Rare Sports Films

EARLY 1950'S

      The 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington and the 1953 AAA Stock Car Race at the old Milwaukee Mile dirt track are two of the latest historic auto races recently restored and presented by Rare Sportsfilms on a new 51-minute B & W / Color video! Both of these races are in beautiful COLOR, along with the 2nd Annual Sowega International Sports Car Race at Turner AFB in Albany, Georgia! Also shown on this video are rare B & W scenes of the 1952 Southern 500, and the first two Motor City 250's at Detroit in 1951 & 1952! The video is a complete vintage TV show, "Speedway International" and is made up of 11 different races, mostly from 1951 and 1952 in order as follows:

  • 100-Mile AAA Champ Car Race at the old Fairgrounds Dirt Track, Duquoin, Illinois. Johnnie Parsons, Tony Bettenhausen and Jack McGrath.
  • Troy Ruttman wins 1952 Indy 500! Many old shots never before seen on video! Alberto Ascari, Bettenhausen, Manny Ayulo. Russ Catlin interviews flagman Bill Vandewater.
  • 1951 - The first ever "Motor City 250" at Detroit. Tommy Thompson wins 250-Mile NASCAR race at Michigan State Fairgrounds dirt track. Marshall Teague and Tim Flock start 1-2, but after front-running Thompson and hard-driving Curtis Turner tangle in late-race crash, Thompson wins.
  • 1951 100-Mile Sportsman NASCAR Finals. See the famous "60-Second Wreck" at Langhorne Speedway!
  • Brief shots of the 1952 Daytona Beach Grand National Race. Smokey Purser's first lap flip!
  • Fonty Flock wins 1952 Southern 500 at Darlington! Dick Rathmann crashes into two cars in the pits! Pete Kelley spins his Hudson and loses a wheel!
  • Tim Flock wins 1952 "Motor City 250" at Detroit! Dick Rathmann and Fonty Flock start 1-2; Billy Myers loses wheel; John Scarfo and Jack Fisher tangle on the backstretch! Other crashes shown.
  • 1957 Monza race at Monza, Italy. Jimmy Bryan wins third heat and takes overall honors as Americans overwhelm Europeans! Pat O'Connor, Troy Ruttman, Ray Crawford and Johnnie Parsons.
  • Remember the old B & W cartoon Bardahl commercials?
  • Sam Hanks beats out Marshall Teague to win 100-Mile AAA Stock Car Race at the old Milwaukee Mile dirt track, Wisconsin State Fair Park. Beautiful COLOR! Nice closeups of Frank Mundy, Jack McGrath, Hanks and Teague. Watch Dick Rathmann, Norm Nelson, Dick Linder, Mundy, Johnny Mantz and Ned Presser move the dirt! Also see spins and crashes involving Charlie Green, Don Dunfee and Ray Butler. Most spectacular, however is Jack McGrath on the backstretch, as he crashes, flips and then rolls three times!
  • 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington in COLOR! Nice closeups of Tim & Fonty Flock, Dick Rathmann, Herb Thomas, Junior Johnson and winner Buck Baker. Herb Thomas leads much of the way, but with 10 laps to go, a blown engine ends his day. Thomas is shown being pushed around the track by fellow Hudson driver Gene Comstock! During the race Slick Smith blows a tire on his Olds. Fireball Roberts blows two tires! (Closeup of Fireball in his Olds having a cigarette during a long pit stop). Mike Magill's Lincoln comes to rest "outside the ballpark" and down the first turn embankment! Tim Flock slams the guardrail in his Hudson Hornet! The two most spectacular crashes are Lacy Jackson and Junior Johnson in separate backstretch incidents. With his #75 Holiday Olds sitting in the middle of the track, Johnson climbs out, raises the hood, tears off the air cleaner and rips off his shirt to put out a carburetor fire!
  • Second Annual Sowega International Sports Car Race at Turner AFB in Albany, Georgia. Briggs Cunningham and Jim Kimberly before the race. Defending champion John Fitch, driving his white #59 Cunningham CR4 is on the pole. Also shown are the cars of Charles Moran, Phil Walters and Carl Kling. Bill Spear and his Ferrari win the race, with Fitch finishing in the runner-up spot. COLOR!

You can now get your own copy of this historic race footage as seen on "Speedway International" for only $24.95 + $5.00 shipping (Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax).

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