The Talk of Gasoline Alley Episode Guide (2008)

-WIBC transitioned to 93.1 FM; 1070 AM became WFNI 1070 The Fan
-Network Indiana Show abandoned in favor of two hour show from 6-8 pm on 1070 AM (6-7 pm on some nights)
-Donald Davidson hosts by himself
-Podcasts downloadable online

4-30-2008: Bob Christie (D); Spike Gehlhausen calls in; driving race cars to Indy on highway; Bobby Marshman (“American Jimmy”); Sid’s 30 Days in May:1958 crash; Lou Palmer; Dick Ralstin; Cal Niday (one legged drivers); pseudonyms (Duray, Rodee, Wyant, Darnell, Abe Lincoln, St James); Hemelgarn; oldest living drivers and winners; Gary Bettenhausen; Bobby Unser retirement; Josele Garza; foreign drivers in the Sixties; bearded drivers (J); Holland/Rose

5-1-2008: pseudonyms; Pat Flaherty; Tony Bettenhausen Sr (D); Sid’s 30 Days in Mays:Johnnie Parsons retires; National Car Rental 1976 drive round the world; 1947 ASPAR; late entries; Bill Vukovich Sr; Clay Ballenger; Roland Free; Cy Marshall; Sid Collins; George Bignotti

5-2-2008: prominent/colorful owners; Roger McCluskey; 1960 winning chief mechanic (Hirashima, not Yunick); Al Miller(s); Bob Harkey; George Souders; Keith Andrews

5-3-2008: no recording

5-4-2008: Counting laps by hand in T/S; Sid’s 30 Days:1959 500 queen; Art Bisch; Unser brothers and sons at the Speedway (P) ; Danny Kladis; The 500 song/Singing Hoosiers; John Fitch (D)

5-5-2008: Bud Tinglestad; Jim Clark; number of cars running at finish; engine rules; Tony Hulman biography; Hulman purchase of IMS; 1973 (Pollard crash); Frankie Del Roy; Sid’s 30 Days in May:1952 finish; Mel Kenyon; Fred Agabashian;1976 round the world trip; Joe Alexander; Larry Dickson; 1916 September races; Donald’s successor; do they just do it in the suit?; pace car driver relative of driver in same race (Fittipaldi/Papis)

5-6-2008: old Shaw/Clabber Girl car models; (P) British participation, Colin Chapman, last Indy car with doors; Sid’s 30 Days in May:1950 Lee Wallard interview; Scott Brayton; Rodger Ward; Ferrari in the 500; Alberto Ascari; Brayton and Johncock (Gordy’s daughter calls in); Most laps in career; drivers wearing ties; Jud Phillips; (D) Phillips/Sugaripe drivers at end of 1975 season; Swede Savage accident; Whittingtons, father and sons; Swiss drivers

5-7-2008: (incomplete recording); Sid’s 30 Days in May: 1955 interview with Ralph DePalma; Jim Hurtubise; Granatellis; Using part from spectator car (Chet Miller 1930); Jimmy Prock, grandfather and grandson; mechanics working and living in nearby homes; Brawner’s brick patio; Clarence Cagle; (D) Rex Mays; (J) Lou Palmer; Tom Bigelow; Coke lot origin; history of local train service to IMS; Parnelli in Little 500 (Foyt wasn’t); original purchase of IMS property; origin of race name; USAC rear engine sprint cars

5-8-2008: Bessie Lee Paoli; Bob Harkey; Sid’s 30 Days in May:Parnelli’s turbine stops; Donald flies with Bob Harkey; 35 starters in 1979 and 1997; toilet with a balloon on it; “Good to talk with you David”; Paul Russo’s 1961 car owner; (D) Jim McElreath; Jerry Karl; Jerry Grant, 1972 pitstop penalty; Janet Guthrie

5-9-2008: Tassi Vatis Part I (see 5-12-2008); Sid’s 30 Days:1951, “Gentlemen, start your motors”; origin of “Gentlemen start your engines”; Jimmy Jackson; history of qualifying schedule; (D) Bobby Grim; Donald turns the table on Tony from Racine (not Paul) with a trivia question

5-10-2008: Pole Day recap; teams on the front row; early motorcycle races; first NZ/Australian drivers on front row; history of safety patrol at IMS; all British Empire on front row; Pat Patrick update; current qualifying and race speed records; Alex Zanardi; first full face helmet; Donald’s house fire (‘To Donald, who knows more about my life than I do, Ray Harroun’); Ed Elisian; qualifying for another driver (Mario, Goodyear); Michael Andretti Car

5-11-2008: (Time Trials Rain Out Show) Ralph Liguri, Palmer-isms (Lou Palmer memories), Jack McGrath, more Palmer-isms, unified ChampCar/IndyCar records, “Champ” and “Indy Car” terms, Sid Collins and other former radio network personalities/members, why did Lou Palmer leave the network after 1989, Bob Harkey, NASCAR Speedway Division, 1941 winning car, Eddie Sachs in 1961, Eddie Shreve’s Jaguar at Indy, John Totten, Joe Saldana, “To Please a Lady” and other films at the Speedway, Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Louis Schnieder, Kelly Petillo

