Candlestick Park -- September 15, 1963
Photo by Tony Ferrari
I could have cropped this photo to fit better on the page, but I
like the bay ? the port facilities so I left them in.
Leading this group is #78 Stan
Burnett in Ferrari TRI/61 #0794 (then owned by Dick Hahn). Bev
Spencer bought the car from Hahn, and campaigned it in NoCal events in
1964 with Frank Crane and Bill
Sherwood driving. The car is currently owned ? raced by Peter
Next is #28 Danno Raffeto in the ex-Bill
Sherwood "Ferrari-Chevy" (better known as the ex-John von Neumann 625/TRC
Callaham owns and races this car in historic races today.
Tucked in behind the Ferraris is a dark green car that I originally
thought was Dave Ridenour in one of his Genies, but Ridenour won the race
(as I found out later through research) in his yellow/blue
in his 2-liter Cooper is the most likely possibility -- the roll bar looks
right -- and the car WAS painted green toward the end of Grinzewitsch's
ownership. Bart Martin drove
the ex-Grinzewitsch Cooper to many victories in NoCal events in 1964
with Chevy power, but as of September, 1963, that was off in the future.
Next is Jim Parkinson in the rebuilt "2nd generation" Campbell
Special. At first I thought the following Corvette was Bob Bondurant's
Washburn Chevrolet #614, but then I remembered that Bondurant raced his
Stingray that weekend (he finished 2nd). In the program is
#314, Norman Smith -- entered in a Corvette.
The white Elva Mk.6 in the background could be the Class "G" car
entered by William "Bunny" Ribbs, one of the few African-American drivers
in early 1960s NoCal SCCA racing. He's the father of
pro racer Willy T. Ribbs.