Independent from Long Beach, California on February 28, 1969 · Page 33
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 33

Long Beach, California
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Friday, February 28, 1969
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Ascot 'Ruler' Van Leeuwen Runs in Fast Company Sunday IMPORTED 1 NEPEND£NTJAM) from Hie factory to the dealer to meet current dealer demands. By BILL EMERY By ALLEN WOLFE Skip Van Leeuwen owns Ascot Park like Dan Gurney holds the principal blue chip victories at Riverside International Rate- way. Van Leeuwen, the 28- year-old salesman from Hollywood, will attempt to become the first four-time winner of the Tourist Trophy Motorcycle Grand Prix at Ascot Park Sunday afternoon. The 100-lap grind for the big machines has attracted a vast array of national talent for the ninth running of the spring classic. But that doesn't phase Van Leeuwen. The rugged, dusty- haired pro look the checkered flag in 1963, 1967 and 1968 to join Dick Dorresteyn of San Pablo as the only jockeys to win the Grand Prix three times, considered by many to be the most gruelling flat-track scramble in the country. Van Leeuwen is fresh from winning the 20-lap National TT racing championship at the Houston Astrodome two weeks ago and currently leads the country in American Motorcycle Assn. point standings. More than 100 riders have fijed entries for the Grand Prix but only 33 of the fastest qualifiers will line the starting grid for the 2:15 start The "Flying Dutchman" ·will negotiate more than 700 turns during the race in his highly modified Triumph cycle, should he go the full distance. Van Leeuwen's stiffest competition will come from Dusty Coppage of Burbank, who is the only rider to defeat Skip at Ascot in the last 18 months. Cal Rayborn of San Diego and Ralph White of Torrance, both winners of the §200,000 Suit Against Leo O Finally Settled A $200,000 assault and battery suit brought against colorful baseball figure Leo Uurocher was settled in Superior Court Thursday for a reported $3,500. The action was brought by engineer Robert J. Hallsworth, 33, who claimed Durocher struck him in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after a game on Aug. 16, 1964. He said he suffered a fractured jaw. Hallsworth, who at that time lived at 11744 Rives Ave., Downey, said he had been waiting in line by Durocher's car to obtain his autograph. Durocher, 62, now manager of the Chicago Cubs, admitted striking Hallsworth but claimed he had been provoked by insulting remarks. It was reported at the time that Durocher heard someone in the crowd yell, "How's your girlfriend? Are you going out with the mother or the daughter?" AMERICA CONTEST! '1*15 P WIN this 1969 AUSTIN AMERICA PLUS $1,000.00 CASH TO TRAVEL AMERICA. ANY LICENSED DRIVER ELIGIBLE FREE DRAW/NG Enter contest today at ARROW MOTORS T12 N. long leach ll»d., Compton 774-1414 lirvlci Dtpt. own lit. I i Cloirt Sunilari PERILS OF RACING Jack Simmons (88) of Lakewood, one of the nation's leading T.T. motorcycle racers, duels Cal Rayborn of San Diego during recent race at Ascot Park. Both will try to make the 33-rider starting field in Sunday's 100-lap Steeplechase Grand Prix at the 183rd St. and So. Vermont Ave. raceway. Races start at 2:15 p.m. with time trials at 11 a.m. famous Daytona 200-mile championship, have signed to compete. The Daytona event, rated ;is the cycle equivalent of the Indianapolis 500, is the longest and richest motorcycle event in the nation, Rayborn won the coveted Daytona title in 1968 and will drive his familiar Harley-Davidson rnacMns Sunday. White won the Florida classic in 1963 and will pilot a Triumph. Finally, Dick Mann of Schenectady, N.Y., the 1963 AMA Grand National riding champion, figures to be among the leaders when the race nears its conclusion. The 35-year-old