"Today's Formula 1 series exceeds in hoopla and track design even the classic "Indie" race. But it was not always so. In 1960, the final year of the 2.5 litre formula, the last race of the season was the US Grand Prix, staged at the Riverside Raceway. As one can see in the accompanying photos, the paddock facilities were small canopies, and there were no garages. In fact, cars were prepared in garages in the city of Riverside, and some were driven on the street to the track. Facilities for spectators - no problem - the Als and Annies (the slang for porta-potties) were scattered about, and a vendor tent might take care of your gastronomic needs. Anyone recognize Riverside's homie, Dan Gurney, in the paddock?
The venture was a financial failure, offering little money and attracting relatively few spectators. The race wasn't so hot, either. But the driver's list was just outstanding. In order of finish, Stirling Moss, Innes Ireland, Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham, Jo Bonnier, Phil Hill, Jim Hall, Roy Salvadori, Wolfgang von Trips, Chuck Daigh, Pete Lovely, Olivier Gendebien, Bob Drake, Henry Taylor, Maurice Trintignant, Jim Clark. Not finishing were, Graham Hill, Ian Burgess, Brian Naylor, Dan Gurney, Ron Flockhart, Tony Brooks, and John Surtees.
It was the only Formula 1 race I have ever seen - I was a scrutineer for the Cal Club at the time."
|U.S. Grand Prix Riverside Start/Finish. Image Copyright, Marty Goldsmith|
|U.S. Grand Prix Riverside heading into turn one. Image Copyright, Marty Goldsmith|
|U.S. Grand Prix Riverside turn two. Image Copyright, Marty Goldsmith|
|U.S. Grand Prix Riverside, notice the fuel cans. Image Copyright, Marty Goldsmith|
|U.S. Grand Prix Riverside, not the pits you would see today. Image Copyright, Marty Goldsmith|
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