5-11-2008: Dick Cecil, MVS, Ronnie Duman, Arnie Knepper, new Watsons; Worst/longest qualifying rainouts, short fields; (P) Ted Horn; first woman to provisionally be fastest qualifier; Kenny Brack; caller’s memory of Donald’s 1982 comment in race broadcast about Foyt’s 25th year, because this will be the 25th race since then; caller rides the twoseater; first lap over 180 (1972); caller’s memory of Bobby Unser turning 196; Jerry Hoyt; Norm Hall; race cars lost at sea

5-12-2008: Tassi Vatis Part II; Spaniards (Velez, Servia); “Will Overhead” wins; Dick Simon as car owner; Joe Leonard; Jim Clark in Nascar (didn’t win); 71 pace car crash; memories of Wilbur Shaw; history of race start parking positions, parade laps, warmup laps, etc; Foyt and Bignotti; Dr Evanston Earp; Joe Boyer; Sid’s 30 Days in May:1958 Foyt interview (“one of them deals in racin'”); Bill Cheesbourg; history of schedule for practice and qualifying; close finishes for position after leader; (D) Cliff Bergere

5-13-2008: (incomplete recording); great motorcycle racers associated with the 500 (Hepburn, Seymour, Leonard, Goldsmith, Savage, Free, Clymer, Puterbaugh); Sid’s 30 Days in May:1958 Finish; Sherman Armstrong; Mates’ White Front/Holiday Inn Northwest/The Cove; Tech HS grads in the 500; Variations of the groove on the track; have Tom Carnegie start the race; Checkered Flag Tavern, Bud Moneymaker, The Cove; Carmine George Tuffanelli, Jimmy Derrico, Ray Nichels, Paul Russo, Basement Bessie, Lee Elkins, Carl Scarborough, Bob Rocky Phillip; Don Davis; Dick Atkins; Andy Michner; (D) Tommy Hinnershitz (“the greatest dirt sprint car driver ever”); oldest Speedway staffer, Al Case

5-14-2008: Bob Burman, Blitzen Benz, FWD Christie, Barney Oldfield, First 100 mph lap at Speedway as an exhibition event; (P) Butch and Sonny Meyer; Sid’s 30 Days in May:1950 Johnnie Parsons in Victory Lane; Rickenbacker’s purchase, golf course; rainy months; tallest drivers (Joel Thorne, Chris Kneifel, Steve Knapp, Gurney, Rahal, Justin Wilson); Joe Alexander; 1981 blend rule explained; why no speed records?; 1967 Gordon Johncock; Dick Northam; Phil Hedback/Bryant sponsorship; oldest non automotive sponsor; silver dollars for 150 200, first woman; filling the field after last scheduled qualifying day; memories of Sam Hanks; (D) Manny Ayulo, hot rod racers; rain dates; Jim Clark; balloon spectacle

5-15-2008: George Robson; (P) Larry “Boom Boom” Cannon; Sid’s 30 Days in May: 1951 interview with Harry Hartz and Billy Arnold; scene with racers in The Crowd Roars; history of phrase “banzai run”; Earl DeVore, Billy DeVore; Jimmy Daywalt (inc origin of “Sumar”); Don Branson; Leroy Warriner; Mac Hellings; Harry Miller, Leo Goossen, Fred Offenhauser; Case racing cars, Jimmy Davies; (M) Bill Puterbaugh; John Fitch

5-16-2008: Chaparral 2K, ground effects, Al Unser, Jim Hall, John Barnard, Johnny Rutherford; Sid’s 30 Days in May: 1951 Seth Klein interview, Walt Faulkner story; (D) Johnny Thomson (not Thompson); Tommy Milton, Jimmy Murphy; Marmon, Lee Oldfield; 1971 pace car crash; public access to museum photo library

5-17-2008: no recording

5-18-2008: no recording

5-19-2008: Bruce Walkup, roll cage on Indy car; is there a chemical that makes the racing alcohol fuel burn with a color now?; Lloyd Ruby; Sid’s 30 Days in May: 1951 Ray Harroun interview; Ruby and Rick Mears; Art Pollard; where are they now: Chuck Marlowe, Bob Forbes, Lou Palmer, Wally Dallenbach; Tom Sneva Pizza Hut 1988; (J) Gene Force; Gary Bettenhausen in 2008; (P) Rolla Vollstedt; (D) Stan Fox; Jimmy Davies story; when did last place pay more than the smallest winner’s purse; Pancho Carter; Hoot Gibson sponsorship; history of purse

