I dug deep through the archives to find a program to go with this, but nothing from ’66. ’67 yes, but no ’66, so we’ll have to do with a screen shot.
1966, the year before the summer of love. We still had gogo dancing, fast cars and race tracks with next to no thoughts towards safety. This great old broadcast of the 1966 Player’s 200 for sports cars shows all of it. Bruce McLaren was the winner of both 100 mile heat races in a McLaren M1B-Oldsmobile. The most interesting stuff to watch is the differences between now and then. No walls, ditches beside the track and certainly no catch fences. Pit lane is completely open and crew members walked to the side of the track to display the pit board. That’s right, pit boards were used to communicate with the driver, as there was no such thing as on track radio in those days. Keep an eye out for one young lady crossing pit lane to display the board…in her bare feet!
Great video after the break courtesy of Youtube user MGBAdams. He has some other cool old footage that we may just have to post another day.