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capitalcity300
06-17-2007, 08:32 AM
Where is the racing movie films footage of NASCAR's ( 2 ) race cars ( # 90 Truxmore Ford Torino and # 4 Olympia Beer Dodge Charger) during the 1976 24hrs. Le Mans ( racing movie films footage showing practice, time trials, race) Speedweek???

NASCAR doesn't have it??? NASCAR's Bill France Jr. started the race with the tri-colored French flag. It was a "NASCAR BIG DEAL" ???:mad: :disgusted :p :rolleyes: :confused:

Goodyear doesn't have it??? Their race tires was used on the NASCAR's ( 2 ) race cars.:confused:

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company doesn't have it??? Winston sponsor decals was on both of the race cars. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company paid for and handle the shipping (by ship freighter) of both ( # 90 and # 4 ) race cars and racing equipment. :confused:

# 90 Truxmore Ford Torino car owner Junie Donlavey and race drivers, Dick Brooks (deceased), Dick Hutcherson (deceased) doesn't have it??? #90 raced and dropped out after 10 hrs., because race car transmission problems (driver Dick Brooks couldn't fixed it on race track. :*-( :rolleyes:
One of 24hrs. Le Mans race rule states, a towed race car back to pits, can' t be re-enter in the race after repairs.:disgusted :p

# 4 Olympia Beer Dodge Charger car owner and drivers Hershel McGriff and son Doug McGriff doesn't have it??? # 4 only raced a couple laps before dropping out because of low octane (French) racing gasoline.:rolleyes:

Union 76 Oil racing gasoline doesn't have it??? UNION 76 sponsor decals was on both of the race cars.
Because of 24 hrs. Le Mans racing rules, Union 76 high octane racing gasoline that is used in these big engine NASCAR's race cars wasn't allowed. :disgusted :rolleyes:
Low octane ( French ) racing gasoline was used and gave both race cars engine problems.:mad: :disgusted

There's a strong rumor that Ford Motor Co. does have racing movie film footage of the 1976 24hrs. Le Mans Race and racing films footage of NASCAR's ( 2 ) race cars ( # 90 Truxmore Ford Torino and # 4 Olympia Beer Dodge Charger) during the 1976 24hrs. Le Mans ( racing films footage showing practice, time trials, race) Speedweek???:disgusted :confused:

Car owners #90 Junie Donlavey and # 4 Hershel McGriff, their race drivers, and race crew members, went all over France and showing off their big engine race cars that made loud racing noised when it was running.
French race fans loved it!!!:lol: :applause: :cool: :wave:
The #90 pit crew members nickname their race car: "Herbie", after VW race car in the movie "Herbie, The Love Bug".:cool: :applause:

There was about a thousand professional cameramen and race fans with movie cameras at this event but no racing movie films footage of this is being shown???:disgusted :confused:

When are they going to showed this important piece of racing film history??? In the year of 3000!!! :mad: :( :disgusted :rolleyes:

Here's (4) regular camera still photos from the French race fans.:applause: :cheers:

capitalcity300
06-17-2007, 08:40 AM
Here's (3) more regular camera still photos from the French race fans.:applause: :cheers:

LongIslandJam
06-17-2007, 08:50 AM
Pretty neat stuff... Good timing with the LeMans here:)

Dwight Clock
06-17-2007, 05:30 PM
CapitalCity, if there is anyone around who can answer your question, they are probably a regular on the Nostalgia forum at www.trackforum.com. Those guys amaze me at times. Click on forums on the left and then Nostalgia.

capitalcity300
07-02-2007, 02:02 AM
Here's (4) regular camera still photos from the French race fans.:applause: :cheers:

RickFigure8
07-02-2007, 10:15 PM
Check out a few videos from youtube. http://youtube.com/watch?v=DvZJjdyMkR4 and http://youtube.com/watch?v=KUPxXlyCA7g and http://youtube.com/watch?v=5hVTe7KZX2U and one more http://youtube.com/watch?v=C4IPi72bNsQ there's other vids if you search and follow some links from these vids.

Rick

capitalcity300
07-08-2007, 06:48 AM
Did anyone take photos of # 90 race car after it came back to Richmond, Va.(Junie Donlavey's home town and location of his race shop) after 1976 the 24 hrs.Le Mans race??? :help: :cheers:

Did it come back at all or is it rotting in some french barn ???:confused: :rolleyes:

I lived about 2 miles from Junie Donlavey's race shop and I visit his shop a lot. :angel: ;)
Everytime I asked Junie Donlavey, "What happen to the # 90 Truxmore Ford Torino after it raced in 1976 24hrs. of Le Mans race. :D :wave:
Junie Donlavey would gave me a different answer everytime?:rolleyes: :cool:
So far I have about 15 different answers to the above question.
Here's my theory of what happen to the # 90 Truxmore Ford Torino after it raced at the 1976 24hrs. of Le Mans race.
# 1. The french race fans got excited and torn it apart for racing souvenirs? :*-(
Remember,The Spirit of St. Louis was a custom airplane used by Charles Lindbergh to make the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight on 20 May and 21 May 1927. Landed at Paris, France airport and fans started tearing the plane apart for souvenirs until the French police step in.:applause:
# 2. It went Fort. Bragg for target practice?:*-( :rolleyes:
# 3. It was raced in couple more NASCAR races and it was destroyed after Driver Richard Brooks wrecked it?:confused: :*-(
# 4. It was given or sold to Edsel Ford of Ford Motor Company?:rolleyes:
# 5. It was given or sold to NASCAR'S Bill France Jr.:rolleyes:
# 6. It was sold to a well known Race Car Collector? French? US? Arab? Japenese?:rolleyes:
# 7. It was given or sold to an Le Mans, France Auto Racing Museum. There's about a million race car museums in France. They like their race car history.:cheers:
# 8. It was lost during shipping back to Richmond, Va. The boat sink?:*-(
# 9. Maybe the little green men from Mars is converted it to an "Car of Tomorrow,Tomorrow", to raced all over the "Milkly Way"?:cool: :applause:
# 10. Maybe it's being kept in an french barn, just waiting for some lucky person to bring it out and polished it up and let the world see what a gem it is!!!:applause: :cool:
# 11. Over here in USA, on Speed Channel TV, there's an car program called, "Car Crazy", did an film on The Loheac Museum in France,created by France's premier car enthusiast magazine publisher Michel Hommel. :applause:
# 12. Maybe this race car museum has the # 90 Truxmore Ford race car.
I believe this car museum has racing ties to the 24hrs. Le Mans race?:cool:
The only photos of # 90 Truxmore Ford Torino race car, came from French Race Fans? Why?:applause: :lol:
Where are the # 90 photos taken by USA race fans? :disgusted :rolleyes:
The song goes like this: "All the Gold in California, is in a bank in Beverly Hills in Somebody's Name"!!! :disgusted :rolleyes:
Maybe that's location of the # 90 1976 Le Mans race photos and # 90 1976 Le Mans motion picture racing film??? :help: :rolleyes: