Too Much Fun?
The 1962 season got off to an exhausting start for Los Angeles gearheads and National Hot Rod Association workers. Wally Parks scheduled his second editions of the Winternationals car show and gas-only Winternationals drags for back-toback weeks, starting January 31 with show setup and finally concluding 18 days later with rain-delayed eliminations.
HOT ROD’S Tex Smith happened upon this relaxed team early one morning of the second race weekend, February 17-18, 1962. Not even bright Pomona sunlight and hundreds of uncorked headers disturbed the sleepyheads, though the boyfriend in the Pontiac looks a bit perturbed. He appears to be the only one aware of the camera.
Fifty-seven years later, that kid is pushing 80—and possibly still wondering whether such a weird shot ever got published. Now that it has been, we’re hoping that a reader will recognize and alert him or his pals. We’d love to share their story here.
Meanwhile, turn to the 1962 installment of “Backstage Past” in this issue, page 58, for additional outtakes from both Winternationals events. —DAVE WALLACE