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Here is a picture of the window net I have. The netting is a little heavier than volleyball netting, almost like basketball netting but not as stretchy. Not sure when NASCAR went to all webbing on the window nets but I ran similar to this in the 80's on short tracks.
If my memory is correct the #00 had a Holman-Moody window net. It had white netting and webbing around the outside and the horizontal webbing that runs just above the door had a H-M label sown in it. I still have one that may have been the one used on this car, at the very least it is just like it in shape and color. The top front corner of the net was angled to fit along the A post. This was done to get the front of the net forward enough to also help keep the drivers hand and forearm inside the car.
In the draft.
On the grid.
Inver House Bama 200
Talladega International Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 5, 1972
The fourth race of the 1972 season for the Grand American Challenge Series brought the cars to Talladega for the 3rd edition of the Bama 200 on the 4 mile road course and was the 5th points race of the year. The event was sanctioned by both NASCAR and IMSA. Four classes of IMSA cars and the Grand American cars would compete on the road course at the same time for separate purses. The Grand American cars were inspected by NASCAR and the Camel GT cars were inspected by IMSA with both groups having separate garages and pit areas. The four classes of IMSA Camel GT cars were GTO, GTU, TO and TU with engine size being the primary difference in the classes. There were 37 Camel GT cars and 15 GA cars. The events title sponsor was Inver House Distillers Limited, makers of Scottish Malt Wiskey.
Paul Tyler earned the pole position for the GA cars in a Camaro. Dr. Wilbur Pickett was the first car across the finish line in a Camel GT Corvette a little over a lap ahead of Tiny Lund who was the first GA car across the line. H.B. Bailey and Lund had battled for the GA lead early but Bailey faded and Lund went on to put a lap on the second GA car of Paul Tyler. The GA purse was a little over $15,000 and the IMSA purse was $12,000.
Grand American Results
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 Tiny Lund 55 ’72 Firebird 49 Running
2 1 Paul Tyler 79 ’69 Camaro 48 Running
3 Roy Stamey 25 ’69 Camaro 48 Running
4 Wayne Andrews 97 ’70 Mustang 46 Running
5 Randy Bannister 26 ’69 Camaro 44 Running
6 Ernie Shaw 17 ’70 Mustang 42 Engine
7 Rick Newsom 07 ’69 Cougar 42 Running
8 H. B. Bailey 36 ’72 Firebird 33
9 Gary Myers 41 ’70 Mustang 32 Engine
10 Billy Hagan 52 ’70 Mustang 29 Running
11 Glenn Brewer 19 ’69 Camaro 19 Engine
12 Jimmy Lee Capps 90 ‘69 Camaro 5 Engine
13 Richard Childress ’69 Camaro 4
14 Herb Kanady 23 ’69 Camaro 1
15 Joe Hollingsworth 16 ’70 Mustang 0
Tiny Lund Pontiac Firebird
When the Grand American competitors left Talladega the only thing they knew about the future of the series was that there were no more GA races on the schedule. No announcements from the governing body came out. Most all of them had plenty of races to prepare for though in the Grand National East, Late Model Sportsman, USAC, ARCA and even Winston Cup series.
Point Standings after Talladega
At the end of the season the point standings after Talladega became the final standings and Wayne Andrews was named the 1972 Grand American Champion. Wayne was the only driver to earn points in all five events and the only driver to have three top five finishes. The new point system was designed to place an emphasis on miles completed in competition and even though Wayne did not win a race he did that better than any other GA driver. Superspeedways awarded more points than short tracks and bonus points were awarded for each lap of competition with longer tracks giving more bonus points than short tracks. Bob Williams of Jackson, Miss. was named the 1972 GA Rookie of the Year and Tiny Lund was voted Most Popular GA Driver.
Ken Piper presents Wayne Andrews with Championship trophy
And now the other part of the Inver House Bama 200
Camel GT Results
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Group
1 Wilbur Pickett 2 Corvette 50 1. GTO
2 Tony DeLorenzo 78 Corvette 49 2. GTO
3 Dan Daughtry 94 Corvette 49 3. GTO
4 Gene Felton 95 Camaro 49 4. GTO
5 Tom Hehl 47 Camaro 48 1. TO
6 Hurley Haywood 59 Porsche 48 1. GTU
7 Michael Keyser 1 Porsche 48 2. GTU
8 John O’Steen 43 Porsche 46 3. GTU
9 Phil Currin 99 Corvette 46 5. GTO
10 Pete Harrison 0 Porsche 46 4. GTU
11 John Floyd 18 Corvette 45 6. GTO
12 Vince Gimondo 27 Camaro 45 2. TO
13 Robert Stoddard 6 Porsche 44 5. GTU
14 John Elliot 80 Camaro 41 3. TO
15 Dennis Shaw 88 Opel 40 1. TU
16 Pat McIntyre 85 Camaro 39 4. TO
17 Bob Christiansen 72 Camaro 38 5. TO
18 Clay Young 7 Camaro 37 6. TO
19 John Diamanti 86 Alfa Romeo 37 2. TU
20 Robert Henning 21 Javelin 34 7. TO
21 Garrett Waddell 15 Corvette 33 7. GTO
22 Bert Gafford 89 Camaro 25 8. TO
23 Lynn South 34 Corvette 22 8. GTO
24 Don Duplass 84 Escort 14 3. TU
25 Ralston Long 9 Corvette 9 9. GTO
26 Richard Presnell 77 Shelby GT 1 10. GTO
27 H.W. Alexander 30 Pinto 1 4. TU
PAUL REVERE 250
Daytona International Speedway
Friday, July 3, 1972
The third stand alone race of the 1972 season for the Grand American Challenge Series brought the cars back to Daytona Beach Florida for the 6th edition of the Paul Revere 250 on the 3.81 mile road course and the 4th points race of the year. The event was opened for GN drivers to enter and IMSA drivers. Bobby Allison signed on to drive the Melvin Joseph Mustang. Dr. Wilbur Pickett would team up with H.B. Bailey in one of Bailey’s Firebirds. SCCA and IMSA regulars Javier Garcia, Tom Nehl and Vince Gimondo also fielded entries.
