and Cars: #2 Bob Challman, Lotus 23; #50 Ken Miles,
Spyder; #233 Frank Monise, Lotus 23; #31 Ron Bucknum,
MGB (really); #288 Jay Hills, Spyder; and #19 Clyde
Freeman, Spyder. Photo by Allen
They Raced at Dodger Stadium
by John Krill
December 15, 2003: Today in the Sports
section of the Los Angeles Times is a small
story about the races (two) that were held at Dodger Stadium
in 1963. This photographer was there. (You need to register to
view articles at LATimes.com.)
My best friend, Phil Cripps, had just got
hold of a Bolex Super 8 movie camera and wanted to photograph
some action. So it was off to the races at Dodger Stadium.
The big draw, as I remember it, was the
contest between the Shelby Cobra and the Corvette. I didn't know
what we would see but what we did see was a wipeout by the Cobras
over the Vettes.
Phil got his action movie but not the way
he intended. He was standing behind a stack of hay bales shooting
the cars as they made a left and then right turns. Only problem
was one of the Vettes lost it's brakes and plowed directly into
the hay bales in front of Phil. He barely got out of the way.
Phil was the fellow that introduced this
photographer to Can-Am racing and Laguna Seca in 1969. I had gotten
back from Vietnam in June of that year and after a summer in Laguna
Beach went looking for Phil. He was at Art Center Los Angeles
(now located in Pasadena.) It was then that Phil showed me the
film he shot at Dodger Stadium in '63. What a hoot! I hope he
kept that stuff. It might be worth something now.
This photographer wasn't a committed shutter
bug in '63. He carried no camera.
Kuhn was there and he did get photos of the races. He has
been very generous in allowing this site to use two of his photos
from these races. Do your part and visit
his site. He has many historic racing photos. If you don't
see something you want then e-mail Allen with your request. His
prices are very reasonable.
Los Angeles City Hall in the background is Ken Miles
in a Spyder and Bill Krause in Birdcage. Photo