Andrew's Air Force Base in the 50's
Ed, that is such a cool video. The last shot with three is the car reminded me of the 60's when my entire under 11AFL football team used to pile into the coaches pickup and trailer to go to away matches. All 20 of us.
Nostalgia at its best.
Equally amazing is the sheer number of sports cars! Makes C&C seems miniscule.
And the guys wearing white bucks to change a tire, now that's style and class!!
BTW - we have a smilar event in California each year; the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival held at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.
NAS North Island, autumn 1958; I'm a young Navy lieutenant, discipline officer and ass't legal officer, NAS Alameda. My boss, Cdr George Kurtz, legal officer NAS, had a good friend - not Navy - whose son was a white hat at NAS North Island and had been charged with stealing a hub cap off a civilian car in Coronado. I flew down to North Island in a Grumman S2F/TF-1, interviewed the kid and negotiated with the legal officer and the C.O. NAS North Island a plea to a lesser included offense. It got him busted from 3d class P.O. to seaman and a month in the brig but avoided the inevitable bad conduct discharge. I can still see the San Diego hills and, as the TF banked to line up the runway, Coronado Island. Hard to believe it's 57 years! Mike Hawthorn was about to win the F1 world championship, victor in just one race, the Frenh G.P., while Stirling Moss won four races, finished second once, but DNF'ed in five races and lost the WDC by a single point. Interesting F1 season in that Juan Manuel Fangio driving a Maserati 250F finished fourth in the season's first race, his home Argentine G.P. and it was his last F1 race.
Just "slightly" before I got there, but I got to stay a bit longer....
I was stationed there right after I got my wings in 1986 until 2005.
It actually hasn't changed that much since you were there.
Sadly, I can't say the same for NAS Alameda.
Or NAS Oakland.
or NAS Moffett Field - wish I'd seen some of the air ships that sailed out of Moffett, Admiral!
Recognitions galore! First image of the very first series Corvette, then Gentleman Jim Kimberly in the #5 Ferrari, noticed Briggs Cunningham and toward the very end, sports car enthusiast and TV personality Dave Garroway. That's exactly the kind of air base racing I did in the late 1950s in my little TR3, a very few years later than this video. Noticed a ton of Jaguar 120s, an OSCA MT4, the second red Ferrari 375 and the white 166 or 212, couple of Allards, likely Cadillac or Chrysler Hemi-powered, several Porsches and a ton of MGs, including the TF race winner.
How about the le Mans start, standing across the track from one's car till the flag, then running to the car, jump in and hope the thing starts. As always, at least one car doesn't. One thing to notice was the enormous difference in terminal speed between, say, the Ferraris and the MG's.
Then some of the non-race cars, an original series Corvette, a Kaiser-Darrin, a GM 'concept car' prtobably for a world's fair or something, and a (then) modern interpretation of Lincoln Continental.
WOW! Thanks for the memories!
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