Robert Turner

Talladega pits 1

David Pearson at Talladega
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
Donnie Allison with Runt Pittman front tire changerin front of car, Wayne Ellington on the jack, right behind him John Boney tire carrier with rear tire changer Jimmy ''Giddyup'' Gideon looking over the roof of the car and Tom Stanley catching gas and long tallNorman Chafin filling it up...This''rag tag'' bunch were FAST hwerever they went...This crew was definitely NOT conventional when compared to others!
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
crew was definitelt right although this may be a shot Pearson
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
This is Pearson, he sat on the pole in Hoss' car.
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
Thanks Robert, you are right it is David and yes he did get the pole....I was thinking '79 not '80 when I referred to D.A.
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
Donnie gave Hoss' cars several good rides. Here is Atlanta victory lane, this is with camera held over head as I couldn't get in victory lane that day.
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
Thanks again Robert. First time I have ever saw this photo...''Giddyup'' on theright side of picturepointing at something (female if I were placing a bet) Looks like David Chobat ,photographerright over his shoulder(not sure ) Wayn Elington (jackman) , Hoss's little brother leaning on the right front fender leaving Donnie standing there alone with a w.t.f. look on his face. Believe that is Bill Broderick in sunglasses in front of D.A. Great picture!
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
Yep, that's the late David Chobat and the very much alive Bill Brodrick from Union 76 (understand he has a bar now) directing traffic, victory lane was never the same after NASCAR took it over and tried to run it. Here's a couple more for you to check out. I have six or eight of these, I may try to post them in an album over on my photos.
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
I have some great 8x10's that David shot in the mid 80's...Chobat was a likable fellow. One thing about Bill Broderick , he was always sporting a bevy of beauties...I always thought he had the absolute worst job in all of motorsports.... Not. These shots bring back some great memories and some good friends whom I plan to visit the end of this month at the annual ''Runt Pittman'' pig pickin'. He has hosts one every March. I appreciate all the oldies that you share, thanks Robert..
TMC Chase
@tmc-chase   7 years ago
Drifting a bit from the original photo here - but pics below brutally remind me the King's near miss in November 1978. He battled Dave Marcis to the stripe to break that long losing streak. Except he didn't - because Donnie was well ahead of them both. Dadgum it.
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
Yes, that old car could be a winner on any given day in that era..It would probably have done so more often were it not for the ''experimental'' type engineering stuff thingamajiggies that this teams cars sported on occasion.Those cars run in the front or broke, one or the other. TMC, is the race you were referring to the one where it took half the night to decide that Donnie had won it after all ? ....Boy that was a cluster was it not..
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
The "experimental" parts Hoss could come up with were something else. I was friends with NASCAR inspector Jim Graham and he would tell me about some of the things they would find. Milled slides in the intake to open up the carb opening, extra snow mobile carb under the intake and a few other things. Rough day at the office!!!!
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
Something like this?? Sorry the quality isn't better but sometimes stuff happens!
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
I remember Jim Graham..He worked for Dick Beatty and with Joe Gazaway... Yes, the creative list is very long in that teams history. You ought to have heard some of the ideas that were thrown around and never used... I personally had a hand in a couple of tricks in the 80's. Robert Larkins and myself made a dry ice gas cooler and hid it in the nose of the car for the '86 Firecracker 400- Sterling Marlin...Got caught, $5,000 fine to Hoss, had to qualify second day and wound up with the pole winning speed without the cooler and had to start 21st. Served us right although Sterling still finished second to Tim Richmond after Richmond snookered him on a late race restart. One thing though, the fact is that we were not nearly as good at getting away with this stuff as some teams were, and most all were definitely not in compliance in one way or another... The team just took it to extreme in Hoss's name on occasion and he had a good time with it when caught...He relished the attention..Quoting Hoss on a pitstop conversation with driver Lakespeed, Lake speaking... "Hoss, what are we doing 2 or 4 tires?, Hoss..." Hold on Lake I'm talking to the T.V. guy" ..That happened and he was serious!...Never a dull moment
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
Jim Graham at Daytona in '75 with the winning car of Benny Parsons going to victory lane.
William Horrell
@william-horrell   7 years ago
Good photo of Jim..Boy is he young here or what?
Robert Turner
@robert-turner   7 years ago
I know that Jim quit working with NASCAR years ago, I lost touch with him some time ago and wonder if anyone knows how he is now or where he might be.
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