Morning Qualifying – V.I.S.I.T. edition

Must be one of dem funny ferrin cars.
So there you are, on your way to another day in your plastic fantastic, Madison Avenue scene, when you see this over the hood of your new Edsel.

Whatsa matter, feller? Don't that thing have turn signals?
If you were driving home from the bar to church in Riverside, California on the morning of November 20, 1960, you too could have shared the road with the greats of Formula 1.  Alec Ulmann brought the 2nd United States Grand Prix to Riverside, promising an even greater spectacle than the LA Times Grand Prix for sports cars which drew over 70,000 to Riverside Raceway a few months earlier.  Otis Chandler, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, did not take kindly to Ulmann’s boast and instituted a blackout of all pre-race coverage of the event.  The rest of Southern California’s media outlets followed suit, resulting in a sparsely attended race.  Attendance was, in fact, so low (a little under 25,000, about 1/4th what Ulmann had anticipated), that Ulmann had to reach into his own pockets to pay the prize and appearance fees.  Fortunately for Ulmann, he found a more favorable and supportive environment for the US GP the following year at Watkins Glen.
These photos, of Maurice Trintignant and his Cooper T53 and John Surtees’ Lotus 18, were taken by legendary motor sport photographer Bernard Cahier.  Are their any native Riverside County residents out there in the Hooniverse who can tell us where these photos were taken?
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  1. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    The second pic is University Avenue. Thats the old University Motors down the street, 1654 is the address on top of the sign. Top pic appears to be on the 60 fwy headed over the hill from downtown to Riverside Raceway. Sadly, not a trace of it left now.

  2. Froggmann_ Avatar

    Joe's right on the University motors pic. But the only things still remotely recognizable are the palm trees:
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    The highway pic is the northbound 215 just past the Watkins/Central intersection:
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  3. Tomsk Avatar

    Those pics are badass out the ears. Can you imagine modern racecars having to drive to and from the track to and from offsite garages? It would be an amazing spectacle in and of itself, and great free promotion.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      They tried that recently with a V8 Supercar on Top Gear Australia. It didn't go so well. It overheated and couldn't make it around most corners.

      1. joshuman Avatar

        Clearly the host needed to slide around the corners and not "go" around them. Of course he'd have to have be much more acclimated to the clutch first.

  4. cmcpokey Avatar

    I grew up in Moreno Valley, only a few blocks from the raceway (though it closed when I was 7 or so) and the second i saw those, i knew exactly where they were. Amazing thing to see I'm sure. After living the last few years in Monterey, I got used to seeing epic cars driving around in August (John Shirley's 1957 250 TR Prototipo remains the coolest) it is still amazing to think of the F1 cars tooling around Riverside.