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Old 03-13-2019, 07:26 AM   #1
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Default Gatornationals from the past...

Trivia I suppose but the Gators is indeed a special race. The 50th being celebrated this week is going to have a lot of hoopla (legends in Toyotas? Really NHRA?). I first attended in 1971, driving my little Plymouth all day from Murray, KY to get there and pulled into town late at night at a small two bay gas station (the norm of course 'back in the day'). It appeared to be closed (it was 3AM) but inside was the Mopar Missile and they were crawling all over it. Always known for their hard work that one image has stuck with me all these years. Lots of memories from the Nationals going back to 1967 but my first Gators will always be memorable.

Anyone else with a special Gators memory?
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:28 AM   #2
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Went as a crew person around 1984. I Drove the tow suburban a lot on the trip down from NJ. Cold up here.....

The weather was fantastic every day. Low 80's, low humidity and you could not ask for a better week of weather.We managed to get to the 4th or 5th round in S/G.

I was standing behind the starting line numerous times watching every category......Pro Stock and Super Stock especially.....I was standing right next to the Grump for some runs out there in Pro Stock....I kept getting as close as I could to the action absorbing it all.....

I was rooting for the red SS/HA Camaro of Wise and Meredith. A very fast car back then...It was doing great wheelstands and went deep in eliminations.....He did not win though......

It was a very memorable event and the group I was with almost left me there !

I was sun drenched and I did not want to leave.....they were rolling thru the pits and I was hanging out watching as long as I could...…

We had a great time...….as we always did.....

I've been there about 3 times and once the weather turned very bad...….Nothing ever matched that first time there.....loved it...
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The 1970 Gators was the first race I worked with Buster Couch on his starting line crew. Lot of great memories at the Gators and the other events back then. Think we got $40 for the race. Wish I knew about sun screen and ear plugs back then.
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My only time to Gainesville was 1992 ? to watch Bernstein break 300.
Remember it was C C Cold out all week.
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Who remembers 2003 when we raced at Orlando?
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2003 Orlando, I was there in my I/S Camaro. Lost in the semi's. Has a great time. Great people. 2006 was the last one I raced at. My favorite class win. tks jeff
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1976, traveled in a convoy with Bud & Dewey Cook. Stopped at Barnett's and followed Bagwell on down to the Chrysler test at Bradenton. Lost in class to Sherwood Allen. It was a fun trip even on the way back home for some young KIDS from West Virginia. I have some pics but can't get them to reduce to post.
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I remember, won class, but not the same in Orlando as it would have been in Gainesville.





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Anybody else remember not being allowed to stay in the track at night? You had to leave and come back the next day. Jim


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i remember it VERY well Bill.
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