Ten Years ago at Pebble Beach

August 19, 2007. Ten years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winner was this yellow speedster, Harry Yeaggy’s supercharged 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special, also known as “The Mormon Meteor,” made world famous when driven by Ab Jenkins, former mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, to set a 24-hour speed record on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Yeaggy, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is seen standing in white shirt at the front of his car. Click picture to make it full screen. Photograph by William Edgar.  [To purchase a large photo print of this image, please see Contact page and email me.]

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Ten Years Ago on the Streets of Carmel

August 14, 2007. I can still hear the bellow of the first Concours-on-the-Avenue Best of Show winner ten years ago in Carmel, when Doug and Genie Freedman brought the event to Monterey Week. Doing the photography for that inaugural, this remains one of my favorite photos ever … caught when Larry Bowman’s 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport victoriously left the judges’ ramp and attacked spectators’ eardrums in the Best of Ways. Click picture to make it full screen. Photograph by William Edgar. [To purchase a large photo print of this image, please see Contact page and email me.]

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Bill Pollack [July 7, 1925-July 16, 2017] Remembered

The above photograph of Bill Pollack was shot by John Edgar with his Rolleiflex at Riverside International Motor Raceway on September 22, 1957. The #8 car is the John Edgar-entered 6-cylinder 300S Maserati formerly driven by Carroll Shelby, but for this inaugural Riverside weekend it was Bill’s to race. He finished 11th the day before in Saturday’s Preliminary, and was now set here to enter the fray in Riverside’s Sunday Main. Bill’s first of a total eight drives for Edgar was seven years earlier in a supercharged MG-TC, with his greatest driving career successes at the wheel of Tom Carstens’ multiple-Pebble Beach race winning Allard-Cadillac, as well competing in sports car racing marques that included Morgan, Siata, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Kurtis, Cooper, Lister, and 1950s period Baldwin-Mercury Special. The Riverside Opener’s Main in this Edgar-Maserati became an added highlight for Bill’s racing accomplishments, finishing third behind race winner Richie Ginther in Edgar’s 410 Sport Ferrari and second place Kurtis-Buick driven by owner Bill Murphy.  Speaking for myself, William Edgar: “I think Bill Pollack was unlike so many other well-known sports car racing drivers of his time because he could see himself as a figure in the human comedy, through a third-person kind of way, and he could do that because he was smart and he had honest perspective; he could live outside of himself and was able to look in and see what the car enthusiast/driver Pollack was doing and then find the good or bad or very often funny things about that man seated behind the wheel of a car built to be driven at an unsafe speed and that could very easily and quickly kill him. Of course, we know it didn’t, but instead repeatedly gave him life, and continuing joy for all of us who knew him in person and by what he said and wrote in his columns and autobiography [Red Wheels and White Sidewalls: Confessions of an Allard Racer] in his winning Bill Pollack style.”  [To purchase a large photo print of this image, please see Contact page and email me.]

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“Bud Moeller’s Mind & Machines” in Vintage Motorpsort

He drives open-wheel vintage race cars. Moreover, there’s drive in everything 62-year old Bud Moeller does in life … past, present, future. See my 5-page Vintage Racer Profile article about him and his cars in the current July/August 2017 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine.  Bud’s historic F1 machinery includes a 950-hp Ferrari F2003-GA (above, leaving the pits at Sonoma Raceway) that served Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello in period, as well as the ex-Jody Scheckter Ferrari 312 T5 and ex-Derek Daly 1979 British Ensign N179.  Moeller also partners a torrid Ferrari 599XX EVO closed racer with son-in-law Frank Privitera, and pilots his own 6-place 850-hp Piper Meridian Turboprop airplane. Known internationally for his historic F1 driving prowess and Ferrari F1 Clienti track performance, Moeller has set lap records at Laguna Seca, Mont Tremblant, Sonoma, and New Orleans Motorsports Park.  Article Story and Photography by William Edgar

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Mario Andretti in Vintage Motorsport’s May/June 2017 issue.

During my 30-year documentary career I made a number of motor racing films, including one on Mario Andretti. I called it “Mario at Indy” in 1971 and use that title again here as “Mario @ Indy” for my 7-page article in the current May/June 2017 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. It’s about Mario Andretti then and now as the racing legend he is, while also looking at his 29 Indy 500 races through the decades, the Andretti racing family, and speaking with Mario again today from his home in Pennsylvania. The above image and article’s 15 photographs by William Edgar.

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Dan Gurney’s Birthday! … Today! … And on April 13, 1958!

While celebrating Dan Gurney’s 86th Birthday today, let’s include his 27th Birthday on April 13, 1958 when Dan won the Palm Springs sports car racing main event driving Frank Arciero’s Ferrari 375 Plus, and in so doing put Carroll Shelby driving the John Edgar-entered Ferrari 410 Sport and the rest of the over-1500 cc modified field in Gurney’s mirrors at the checkered! This picture taken minutes after Dan’s win is a real prize, too. Dan’s on the right, the guy in a big hat is Sam Hanks, winner of 1957’s Indy 500. Next to Sam, with the buzz cut, is Dan’s lifelong friend and fellow racer Skip Hudson. The hatted man far left is Frank Arciero, and the young boy is Frank’s son. There’s another guy in the shot, seen between Dan and Sam, but his name has remained unknown, though his enthusiasm for Dan’s win is obvious. What a day that was! And there were many great racing days for Dan before that one and so many, many ever since! What a guy! … Photograph by Lester Nehamkin, Edgar Motorsport Archive since 1958. [To purchase a large photo print of this image, please see Contact page and email me.]

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Bobby Allison & Bobby Isaac article in Vintage Motorsport

The former documentary writer-director, William Edgar, chose to make a number of motorsport films during his television production years. One of them—“The Wildest Road”—took him in May 1971 to South Carolina NASCAR country at Darlington Raceway to meet legendary stock car drivers Bobby Allison and Bobby Isaac at the Rebel 400 Grand National. The two Bobbys’ stories, and this filming experience, are now featured in Edgar’s 5-page article for the March/April 2017 issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. Isaac is the reigning series champion struggling to remain on top; Allison has spent his racing budget’s last five thousand dollars on a new engine to run this grueling Darlington 400-miler and stay in the show. 46,500 fans are there to witness the outcome. Photograph above of Bobby Allison’s Dodge at speed during qualifying time trials by William Edgar.

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