Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: On the road in NE Oklahoma
back in the late 1970's, or very early 1980's, I went to a SCCA race at Hallett Raceway (outside Tulsa Oklahoma). They hadn't been open very many years at that point. My brother was working one of corners and invited me along. We camped out in the adjacent woods, as did many of the local SCCA guys who were also volunteering to work the course during the weekend of races.
One of attractions that year was going to be the appearance of Paul Neuman, if I have to explain who he was, I just can't..... Anyway, he was racing one of his team Datsuns. IIRC if it was one of the coupes, or one of the 240z cars.
Before the big finals on Sunday, very late Saturday night, I mean really late, like all-of-bars-had-closed type late, we were sleeping out under the stars when all hell broke loose and all of us who were camping out came wide awake in a flash, and ran over to track to see what the h*ll was going on.
What happened was that Paul Neuman and his racing buddies had gotten stinking drunk back at their hotel and decided that it would be a VERY GOOD idea to break into the track and start racing in the wee hours of the morning. They knew they were way too drunk to do any regular racing, so as drunks often do, they had the brilliant idea to still race, but only in REVERSE. So that's what we saw, about 12 cars all running without lights weaving around the Hallett race course, in reverse, at maybe 15-20 mph and still ending up running into every hay bale in sight.
We finally got the drivers out of the cars and loaded into van which took them back to the hotel. The next day no one said a word about it, but most of the drivers were looking more than a little worse for wear when the flag dropped