More vintage racing porn: AMX

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Unfortunately this shot of my Dad’s AMX is in pretty poor condition and wasn’t the best shot to begin with. While there are no details, I suspect this was taken at Mosport, possibly between turns 3 & 4, taken from the infield side. The year was 1969 and there wasn’t much in the way of safety barriers in those days. A few details I’ve noticed are the big hole cut in the front bumper to get more air in and the single wiper blade. Also, photos from later in the season show the car with an adjustable rear wing, which does not appear to be on the car at this point. Also, the “Bob Bannerman Express” stickers haven’t made it on the car yet.

Few can believe it, but I remember this car even though I would have only been 2 years old at the time. It was a pretty outrageous machine.

Comments

  1. Leighton Irwin says

    Gary: I think that may have been taken from the infield at the bottom of the Chute (4). One of the few places there was ANY guardrail. There was none on the straights.
    I am basing this on the slope and the hillside in the background.
    It doesn’t jibe with either 1 or 9 the only other places there was guardrail in those days.
    Were we crazy or what? Heck the pits were ‘protected’ by a painted line for several years. By 67 there was a single row guardrail on the pit side on the start finish line.

  2. Colin King says

    Hmmmm….looks more like entry to 10. Note the start of what looks like curbing in the bottom right and ashpalt to the left….could be entry to the pits. OOPs! That white blob isn’t curbing, it is a tear in the picture. Even so, the car looks like it is setting up for a right turn…it could still possibly be 10.

  3. says

    Just 1 picture? What a tease.

    I love the AMX because of my dad as well. He passed away almost 10yrs ago, and the AMX of my childhood sits in pieces in a garage, mid restoration. Thanks for reminding me of the fond memories :)

  4. Bud Tucker says

    You know, I have no idea where this was taken. I don’t recall this photograph as being one of mine. In any case I can tell you it was taken very early in the career of the car because it doesn’t appear that we had installed the rear soiler as yet when this picture was taken.

    Who was the person who commented that it brought back memories because they have one in bits in the garage.

    Bud T.

  5. Leighton Irwin says

    A lot of people had a rear soiler problem at Mosport, especially the first time they ran there. Even more so in the rain.

  6. chris says

    Gary,
    Thats very cool !I would love to see more pictures I have a 69 vintage RR flavor I am building. It appears your dad moved both wheel openings up into the body even including the flare extension off of the rear.

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