L.A. TIMES GRAND PRIX: Riverside Raceway 1960

The first major race at Riverside Raceway was held in 1957 as a SCCA national event and American icon racer Dan Gurney won a production race in his big time coming out in racing. In 1958 the first LA Times GP was held with some International names such as Jo Bonnier, Roy Salvadori and Jean Behra coming to run against top drivers from the US such as Phil Hill, Jerry Unser, Dan Gurney and Chuck Daigh in the American built SCARAB. Not many larger events were held at Riverside in 1959 with the track and ownership financial problems but in 1960, with some new cash infused, the next Los Angeles Times Gran Prix was held with both Sports Cars and Formula 1 cars.

In our recent moving adventures, we have come back across some older 8mm film of the 1960 event, that was shot by my Dad and my Uncle who attended that race at Riverside and we are digitizing the footage that shows some good stuff from up through the esses to famous turn 6. Below are just a couple of relatively blurey screen shots, but the film footage is being cleaned up and a bit of background music to be added with the intention of posting also on You-Tube soon…

Stay tuned and TACH IT UP…………………!!!

Dan Gurney in “OLD YELLER” during the ’60 race heading up towards Turn 6

Chuck Daigh, I think, in one of Lance Reventlow’s SCARAB’s

Pete Lovely at speed in his awesome FERRARI.

Lister-Chevy ” Knobbly”…….unknown driver, need to look up.

Formula 1 Maserati

Our new “Draft” disc in rough cut to be edited and put up soon…..


One thought on “L.A. TIMES GRAND PRIX: Riverside Raceway 1960

  1. Even after seeing this footage again and getting it digitally reproduced and posted on You Tube, I am still amazed at how much green long grass and vegetation is on the slope banks coming up through the eases. When we ran there in the late 70’s, slopes had been pushed back and they were almost completely barren. Typical desert at the time..

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