rain-shortened 1962 Atlanta 500, won by Fred Lorenzen in his
white #28 Holman-Moody Ford, is now available on a new 36-minute
color DVD from Rare Sportsfilms Inc! As an added bonus, you
will not only see the original racefilm in its entirety, but
also scenes of the race shot by another film company showing
completely different views of the racing action!
the race and throughout the DVD, nice closeup shots show pole-sitter
Banjo Matthews, Joe Weatherly, Cotton Owens, David Pearson,
Bobby Johns, Lorenzen, Paul Goldsmith, Jack Smith, Marvin Panch,
Lee & Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, Rex White and Larry
a race filled with action, some seen from the rear bumper camera
of the #19 Ford driven by Herman Beam, Nelson Stacy's #29 Ford
breaks a tie rod and smacks the guardrail after only two laps!
Four laps later, T.C. Hunt's #10 Dodge blows an engine. Next
out is #9 Bunkie Blackburns' Ford which crashes into the pit
entrance! Great camera shots from both film companies show the
crash in detail.
companies also capture the biggest accident of the race, which
occurs in turn one, when Larry Frank spins, collecting Jim Pardue,
Rex White, and George Green. The disabled #4 (White) and #66
(Frank) are shown being towed back to the garage area. Pardue
is able to drive to the pits, where his crew is shown cutting
sheet metal and part of the bumper off his car. Meanwhile behind
the wall, Ralph Moody is shown repairing Franks' Ford. A caution
comes out for rain, and during the delay, the original film
reverts back to pre-race practice and qualifications. The Holman-Moody
Ford team is shown back at the shop. This is a team that has
surprised the Pontiac fans so far in 1962, winning the last
two superspeedway races, and going for a third in a row at Atlanta!
a brief rain shower, racing resumes with Joe Weatherly leading.
On lap 89, young Cale Yarborough blows the engine in his #92
Julian-Buesink Ford. Other drivers are also having their problems.
Roscoe Thompson almost spins out his #81 Mercury. Tom Cox's
#60 Plymouth breaks an axle. The transmission in #16 Ralph Earnhardt's
Happy Steigel Pontiac gives out after 132 laps. G.C. Spencer
nurses a sick engine in #79. Joe Weatherly's #8 Pontiac blows
a tire and hits the guardrail, effectively ending his chances
of winning, and the engine in Ed Livingston's #68 blows after
the race, drivers shown in the pits include Weatherly, Paul
Goldsmith, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Johns, Richard Petty, and
of course, Matthews and Lorenzen.
180 laps, Banjo is leading with Lorenzen second, followed by
Johns, Roberts, Junior Johnson and David Pearson. As dark, menacing
clouds threaten to drop rain at any moment, Matthews and Lorenzen
stage an exciting side-by-side battle for many laps (the lead
changes 23 times during the race)! The final pit stops by Banjo
and Lorenzen are shown as Johns temporarily goes into first
place on lap 211. Lorenzen's quicker stop just before the storm
hits is the key to victory, and as rain pours down in torrents,
the race is halted with Lorenzen declared the winner!
you can get your own color copy of this historic race, never
before available on DVD, for only $29.95 plus $4.00 shipping
(Illinois residents must add $2.00 sales tax!)