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December 13, 2017 at 08:08:57 PM
Joined: 12/04/2004
Posts: 152
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Posted By: MSPN on December 13 2017 at 09:59:42 AM

Garry once got black flagged during the A-Main at a race in Wagga Wagga, Australia but refused to get off the track.  They eventually threw the red but he kept on driving and wouldn't stop, lol.  The curfew came and Peter Murphy was declared the winner, true story I was there.  He got black flagged for crashing Joey Saldana (I think)....Garry was unbelievably talented but marched to a much different drummer....

I was there that night Mike.. Small world.. I was also in a Adelaide when Brazier cut through the infield under caution to take out Murcott.. 

December 13, 2017 at 09:39:38 PM
Joined: 12/01/2004
Posts: 175

They turn left, cars evolved sort of like they did here. First yank to win the Classic was Haud in one of Trostle's cars back in the 80s. Tracks are small, only Sydney has weekly racing, rest are sprecials. Warrnambool is the nicest track I've seen over there, Mount Gambia is the nicest overall faclity. Mount is smaller and flatter than Warrnambool but bery racy. You can race every weekend if you have both 410 and 360 engines, and are willing to travel. Here's a link to one of the best races I've seen over there. https://youtu.be/Rl2lMULcRL4 Murcott is in the 1, Veal in the 35, McFadden in the 25, American Kyle Hirst in the 17 and Saturday night racer, Brett Milburn, in the 68. Hell of a race even tho' my friend Brett got  taken out - but they were 3 wide. You can get Aussie races on "clay per view". Sprintcarworld is a great Aussie site to keep up on the activities over there. Bob's autobiography, "Life's Tough On The Circuit" covers the trips to Australia along with his entire career from 1961 through the 2005 or so. It's available from the Sprint Car Hall Of Fame, Coastal 181, and driect from me at Larry Weeks Racing, PO Box 40, Montezuma, IA 50171. From me they are $54.95 which includes shipping.

December 14, 2017 at 08:52:06 AM
Joined: 11/23/2004
Posts: 3632

Cobra, I got a feeling we may have been at a lot of the same shows.  I semi toured with WSS for those two winters, even went to the West Coast a couple of times.  Garry didn't race with them much for those two years but I did see a lot of him at PCR and he was the show most nights, what a talent.  My last conversation with him was at Eldora many years later and he was very, very frustrated with himself and the car, even said 'I don't know if I can do this anymore', always enjoyed our converstions and he could hit a golf ball farther than about anyone I've ever seen, more unvaluable trivia, I got a million, lol.....

December 14, 2017 at 10:52:08 AM
Joined: 04/09/2016
Posts: 55
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Posted By: nzsprint on December 03 2017 at 08:40:24 PM

Its probably a result of racing on almost exclusively narrow, semi banked, quarter mile sized tracks. These guys like Veal and McFadden make their living running elbows up on the wall at 100% or trading sliders wheel to wheel. You want proof, look at McFadden in the Willie Kahne FK shocks car, he showed up at Tulare first time seeing the track and won a KWS race.

   I was at that show. Thought it was the Peter Murphy Classic, the first one.

  From central coast of Cali.
   Peace, Out.

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