View Full Version : RIP Paul Newman
September 27th, 2008, 02:36 PM
RIP Paul.....an American Classic.:cry:
September 27th, 2008, 02:58 PM
Yes, what a loss....and a former mini cooper owner.
September 27th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Saw him run IMSA races in the Datsun Z at CMS. I think it was the Camel car. RIP
September 27th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I heard his favorite track or one of them was VIR
September 27th, 2008, 05:54 PM
I checked on Paul's racing career. He did run 24 races in IMSA, but I probably saw him in a SCCA race though he ran Datsun's/Nissan's in 1979, 1985, 1986. The Camel car was used as a show car and pace car.
September 27th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Will definately be missed, not many true legends left these days.
September 27th, 2008, 11:01 PM
Used to see him race Summit Point in the 70's and 80's in Bob Sharpe's Datsuns and win the majority of the Scca nationals back when i lived in Va and raced Mazda Rx2's. Actually got to talk with him after drivers meetings and he was a super nice guy and a great and talented competitor.Godspeed PLN.
September 27th, 2008, 11:12 PM
Back in the day before Spevco was Spevco Marty had a place called Corvette's INC housed in the now Sneed's Speed Shop building and they did a lot of the sheet metal and paint work on those Datsun's and Paul's teammate was Jim Fitzgerald who lived in Clemmons. That is where I fell for the Z cars back in the 70's! Those red, white and blue Z's were awesome...
September 28th, 2008, 07:22 AM
There is one of those Datsun's for sale on e-bay. It was the Camel show car but it has ben repainted as the red white and blue number 33
September 28th, 2008, 10:56 AM
He also raced Loti, b/c my ex-father-in-law went up against him in matched Lotus something or anothers at a track near Boston or somewhere and beat him. I'm sure he's back bragging about it now.
Paul was a fine specimen of the American male in the international spotlight and unfortunately, there aren't many of those around the days. If we could merge Jay Leno's passion for vehicles, Tom Hanks' classiness, Brad Pitt's looks and Ted Nugent's machismo, we'd have it...
While he's no longer here, he's still an American Icon.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.1 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.