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Videos From The Joe Machado Collection, Part 3
By Ken R. Noffsinger

Long time Mopar collector Joe Machado recently made several rare photos available for viewing on the Aero Warriors site. Along with these photos, Joe also provided a fascinating variety of film that he shot in the 1970's. Twelve clips (in MPEG video format) are found below; sixteen more are located at Videos From The Joe Machado Collection, Part 1 and Videos From The Joe Machado Collection, Part 2.

A 34 MB zip file of all MPEG videos found on this page is available for download. Where a video comes in both 176x112 and 352x240 pixel sizes, the zip package will contain only the larger 352x240 pixel capture.

The Falstaff 400
Riverside, California
June 14, 1970
Starting Grid
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Bobby Allison
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  • Starting Grid - A quick sweep of Joe's camera captured the Petty, Isaac, Allison, McCoy and Bown cars on pit lane shortly before the start of the Falstaff 400. Only 18,500 spectators attended the race that day.
  • Bobby Allison - Allison put his Mario Rossi Dodge Daytona on the pole, posting a qualifying speed of 111.621 MPH on the 2.62 mile road course. Bobby spun on the first lap and then drove especially hard trying to catch race leader Richard Petty. Eventually Allison overheated his drum brakes, and at that point he made the decision to settle for second place rather than risk a crash trying to overtake Petty. Allison is seen here at various points around the track, sometimes at high speed. He pocketed $9,365 for his second place finish.
Dick Bown
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Neil Castles
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  • Dick Bown - One of Bown's five Grand National appearances in a SuperBird was at this event. Driving Mike Ober's car, Bown started a very respectable sixth and finished a less respectable 25th after dropping out with wheel problems on lap 81. This winged car footage is especially rare, as Bown and his SuperBird seem to have rarely been photographed. Yellow SuperBird 02 reportedly started life as a totally stock street vehicle.
  • Neil Castles - Neil "Soapy" Castles guided his Dodge Daytona from a 27th place start to a seventh place finish. Castles received $1,315 for his effort, finishing fifteen laps behind winner Petty. Castles drove his Daytona in sixteen events in the '70 season, averaging a 21st place finishing position. Neil is shown here at various points around the track, including in the pits during a stop.
Ray Elder
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Bobby Isaac
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  • Ray Elder - Well known west coast driver Ray Elder made his final NASCAR Grand National appearance in a Dodge Daytona at this event. Engine problems took Elder out of contention and he eventually collected $1,270 for this drive. A 22nd place start and nineteenth place finish were probably not what he had hoped for. Ray is shown here during a couple runs at turn six.
  • Bobby Isaac - Eventual 1970 NASCAR Grand National Champion Bobby Isaac started third and ended up sixteenth after his winged Dodge suffered from rear end problems. The $915 he collected at Riverside was a drop in the bucket when compared to his total winnings for 1970 - $199,600. Isaac is shown in and around turn six.
Dave Marcis
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Jack McCoy
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  • Dave Marcis - Dave Marcis is seen here negotiating the backstretch in traffic. Marcis' engine let him down after only sixteen laps, capping off his 24th place start with a 34th place finish. Dave won $645 which he no doubt put toward rebuilding his 426 Hemi.
  • Jack McCoy - Popular west coast driver Jack McCoy had a great Falstaff 400, starting fourth and finishing sixth. This is especially amazing since he spun off the course at one point and badly damaged the rear of his Dodge Daytona. Some of this damage can be seen in the footage found here. Jack finished fifteen laps down and $1,890 richer.
Richard Petty
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Richard Petty In Victory Lane
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  • Richard Petty - The Falstaff 400, also known as the Richard Petty Show, went off without a hitch for Petty. Richard started on the outside pole and won the race a lap ahead of his nearest competitor, Bobby Allison. This was Petty's second race since a five race lay-off after a horrendous crash at Darlington. Joe's camera captured Richard in and around turn six, at speed on the backstretch and near the pits.
  • Richard Petty In Victory Lane - Petty's 106th career victory netted him $18,840 and a nifty Falstaff beer stein trophy. Joe managed to get into victory lane and film a happy Richard Petty as he accepted congratulations on yet another win.
John Soares, Jr.
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Kevin Terris
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  • John Soares, Jr. - This footage was taken in and around turn six as Soares passed by. John's 25th place start and outstanding fourth place finish was worth $3,415. This was Soares' only SuperBird appearance in a NASCAR Grand National event, and as such, footage of the car is very difficult to find. Soares had raced this car on a dirt track just a month before, which was highly unusual for a SuperBird!
  • Kevin Terris - In what might be some of the rarest film ever seen of a winged car, Kevin Terris is caught here on the backstretch at Riverside. Terris' SuperBird made its only appearance in this race and developed fatal engine problems after only four laps of competition. This car began life as a '68 Satellite street car which was abandoned in a Los Angeles airport parking lot. A 30th place start and 38th place finish were certainly not what Kevin or car owner Gary Sigman had hoped for.
Many of the racing facts and figures on this page came from Greg Fielden's excellent multi-volume work, "Forty Years of Stock Car Racing".

Downloading And Viewing

  • Video Capture File Type/File Size - The videos presented here are in MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) file format. Recent releases of the popular Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer browsers include MPEG viewers, so in most cases viewing should be no more complicated than downloading the file and adjusting a few simple controls on the viewer. The Windows operating systems normally contain a viewer which can be used if an MPEG viewer is not included with the browser you are using.
  • The video captures available here are in one or two sizes. The 352x240 pixel capture, because of its relatively large size, presents a fairly detailed image. And because it is so large, the download time is significantly greater than for the smaller 176x112 pixel file (the size of the thumbnails above). If you have a high speed Internet connection (T1 or T3 lines, or perhaps ISDN), the larger 352x240 capture size may well be for you. If, however, you are using a 56K connection or less (by far the most common in homes), then the smaller 176x112 capture would probably be the better choice.

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