Simply Memories-1950′s Pittsburgh Dirt Track Racing

I continue to go through photo’s from my Dad’s collection and stumbled on some dirt track racing photos from the 1950′s.  He could not drive due to very bad eye sight but hung out with a group of guys that raced.

Pittsburgh Dirt Track Racing
Pittsburgh Dirt Track Racing
Pittsburgh Dirt Track Racing

I have very little other information on the photos.  If someone recognizes the cars or track drop me an email and I will update the post.

Check out a few more photos in this series in the Simply Memories Gallery.  Help me identify the track and cars.

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Faces in Places-Car’s Edition #5

At the Heritage Square car show a couple of months ago I came across a few different faces hidden in the cars on display. I know the die-hard Faces folks would say this is cheating but they still deserve some credit for hiding in plain view.

This cow skull with horns was installed on top of the cab of a wild west truck.  The truck looked more like the offspring of an Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster and a Conestoga wagon.  I did not see Granny or Jethro in the area so it must have been an imitator.

Skull and faceThis cardboard cut out of her Majesty from an earlier time was tucked into the back seat of a Rolls Royce on display.  The realism of this cut-out could probably fool a traffic camera if you are up to the challenge.
Royal

This little antenna topper was bracing for the cool ride home with a knit hat pulled down over his ears.
Hanging Out

Keep your eyes posted–Faces can be found everywhere.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang–Dream Car

Every kid of the 1970′s remembers Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, GEN 11, of the movie of the same name.  The car could fly or float and outrun about anything else it needed to to keep the Potts’ family safe.

She is for Sale!

Profiles in History Hollywood Memorabilia auction house will be selling her on May 15th.  Pre-sale estimates are in the $1-2 million dollar range. Buyer Beware–This car will not float or fly. If you chose to try these activities you may ruin your investment.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A few years ago while at a Charleston British Car Show I ran into a collector who was showing his own piece of the very same movie history. This car had been in the movie in the racing scenes and had been carefully restored. He encouraged me to climb up into the driver’s seat and pose for the photo. The car was the size of a tank, but built a little more streamlined.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

He was a proud enthusiast that eagerly shared the details of the restoration and thrills of driving his pride and joy. As I remember, he described the extraordinary feeling of being unprotected and open to the elements while taking your life into your hands at speeds of 50-60 mph. It is hard to imagine driving on a race track with a group of other race cars–let alone flying over the English Channel in the famed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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