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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

A Day at the Races: 1958

A Day at the Races: 1958

San Mateo, California, in 1958. My cousins Gary and Dan standing on the left. My brother doing 110 in his head, and my sister apparently realizing she could have had a V8. Uncle Walt appears to be preoccupied by the little blonde and Aunt Rita has a thermos of Starbucks. Strike that. "Chock Full 'O Nuts." My uncle loved anything with an engine that flew, floated or had four wheels. My brother can be seen in all photos of this era with a Giants cap as they had just arrived in San Francisco that year. BONUS: vintage background cars. View full size.

Bodies

These are the coolest go-karts I have ever seen. How come our modern day go-karts don't look this cool? Even the electric and gas kart racing carts at indoor tracks look plain compared to these.

Mom to the rescue

I just love your mom making sure you all had refreshments with a lit cigarette dangling from her hand!

Envious.

This photo is so cool. I was about six years old then. I remember when a group of midget racers came through where we lived, and set up an impromptu track. How I envied those young kids with those bright shiny race cars. It looked like so much fun, and wondered why my dad couldn't get me one. I finally lived the dream about 35 years later when I got into kart racing. Not anywhere as sexy as these old cars, as those bodies are classics of the era. Thanks for the photo, and let me know if there are any more.

Likes & Dislikes

Here we have a Coca-Cola sign again, that's good. My NY Giants in California, that's bad.

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