I never saw racing at the Paramount track either (though I did see part of
the course last Summer at a "Silent Movie Night" they have out there). I
did, however, go to Riverside a number of times. We would sit up in what I
think was turn six (it was after the ess'es where there was a 90 degree
righthand turn at the top of the hill). Gone too are Lions drag strip and
Irwindale Raceway! As a kid I lived about 8 miles from Irwindale (in San
Gabriel) and on the right night you could clearly hear the racing that I so
longingly desired to be at.
Hey, people pay for a video of a fireplace or a fish tank. Maybe they would
pay to hear all the wonderful sounds of auto racing too! How's that for
Tom Witt B9470101
----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Tiger List <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2003 4:48 PM
Subject: Re: "Dearie, Do You Remember...."
> I went with great interest to the Paramount Ranch site, as well as the
> Riverside site which is linked there. I never knew anything about the
> Paramount track as it had come and gone before I was even born. But,
> Riverside...wow, what a track, what history, what hallowed ground for
> who calls him or herself a sports car enthusiast!
> When I was growing up in the '60s and '70s, most of my friends could quote
> baseball team lineups, football players, game stats, and all the rest of
> that crap. But not me, man...I knew more about '50s and '60s sports cars
> and racing than anyone should have a right to know! I knew who raced
> when and where, and who won what, when and where, and who was killed when
> and where, all the racing car models, all the tracks across the
> those were the days! I lived and breathed this stuff, and Riverside was
> of my favorites. Seeing pics of how the Riverside area looks now does
> than just sadden me; it really kinda pisses me off. How could they 'doze
> piece of history like that? Progress? PROGRESS? How many malls do we
> really need?
> Sorry for getting on my soapbox, but seeing those old historical photos
> really wound me up. Racing will never, ever be like that again, the
> will never be super heros like they were back then, the cars will never be
> like that again...come to think of it, that last bit about the cars never
> being like that again absolutely sums up why I own my Tiger. To use the
> cliche, "They just don't make 'em like that anymore!"
> Enjoy your car as much as possible while you can,
> Andy Walker
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steve Laifman" <SLaifman@socal.rr.com>
> To: "Tiger's Den" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "'Alpine's Peak'"
> Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2003 10:46 AM
> Subject: "Dearie, Do You Remember...."
> > Tigers and 'Pines,
> > My son, Jay, was at the old Paramount Ranch (CA) movie site where I took
> > him for Renaissance Faires when he was a kid. He found it was used as a
> > sports car road course in the mid 50's and found a fine web site. You
> > will notice a lot of my old acquaintances there, and it is a lot of fun
> > to see how it used to be. Yes, I was at that race.
> > For a reminisce of the days I drove my new XK120M to watch my friends
> > race (I was outclassed by then),
> > See Ken Miles in action, and what the AC looked like BEFORE Shelby, take
> tour through:
> > www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/ParamountRanch.html
> > There are plenty of name links and even a home movie of the races.
> > http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/tam_redo_102.mov Just for old car
> > Steve
> > --
> > Steve Laifman
> > Editor
> > http://www.TigersUnited.com