Bobby Allison averaged a speed of 108.066 mph to earn the pole position with H.B. Bailey along side in a Firebird at a speed of 107.380 mph. Wilbur Pickett started third at 105.790 mph with Wayne Andrews in a Mustang fourth at 105.390 mph. Jimmy Lee Capps at 104.103 mph in a Camaro was fifth with Havier Garcia sixth at 102.929 mph. Randy Bannister was seventh at 102.378 mph and Ernie Shaw eighth at 98.875 mph. Baxter Price was ninth at 98.013 mph and Jerry Huflin tenth at 97.087 mph. Billy Hagan was eleventh with Jimmy Vaughn the next fastest but did not make the grid. Jim Paschal started 12th after posting a speed of 107.952 mph in a Camaro that would have been good enough for a front row position but it came in the second round of qualifying.
At the drop of the green on the back stretch it was Allison taking the lead until his brakes began to fade giving Bailey the chance to move to the front. After 13 laps Allison was in the garage with no brakes. Early mechanical trouble also side lined Jim Paschal and Tiny Lund. By this time Vince Gimondo had moved from the 21st starting spot to second behind Bailey. Vince had posted a qualifying speed of 104.293 mph which would have been good enough to put him in the fifth starting spot but because he had to remove an electric fuel pump, move the battery and obtain steel wheels to meet NASCAR rules he missed the first qualifying session. By lap 44 Andrews had dropped a valve leaving only Bailey and Gimondo to challenge for the win. Bailey led a total of 45 laps and had the advantage on the big track but Gimondo was better on the road course, they dueled for the lead until Bailey spun and when he spun the second time he tore out the transmission ending his day after 58 laps. 61 laps was the total for last years winner, Buck Baker, as he watched the end of the race from pit road. Gimondo cruised to victory by over a lap on second place finisher Tom Nehl and four laps ahead of third place finisher Jimmy Capps. Baker placed fourth.
Gimondo collected $4,750 of the $19,550 purse and was his second win at Daytona that year.
Fin. St. Driver # Car Laps Status
1 21 Vince Gimondo 38 ’71 Camaro 67 Running
2 Tom Nehl 41 ’71 Camaro 66 Running
3 5 Jimmy Lee Capps 90 ‘69 Camaro 63 Running
4 Buck Baker 87 ’72 Firebird 61 DNF
5 9 Baxter Price 3 ’69 Camaro 61 Running
6 8 Ernie Shaw 17 ’70 Mustang 60 Running
7 3 Wilbur Pickett 96 ’72 Firebird 59 Running
8 2 H. B. Bailey 36 ’72 Firebird 58 Tranny
9 6 Javier Garcia 42 ’71 Camaro 56 Running
10 Pee Wee Wentz 5 ’69 Camaro 55 Running
11 Joe Hollingsworth 16 ’70 Mustang
12 4 Wayne Andrews 97 ’70 Mustang 43 Engine
13 7 Randy Bannister 26 ’69 Camaro
14 Herb Kanady 23 ’69 Camaro 19
15 Billy Hagan 52 ’70 Mustang 19
16 1 Bobby Allison 49 ’70 Mustang 13 Brakes
17 10 Jerry Hufflin 75 ’69 Camaro
18 12 Jim Paschal 14 ’72 Camaro 2
19 Tiny Lund 55 ’72 Firebird 2
20 Jim Hailey 4 ’71 Javelin 1
21 Bobby Fleming 54 ’70 Camaro 0
Bobby Allison first on the starting grid.
Orlando Porsche dealer Vince Gimondo, easy to see why they called him Vince Kojack.
Wayne Andrews with the Jack StClair Pipeline Special
Point Standings after Daytona
If memory serves me correctly dad was at this race and told me that Curtis stopped on pit road after the race, got out, sat on the car and downed 2 beers before climbing back in the car and going to victory lane. No wasting of a beverage then like they do today by spraying it all over the place.