Mann has raced for 17 seasons and has won. 14 national championship races, fifth on the all-time list. American Broadcasting Company's Wide World of Sports camera crew will video-tape the dust and dirt scramble for viewing over national television in two to three weeks. Ascot Park, located at 183rd St. and Vermont In Gardena, will open its gates at 11 a.m., the same time trials are scheduled to get underway. Admission is $3.50 for adults, children 8-12 are $1, and youngsters under eight are admitted free. HIGH GEAR -- Junior Thompson and Jolin Ma;manlan will debut their la!") creation, a 1969 Opfl Cadrt faslback with JSO-cublc Inch supercharged Chrvs- Icr heml engine, Saturday nloht at Lions' drao ttrlo. ThomDSon forecaiti 165 mph and 8.40 elapsed time for the radical car ... Separate fields of A/oa» and 13/gas supercharged cars wilt compete Sunday at Orange Counly International Raceway . .. Irwlndale Raceway will present the first annual Funny Car Festival Sunday with Maimanlan, Super-Chief, and "Stardust" Barracuda heading the prooram. Gates open at 9 a.m. and elimination! Itart at 1:30. Walter Michntr, president of a Jackson, Mich., oil company, has entered two turbocharoed Offenhausers for tr* 53rd Indianapolis 500 on May 30, bringing the total to 11 tha number of official cars entered . . . The debut of the U5AC National critmoteiwrilD trial tor ln*f cars will be Merch 30 at Phoenix International Raceway . . . Cala Yarborouglt, who won over $136,000 last year on 1he NASCAR circuit, has filed to drive In the Mint 400 on March 2325 for off the road vehicles. Imported car s;iles again set a record in January even though the dockworkers' strike had supplies shut off since Dec. 20, according to Automotive News, the newspaper of the industry. The shortage is beginning to tell, however, with many dealers clown to only a few days' supply and others in the Long Beach area virtually oul of (henew car business. Even if the settlement comes quickly, it will take time to refill pipelines and restock dealers. But January sot a record for the month with indicated retail sales of 83,700. It was the 21st month in a row that imports had reached a new high for a given month. Former peak for January was the indicated 71,800 sold a year ago. Individual records for January were racked up by Volkswagen, which accounted for -15,304 units alone; Toyota's 9,133 units more than doubled January 1968; and Datsun, Mercedes-Benz, Saab and BMW each established individual records. Other makes showing gains include Fiat, English Ford, Renault, Simca, Peugeot and British Lcyland group. Volkswagen has close to n month's supply of cars aboard ships tied up in L'.S. ports. A VW spokesman said 25 ships, holding 37.000 vehicles, will be able to unload ;ti U.S. docks as soon as longshoremen go b.ick to work. With the addition this year of the five-ship fleet of Toyota Mam car carriers. Toyota will have solved its biggest obstacle to increase sales in the U.S. -- lack of adequate transportation facilities COMPETITION EVENTS PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM^-C-5 · l.ono Beach, Calif., Frl., Rb. 28, IN* WOW Submit idwilrimntl ttr DiM column tt lill Em«rv fey noon Wtdnnday for Todav'i IKfii*. SMC. ! billtd it S3« «r etiumn inch or Me Mr lint bawd on 14 HMS Mr Inch. ; SATURDAY--Sw Ib* World Prtmitr of: Worll'l IJimt e»l KKtett It Lions *Hitl« fwturt A 4 l/Ga SuMrcharotO ccuoc l Sloan MM. AIM: "wutevtr", Eliminator Toi Gas Dragsters A Jr. Fuel Dragsters running ia OM r f lass), i Iniecttd gas stntt Funny Cars, initct- ' cd Gas Junior A Senior Rails. Adm.' 12.Sf, Pitt Pass 1I.N. children under 12 1 fret w/adult. Strio ooens 1:30 o.m. for' j limt trials. Eliminator racing 7 prn.. I Mil 11:45 p.m. LIONS DRAG STRIP, 2J3rd 4 AJlmtaa. Wilmington. Ptiow 4H-HU. ! SUNDAY--Slock cars, hot gas/class ma- ctilnts In class a e.t. bracket nm.olll.1 Doen * a.m. 