Jack Walker

9th Annual Tobacco Bowl

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The 9th Annual Tobacco Bowl was held at Bowman Gray Stadium on the rain date of January 1, 1963. The race was won by Ed Flemke from New Britain, CT for the 2nd consecutive year.
LAVERNE ZACHARY
@laverne-zachary   6 years ago
CMS mascot also came to Hillsboro on March 10,1963 along with Jane Mansfield who was in the winners circle with race winner Junior Johnson.
Jack Walker
@jack-walker   6 years ago
I wonder what ever happened to the Cheetah ?
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   6 years ago
Race report from Spartanburg Herald .
LAVERNE ZACHARY
@laverne-zachary   6 years ago
Perhaps the Cheetah became Jane Mansfields coat?
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   6 years ago
First CMS couldn't find the cheetah, as reported in the Hendersonville, NC paper in 1962. Then the cheetah was given a name very similar to today's carolina Panthers' mascot, "Sir Purr" as reported by Jim Foster in the Spartanburg paper. Finally the cheetah was put on the road to promote CMS events. The photos below are from the Norfolk, Virginia paper and show Marvin Panch in Norfolk with the cheetah. Considering Panch's Ford & Mercury connection, perhaps a cougar would have been more appropriate.
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   6 years ago
Maybe this story is where the writers of Talladega Nights got their idea for the scenes of Ricky Bobby re-learning how to race by having a Cougar in his car.
Jack Walker
@jack-walker   6 years ago
Jack Walker
@jack-walker   6 years ago
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   6 years ago
Appears CMS was 50 years ahead of the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, National Geographic and Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens cheetahs race Tennessee Titan, Chicago Bear Nov. 2013 - Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. National Geographic has pitted two of the fastest football players against cheetahs from Busch Gardens in Tampa to see who could cross the finish line first.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the one-hour documentary was taped at Busch Gardens' Cheetah Run exhibit in early May. Two cheetahs, Jenna and Nave, compete against Chris Johnson, a running back for the Tennessee Titans, and Devin Hester, a wide receiver and kick returner for the Chicago Bears.
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   6 years ago
From a 2012 Mark Auman story about Tiny Lund at NASCAR.com: But Lund may be remembered more for some of the best practical jokes involving nakedness ever pulled in the sport's history. Buddy Baker was the butt of one involving Charlotte Motor Speedway's cheetah mascot. "For some reason, Tiny thought it would be clever to put this cat in my bedroom and leave it," Baker said during a TNN driver's reunion special in 1999. "So I come home after being out with the racing group and I got in kind of late. I didn't even worry about turning the lights on, got my clothes off and pulled the sheet up to my head ... and I heard this purr. "I flipped the light on and this cat was directly in my face. With that, I went through the hallway on my hands and knees -- I never even stood up -- and slammed head-on into the door. I finally got it open and ran out. Everybody was running because I was running, and I thought they were running because the cat was after me. And there's Tiny with that cat, laughing himself to death -- and me in my birthday suit."
Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton   6 years ago
That cheetah was last spotted in the back of Tony Stewart's hauler.
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   last year
Bump
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