5-20-2008: Jackie Stewart / Joe Harris police car story; Sid’s 30 Days in May: 1957 Ed Sullivan interview; Donald’s memory of 1964 pole banquet; George Barringer, Bill Barringer; Hulman purchase, restoring the track, late public opening in 1946; is it possible to bump the pole?; who has survived the most bump attempts?; fatalities on pole day; fatalities in qualifying; paying relief drivers; crash picture in “Rear Window” movie; video sources of 500 history; Swede Savage, Monty Roberts, Jim Wright; Last Row Party; Leo Goossen visits IMS; Kevin Cogan, Chris Kneifel; best starts, Bill Holland, Helio Castroneves; (J) Caracciola; meeting Tommy Hinnershitz

5-21-2008: memory of Granatelli; connections with Columbus IN; Sid’s 30 Days in May: Jim Shelton interview with Eddie Sachs, Pat O’Connor, 1957; history of usage of “Special”; 1969 qualifying photo with Aldo Andretti, other drivers missing from qualifying photos; Cocktail Hour Cigarette Special, Hamilton Harris Vending, Bill White, Ralph Hepburn; emotional Victory Lane speeches; Ralph Liguori stories; Purdue grads in the 500; Bill Simpson; Ozzie Olson, Norm Olson, Olsonite, Swedish Crucible Steel; 1972 pole positions; timing and scoring; Jones and Maley; where are Bob Lamey, Ron Carroll, Jim Shelton, Doug Zink, Howdy Bell, Jerry Baker

5-22-2008: Pat Vidan; Marchese, Bob Wilke, Leader Cards; Sid’s 30 Days in May:1958 accident (repeat); Ruby and Rick Mears; Roger Rager, school bus engine; David Hobbs accident; Jim Crawford; (P, kinda low energy) Phil Remington; (M) Jerry Sneva, Frank Curtis (not Kurtis); waving to the crowd; drivers switch from Nascar to Indy; Herb Ardinger

5-23-2008: Don Freeland; Sid’s 30 Days in May: Johnnie Parsons retires 1959 (repeat); (D) Cotton Henning (Mike Boyle); historic starting time; doors on the toilet stalls; Andy Michner; (J) Duane Carter; MG Liquid Suspension Special, Huffaker, Qvale

Brickyard 400 week

7-22-2008: (Brickyard) Jarrett runs out of gas in 98?, winged stock cars in NASCAR and USAC, complete Novi history, Spike Gehlhausen; Ana Beatriz, Andre Ribiero, Jerry Hoyt, Bobby Marshman

7-23-2008: (Brickyard) USAC stock cars, Zecol Lubaid, Jack Bowsher, Nichels, Norm Nelson, Wood Brothers at the 500, Bruce Walkup; regular USAC stock car drivers, 1961 dirt races at IRP, earliest stock car events at IMS

7-24-2008: (Brickyard) Indiana State Fairgrounds race memories, A.J. Foyt / Len Sutton “swap” cars, 1972 Jim Hurtubise beer engine, Smokey Yunick…car with no fuel tank story, first 100 mph stock car lap at Milwaukee, Smokey Yunick’s 7/8th scale car, Denny Hamlin

7-25-2008: (Brickyard) No show due to Colts program

7-26-2008: (Brickyard) Bill Elliott DNQ’ing and all-time Brickyard 400 mileage leaders, Reagan Smith and other Smith drivers at Indy, number of Brickyard entries year by year, Scott Brayton/Menard Brickyard testing crash in 1994, Darrell Waltrip congratulating one-off qualifiers for 94 BY400, NASCAR race field size over the years, 1956-1957 reconstruction of pit lane and tower, possible first ever separate pit lane at a race track, 1955 Le Mans crash, most Brickyard 400 starts, most Indy 500 starts from 1911 (Howdy Wilcox), IMS hosting a sports car race, people opposed to the Brickyard 400 being held in 1994, Eddie Sachs in 1961, Pat Vidan, flagmen, more on multiple races, A.J. Foyt in NASCAR, Foyt co-won Atlanta 500, more on Dale Jarrett running out of gas in 1998 race, Jimmy Reece, history of the Paddock grandstand, did a driver named Eddie McCardle drive at the Speedway (no).

7-27-2008: (Brickyard) Sunday Post-Race – Jim Hurtubise and his problems with the tire companies, AJ Foyt and Goodyear in the 1960s, new motorcycle track, Snake Pit, old creek in turn 1 (Dry Run Creek), complaints about the tire situation, yard of bricks, history of repaving the track, more tire/race complaints, mention of 1911 “controversy” between Ray Harroun and Ralph Mulford (tear wear), Madison Regatta and the 500 (3 drivers), power boats, open up tire competition, traffic, more complaints (Charlie Daniels and governor), more tire discussion, Bill Elliott, more on tires, more on tires, comment about Tony Stewart USAC incident, more on tires, driver last in 1st 500 and first in last 500, Ed Elisian/Dick Rathmann…1958 speed duel during practice (Ed 1 lap record, Dick 4 lap record), call defending the day, question about diamond grinding, best teammate rivaly.

Notations: (D)ave from Marion, (J)erry from Delphi, (P)aul from Racine, (M)ike from Vernon Hills


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