'lil 4:30 DJn. Aim. 52--. WEDNESDAY--Grudot racing A timed runs for slock cars. Adm. $r LIONS ooen 5 D.m. 'til 19 o.m. '69's Here Now JimGraylmporis 3515 Atlantic 424-095] , TRIUMPH '69 TR-6 HERE NOW Jim Gray Imports 3515 Atlantic 424-0951 Peace of mind is standard equipment We dont ctt* how much (or how little) you spend for a car. You'll never have any more Peace-Of-Mind driving comfort than a Peugeot owner. The fantastic Peugeot story is: get in, turn the ignition and go. Be it winter, tummar, below zero or in tha tropical heat And for Peaee-Of-Mind teonomy, you'll enjoy driving your Peugeot many yean after the last car payment. Few cars made anywhere to the world will outlast it. PEUGEOT MAR VISTA Playait Import!, Inc. Washington Plan LON» IIAC.H Import Auto 14U Long Btach Blvd. LOS ANGELES TORRANCE LIU Brotnerl Peninsula Motors 1UI S. La CilnMl Blvd. 25MI S. Crmshaw Bl. PASADENA Dick Driin Imporft M14 I. Cglwidi Blvd. VAN NUYS Auto TrtndJ H25 van Nim Blvd. WEST LOS ANGELES Ted's Imparti 11726 Santa Monica Bl. FULLERTON Airport Auto 412) W. Commonwealth GLENDALE Division Import) 7W s. Brand Blvd. Drive the Back-Door Runabout, new way to go from the Chrysler People. SIMCA Back-Door Runabout $ 1950 1204 3-Door Sedan perMo. With % Down, 36 Mo. BankTerms ''·Including tax license. 1460 LONG BEACH BLVD. HE 2.89I6-OPEM SUN. CHRYSLER MOTORS CORPORATION GOING TO EUROPE? Come To The Party!! DOOR PRIZES · REFRESHMENTS FILMS ·SLIDES · EUROPEAN TRAVEL COUNSELOR FEATURE OF THE EVENING: Complete, entertaining information on touring Europe either separately or on a 21 day motor tour of 8 European Countries, as low as $2495 in the comfort privacy of your own '69 VW . . . AND YOU GET TO KEEP THE CAR!! Includes round trip jet fare, Hotels, Most meals, Escorted tours cost of shipping your VW home. Call for FREE party reservations, 436-5221. RICKETTS MOTORS 10th * Long Btach Blvd., LB. FIAT 8SO SPORT SPIDER Crafted tor Ux Particular Person It your personal possessions labe! you-"lndivlduat." V ·nm-of- the-mlir is never for you. Then the car for you... Flat's 850 Sport Spider. Why? For its alert response to your touch. For its sure, curve-hugging readability. Its Interior elegance... the rich soft vinyls, the beautiful wood grains. For the solid Fiat craftsmanship ... that lasts. There's true value for you in the Flat 850 Sport Spider. With soft or hard top. Or both... they're Interchangeable. Coma In and test drive your special car today. PALMER IMPORT MOTORS 3300 ATLANTIC AVE. LONG BEACH GA 4-0754 The Best 01 Everything Is Going For You In The FIAT WORLD' Of PLEASURE a man or woman? Take the Renault 10 quiz and see. 4 doors instead of 2 means: D A.I can get in the back without making a spectacle of mysel f. D B.It's easier on the car pool. Engine over drive wheels mean; O A.What are drive wheels? D B.They get a better grip on the road. 35 miles per gallon means: D A. I'll never finish my free glass set. D B.Gas stations won't get rich on me. 4-wheel disc brakes mean: n A.I can stop the car. fl B.The car stops on a dime. Independent suspension means: O A.Well, 1 admire independence, n B.The car behaves on bumpy roads. Replaceable cylinder sleeves mean: n A. 1 don't really know. U B.Me, either. 3 glove compartments mean: D A,There's more room to store thing*. D B.There's more room lo store junk. Synchromesh transmission mean»; n A.It won't always make that horrible sound when I shift. D B. I can brake by down-shifting. lil months/unlimited mileage warranty means: D A. I wish Renault made dish washers. G B.They'rc pretty sure of themselves. 436-5221 See the Renault 10 and the Renault 16 Sedan-Wagon at these dealers: IMPORT AUTO 1460 Long Beach Blvd. Ph. 432-8916 DON-A-VEE RAMBLER 15737 Bellflower Blvd. Ph. 867-7256

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