In the spring of 1968 my wife and son and I moved to the real world away from the mountains and skiing. We chose Toronto. Jobs as now are often found through family and friends. This again proved to be true. Through the same man who got me the Dunlop job I applied for a job as a recreation councilor at the Ontario Crippled Children Center. I really had little qualifications other than I was a man, which was difficult for them to find one interested in working with kids, and I had a sports background. The kids turned out to be a wonderful addition to my life. Many had challenges they would never overcome. Many were results of serious accidents or in the case of the Thalidomide children, the result of a drug that had not been properly tested and prescribed by doctors to suppress morning sickness in pregnant Mothers. I was excited and wanted to involve them in experiences they would never have if left to their own devices or families. I contacted the Don Valley Ski Center in Don Mills and got them to donate rental equipment and facilities to introduce the kids to skiing. We took them to events in a beat up shit-box Chevy van that should not have been on the road, but without it we would not be going anywhere. One of the things I introduced them to was auto racing. [Read more…]
1972 was the year Alice Cooper released School’s Out and I’m sure it could be heard in The Pit at Mosport during the Grand Prix weekend, even though school had just started for the fall. I’m sure all those Mutton Chop wearing Grand Prix types in the paddock were more into the Euro bands like ABBA.
Sitting on the pole was Peter Revson, with a time of 1:13.6 which is still a smokin’ fast time today. The man with the turtleneck, Jackie Stewart won the race in his Ford powered Tyrrell, beating Revson by less than 1 second.
Complete results after the break
Next up from the Ranta Collection is the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix. I know I was at this one, but at only 2 years old I don’t have any stories. The 90 lap race was won by Jacky Ickx, with Jack Brabham in second and Jochen Rindt taking third spot on the podium.
One of the many good things that came from the days of tobacco sponsorship is the wealth of memorable marketing images. The back cover of the program is home to the Player’s Navy Cut brand.
ed note: I’ve added this gallery in after the original publishing. These photos are larger resolution when opened so they can be read. You may have to scroll down the page to close image depending on your monitor settings.
The Garage has more like this in the archives