Category archives for: Racing History

Jacky Ickx: The Forgotten Race

The crashed Ford of driver Jacky Ickx being towed back to the garage following a practice crash at Daytona Int'l Speedway in February 1969. (Smyle Media Photo)

The men and machines associated with speed take many forms, cross many oceans and come in numerous nationalities. Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Jim Clark, all champion drivers who excelled in various forms of motorsport. They tested themselves against the best in the world and won.

PHOTOS: Classic Martinsville Late Models

The lineup for the April 1979 Late Model race at Martinsville Speedway. (Keith Smith/Smyle Media Photo)

Check out vintage photos from late model events held at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. This gallery is courtesy of Don Smyle, who is the owner of Smyle Media & Marketing, a motorsports consulting, licensing and media development company. Don currently manages a photo database featuring more than 200,000 classic racing images from every level of motorsports, including NASCAR, Indy car, Formula One and drag racing. Learn more about Don Smyle and Smyle Media & Marketing by visiting www.smylemedia.com.

Ralph Earnhardt’s First Grand National Start

Ralph Earnhardt is seen taking the checkered flag to finish second at Hickory Motor Speedway in 1956 during his first NACAR Grand National start. (Don Hunter/Smyle Media Photo)

Ralph Earnhardt’s aggressive but smooth driving style made him a crowd favorite throughout the Southeast during his career. His natural ability to master the treacherous and dusty dirt tracks which dotted the farmland and empty pastures around Kannapolis, N.C., would make him a hometown favorite and a two-time NASCAR modified champion.

PHOTOS: 1963 Golden State 400

The No. 22 of Fireball Roberts prior to the start of the 1963 Golden State 400 at Riverside Int'l Raceway. Roberts was driving for the Holman Moody race team. (Don Brown/Smyle Media Photo)

Check out vintage photos from the 1963 Golden State 400, held at Riverside Int’l Raceway in Riverside, Calif. This gallery is courtesy of Don Smyle, who is the owner of Smyle Media & Marketing, a motorsports consulting, licensing and media development company. Don currently manages a photo database featuring more than 200,000 classic racing images from every level of motorsports, including NASCAR, Indy car, Formula One and drag racing. Learn more about Don Smyle and Smyle Media & Marketing by visiting www.smylemedia.com.

Speed Record Attempt Nearly Killed Panch

Marvin Panch is seen sitting inside the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford at Daytona Int'l Speedway in 1963. (Marvin Panch Collection Photo)

With a light rain falling NASCAR icon Marvin Panch invites us inside his temporary home away from home. Parked across the street from Charlotte Motor Speedway, Panch has driven his motorhome from Florida to visit with old friends and spend time with fans prior to the Bank of America 500.

PHOTOS: 1976 United States Grand Prix

Niki Lauda racing the No. 1 Scuderia Ferrari 015 during the 1976 United States Formula One Grand Prix in Long Beach. (Smyle Media Archives Photo)

Check out vintage photos from the 1976 United States Grand Prix, held in Long Beach, Calif. This gallery is courtesy of Don Smyle, who is the owner of Smyle Media & Marketing, a motorsports consulting, licensing and media development company. Don currently manages a photo database featuring more than 200,000 classic racing images from every level of motorsports, including NASCAR, Indy car, Formula One and drag racing. Learn more about Don Smyle and Smyle Media & Marketing by visiting www.smylemedia.com.

1969 Daytona 500, Ford Versus NASCAR

It was Ford versus Dodge in the 1969 Daytona 500. Here, eventual race winner LeeRoy Yarbrough (98) races his Ford against Buddy Baker. (Don Hunter/Smyle Media Photo)

As NASCAR teams rolled into Daytona Int’l Speedway for the unofficial start to the 1969 season one thing was certain, change was the only constant.

The Mad Dog’s Daytona Speed Test

DAYTONA FLYER: Built by Bob Osiecki, the Mad Dog IV reached a top speed of 181.561 mph with Art Malone behind the wheel at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Seeking publicity for his new race track in 1960, entrepreneur and NASCAR founder Bill France offered $10,000 to anyone who could lap Daytona Int’l Speedway at 180 mph.

Recalling The 1969 Florida Citrus 250

Led by polesitter Don Yenko and second-place starter Parnelli Jones, the field for the 1969 Florida Citrus 250 rolls off pit road at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Smyle Media Photo)

As the 1969 edition of Speedweeks at Daytona Int’l Speedway got under way several changes were introduced that altered a couple of the more traditional racing formats.

Howard Cosell – Eyewitness To Tragedy

Howard Cosell is seen between WMJX station owner Paul Benson (right) and an unidentified man after landing at the Florence Airport in 1960 (Smyle Media Photo)

The inaugural Southern 500 was held in 1950 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and both local and national media were on hand to cover the event.

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