|Memories of Riverside
Feathers flew when Riverside
Raceway was carved out of an old turkey ranch in the California desert.
Hosting its first event in 1957 (I have the inaugural program), the Riverside
course became the premier southern California venue for amateur and professional
|Riverside's famous "esses"
ended with the uphill right-hand Turn 6.
Note the grandstand on the outside of this popular corner.
Lining the fence along the grandstand,
or under an outdoor umbrella near their camper, fans would cheer on their
favorite drivers as they rounded the corner.
||Class "D" Production cars on the straight
between Turn 6 and Turn 7.
Bucknum, in the Austin Healey 3000 in 2nd place here, went on to a
memorable career in Formula One, at LeMans, and in Indy cars.
|Racers crested a rise at high speed,
then dropped into the downhill, off-camber Turn 7.
This corner (similar to the "Carousel"
at Sears Point) rewarded spectators with plenty of passing and frequent
Raceway Grounds as They Look Today! (circa 2001)
|The main straight at Riverside was 1.1
miles long. During qualifying for the Times Grand Prix in 1961, Jim
Hall's front-engined Chaparral reached a then-record 180 mph. Bob
Edmison's Mercedes-Corvette was timed at 176 mph. Later in the
1960s, CanAm cars routinely exceeded 200 mph here.
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