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    About two years before I quit racing I started to collect autographs. I made up some prints and took them to the races to get signed. Unfortunately, I didn't race but less than a handful of races my last two years, and most of the autographs I got were of European drivers. I made great headway with my collection at DePue though. I tried to take prints of everyone I thought would be there. I ran out of time to get all of them though. And I had some of Gary Pugh, John Yale, Johnny Dortch, and others that were there that I was unable to get. At first I was going to put these on the reunion thread, but then I thought it might be better to post them on the encylopedia. So here they are.

    The first is Wayne Walgrave in his Merc Quincy looper powered Chapparal. It was taken during testing for the 1100 hydro at the Pro Nationals in Hinton in 1977. As Gene East and I were talking at DePue, we used to take them for granted when there were 6 or 8 in a heat. Just imagine the sound of this bouncing off the mountains at Hinton. When Wayne shut the engine off, it echoed back for a while. I believe Wayne came out of LaVerne, Minnesota.

    ADD: I am going to post one photo at a time and give people some time to add any stories or other photos about the particular person before moving on to the next one.
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    Default Was this Wayne Walgrave's rookie year?

    F Racing Runabout. DePue 1974. Wayne won this class. Riding deck is Glen Olsen.
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    I missed getting autographs from a number of people, but I was fortunate enough to get all three of these. The battle of the Jr.'s Stanley Leavendusky, Jr., Paul Bogosian, Jr. and Fred Hauenstein, Jr.

    This was taken at the Pro Nationals at DePue in 1974. I believe this is D Racing Runabout, allthough it could be CRR. I had thought at first that Fred won D, but it was actually C Racing Runabout that he won that year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Oil Racing Team View Post
    I missed getting autographs from a number of people, but I was fortunate enough to get all three of these. The battle of the Jr.'s Stanley Leavendusky, Jr., Paul Bogosian, Jr. and Fred Hauenstein, Jr.
    Paul Bogosian was indeed a 2nd generation boat racer, but not a Jr. His dad was Jack Bogosian, but everyone called him "Muno". Paul's son John also raced and I was talking to Paul at the reunion and he has a grandson is about ready to take to the water and will be a 4th generation boat racer.
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    I tried to get mug shots autographed too if I had them.
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    This one was a prize get. It is DePue 1974, just starting to rig up, and we are just wandering around to see who's here.
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    I happened to be outside of the VFW Sunday morning and saw Bill Hoctor showing some of his photos to some guys. I walked over and started looking. I happened to mention that I wished I had had a photo of him that I could get autographed, but iunfortunately I didn't. Bill is like very many of the racers that I didn't get any photos of before either they quit or I did. Or sometimes because we were in the same heats I never had an opportunity.

    A little while after I wandered off a short distance Bill came up to me with this photograph. He said it was the only one he had that he could part with. I was so pleased. He apologized for the crop marks on the photo and as he said it, he rubbed the upper right hand corner with his thumb and the marks came off. We were both surprised. I forgot to ask him how many years ago they ran that photo. I erased some more of it as an illustration to this story. But I am thinking I may keep some of the marks on it as it is really now a part of this tale.

    The photo appeared in the "CN Sports" section (don't know the publication) and was 3 columns. This was a C hydro Bill was driving. The caption to the story was "Steady as she goes". It is a prize to my collection. Thanks again Bill.
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    This is another of those rare photos. When John Schubert was racing I didn't have any cameras. Then one day after he quit, he showed up at the nationals and I was able to get this pic of him and Jerry Simison together. John was one of the few greats from the past that I was able to get a photo of.

    A side note about Jerry Simison. He is as competitive with making precision rifles and tuning them as he was in Pro racing. According to what Paul Simison told me he is in the top ten in the U.S. doing what he does. A lot of swat teams across the U.S. have Jerry make their rifles. Paul said you could read about Jerry in the American Rifleman in the section on precision tuning. I'm thinking of sending the photo of him and John together to get his signature added.
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    Speaking of Craig Lawrence on another thread, here is one from DePue 1974. Here Craig lands a new job with Hendricks Motor Sports and all he talks to Joe about is how he was so excited at the DePue reunion, that he wants to help Denny win a world championship next year.

    Good luck Craig and tell Nataliya "zdrastvooeetye".
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    Default The People

    Wayne Like We Have Talked About Many Times It Is Because Of The People We Love Boat Racing So Much. The Boats Motors And The Races Are Great,but The People Is The Greatest Part For Us Andi Think Most If Not All Of Us.

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