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Photo ID # c01.10.06_A02_PIC_FLM_0060_1
Car #: #A4, #A2A
Driver (s) : Bob Pickell is in Fred Brian's Circle A2A (blue) and Charlie Cregar, Brian's Circle A4
Location: Flemington
Date: 1961?
Photographer: Gene Koppenhaver
Photo provided by: Russ Dodge
Comments: Comment from Russ:  This my favorite photo which sums up Flemington's first turn to me. Coupes and coaches! Trees right outside the guard rail. Full inside guard rail fence at the edge of the track. Low bleachers on the outside of the track.

One night when we arrived too late to get our seats in the covered grandstand, we sat there. It was a cold night. We got so cold we went and took the terry cloth seat cover off of my buddy's 1960 Corvair coupe and wrapped ourselves with it! Being young, we thought it was a great idea.

Anyway, back to the photo. Bob Pickell is in Fred Brian's Circle A2A (blue) and Charlie Cregar, Brian's Circle A4. I really like the way the sun is setting lighting up the cars and the pagoda. 

In 1963 the trees came out and the higher bleachers were installed around the outside.

A special thanks to Gene Koppenhaver for sharing the slide to produce this photo. Gene was with the Brian crew. Thanks for listening to one of my memories of Flemington's first turn. Russ Dodge (from other slides I date this photo 1961 but would welcome a correction)

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01/11/06 Tom Berry Jr. As a kid I traveled to Flemington with my Dad, Nat Klienfield and Joe McGowan to Flemington from North Jersey. I got to see some races from the Pagoda where Nat announced from back then, it was pretty cool. Joe was the starter and my Dad was a Nascar Cheif steward. He normally worked Old Bridge and Wall stadium but whe Wall left Nascar in the early sixties he would occasionally work Flemington , I remember we all stopped at the circle diner before the ride home.
01/12/06 Nascar4824 My Uncle Bob ran there at the time in his # J61 in the Sportsman /Novice
class . I think Fred Brian was a friend of his.