finish 6th. Starting at the rear because of a tire penalty, Parnelli Jones charges up thru the pack to run second during the early stages of the “Motor Trend 500”, but in the end, A.J. Foyt in his #11 white Jack Bowsher Ford takes the checkered flag in a race marked by spins. In fact, Dave Alonzo spins three different times, but he’s not the only one! Caught by the color cameras in spins during the race are Dave Marcis in his #30 Superbird, Elmo Langley in his green #64 ’68 Ford and others. Bobby Allison and Sam Posey are both shown driving off the course, and Posey later hits the wall in turn six. Richard Petty, who leads for a while, also spins in the tricky turn six.
June 7 at Michigan International Speedway
- Nice closeups before the race of Lee Roy Yarbrough, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty and Bobby Isaac. Pit action during the race shows Cale, Isaac, and Charlie Glotzbach. Richard Petty’s race ends when he stalls his car in the pits and his ignition fails. Shown is Glotzbach’s fiery spin while leading the race! At the end, it’s Yarborough and Pete Hamilton fighting it out, with Cale nudging by going into turn 3. Great shots of Cale in victory lane after winning the “Motor State 400”!
June 14 at Riverside Road Course - One week later Richard Petty, in his blue Petty Enterprises Superbird, leads all but four laps and breezes to victory in the “Falstaff 400” at Riverside. Bobby Allison, in his Mario Rossi ’69 Dodge Daytona starts on the pole, but his spinout on the very first lap forces him to play catchup for most of the race. Bobby actually goes into the lead when Petty pits, but his #22 just doesn’t have the muscle to pass Petty, and Bobby finishes second. Don Tarr and Scotty Cain are shown spinning in turn eight and Mel Larson and Jack McCoy are seen sliding around in turn six.
October 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Before the race, you’ll see more outstanding shots of Yarborough, John Sears, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Glotzbach, Pearson, Isaac, Allison and Petty before the race. Glotzbach in the #99 Dodge Daytona starts on the pole for the “National 500”, but after only 44 Laps he crashes. After being as much as two laps behind, Bobby Isaac catches and passes Lee Roy Yarbrough with just 14 laps to go, but just then his engine blows and he must settle for 5th. Lee Roy Yarbrough comes through to win, as the race ends under caution. Afterward, in a live interview, Isaac comments on the race.
Next, you’ll sit in on the NASCAR Championship Banquet, as 1970 Points Champion Bobby Isaac receives his Championship trophy and a check for $25,000 from Falstaff, for winning what is now known as the Winston Cup Championship! The DVD ends with coverage of the event, with Isaac making his acceptance speech and posing with “Miss Falstaff”!
To get your own copy of this beautifully restored vintage NASCAR footage, now available on DVD for the first time ever, send only $29.95 plus $4.00 S & H to: (Illinois residents must add $2.00 Sales Tax).