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Photo ID # a12.19.04_010_LIS_FLM_0070_1
Car #: #10
Driver (s) : Ray Liss
Location: Flemington
Date: 1970's
Photographer: Bill Young
Photo provided by: Herb Hoskins
Comments: Who says "Nice guys finish last....?"  Well, there's another myth busted as one of the sports nicest guys Ray Liss is shown above with one of his many sportsman feature event wins he picked up along the way in the early 70's in his innovative homebuilt racers.  A little birdy told me that one of the reason these little "Liss" cars worked well was because Ray had the motor sitting pretty low, which meant with the right guy behind the wheel, the car had plenty of go!

I saw Ray at a recent Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club (GSVSCC) meeting the other night and realizing that the Matheny School Benifit was coming up, Ray quickly took off his hat, threw in a sizable donation from his pocket and passed it around for the great cause.  By the time the hat made it around the room, a few hundred $'s were collected which the club members quickly voted to match.  Bottom line is that it started with an idea, and it started with Ray Liss. 

You know that other saying "If you snooze you lose!", well that one is still alive and well as I heard that Ray recentley sold this #10 to a fellow vintage racer in North Carolina.  I was busy snoozing or it would be sitting in my garage right now as I really wanted to see the car stay in NJ, as a way for us all to remember the great nights of watching Ray, with the little "smiley face" on the side of the car taking the checker at Flemington. 

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12/20/04 Jeff McClung Ray Liss was my favorite in the mid-70's, running against guy's like Joe Hall, Les Katona, Newt Hartman, just to name a few, the sportsman class at Flemington was as good as most headline division classes in the mid-70's.