From somebody who was there, we present...

Green Valley Memories, Part 2
All photos and text © Dave McNurlen 2001

I used to live (nearly) at Green Valley Raceway during the early '70s. My Pentax and I were always out there taking pictures. Every Saturday for several years I used to take the wrecker from the dealership I worked at out to the Valley. I was the official wrecker and I was usually parked at the starting line or at the top of the hill with the ambulance.

The top of the hill was the greatest place to watch the races because there were big trees to park under, we had our own PA speaker, and there was always a breeze to cool the Texas heat. Thank God no serious crashes occurred while I was working out there because it was just me and that ambulance. Sometimes a fire crew would be there, but not very often. I'd put a fire extinguisher from the dealership body shop in the wrecker before heading out, and that was it.

The last race I worked with the wrecker was the 1975 IHRA Nationals. If it was a funny car, I took a picture of it. From Cogo Eads to Kenny Bernstein. Your web site might be the reason I took them.

Dave McNurlen

One thing we don't have, though, is photos for sale.
Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.

Check the Links page for photographers, and their contact information...

If there's something you don't see here, and you've got pictures of it, either scan 'em and send 'em in, or e-mail me and we'll work out something. Link is at the bottom of each page.

Thanks!

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Armstrong Hoover Larsen

Armstrong, Hoover& Larsen Cuda stopped at the top of the hill at Green Valley. Haven't been able to find any other info on these guys yet.

Bill Smallwood

Butch Maas getting ready to turn the hill corner at the Valley. Note the very large, very unprotected tree behind the car.
There were a bunch more trees that size behind where this photographer was standing. A great place to watch the races.

Bill Smallwood

The Butch Maas-driven Bill Smallwood Satellite stopped at the top of the hill at the Valley, getting ready to lift the body to let the driver out.
When the drivers got to the top of the hill, they didn't care who lifted the body, they just wanted out.

Bob Pickett/MT

Bob Pickett in the Mickey Thompson US Marines Grand Am staging during the day at the Valley
.It sure looks like track owner Bill Hielscher standing on the sidewalk next to the VHT sign.

Bob Pickett/MT

Bob Pickett warming the tires in the Blue Mickey Thompson US Marines Grand Am.
There are fewer people than usual standing on the sidewalk in front of the tower, and I think that's the Green Valley starter getting out of the way.

Goron Mineo

Out of Rockwall, Texas comes Flash Gordon Mineo in his Monza.
Looks like it's getting on into the late afternoon and the big national event Valley crowd is watching him do a boiling burnout.
Info on www.draglist.com says this car had a 480 Keith Black motor and went a best of 6.095 at 228.00.

Mongoose/McEwen

Tom McEwen's red Care-Free Duster pulling its chute up the Valley hill to make the turn and goback down the return road.

Mongoose/McEwen

Tom McEwen making the corner at the top of the Valley hill in his red Care-Free Duster.

Mongoose/McEwen

The Mongoose at the top of the Valley hill directing placement of the body support.
I lifted the body up once for him that weekend, and I remember mentioning to him how light I thought it was compared to other cars.
Seems like it was bunch easier to lift. He didn't think his was the lightest, as he said something about how I should see this other car, whose name I've forgotten.

Frank Cook/DragOn

During Green Valley daytime qualifying, Frank Cook smokin' the place in with the injected 476 Keith Black-powered DragOn Vega A/FC. Info from www.draglist.com.

 

Mart Higgenbotham/DragOn

Mart Higgenbotham rolling around top of the hill corner at the Valley in the DragOn Vega.

Cogo Eads/Boss's Cuda

1972 shot from the Green Valley Broiler seats of Cogo Eads Boss's Cuda waiting to fire.
The way the hatted crewman is looking at the starting line, it must be just about time.

Cogo Eads/Boss's Cuda

Closeup of Cogo Eads Cuda during Green Valley night qualifying. This was a 1-second exposure with the camera mounted on a tripod.

Buccaneer

Pink and black Esquivel, Hodges & Carpenter Buccaneer Mustang ready to fire on the line at Green Valley.
Can you tell this is a Texas car? Don't know what's in the bucket unless it's water for a burnout. I think this is a former blue and white Billy Meyer car.

Buccaneer

Esquivel, Hodges& Carpenter blue and white Buccaneer Mustang getting ready to tow back to the Valley pits. Nice view of Green Valley track behind

Ben Griffen

Ben Griffins injected Chrysler-powered Mustang going down the hill at Green Valley.
Must not have been a windy day. You can see most of the track in this photo. Note the lack of guard rails after the lights.

Fritz Callier

Fritz Callier in the CKC Vega about to turn the corner at the top of the Green Valley hill.
These guys didn't use an injector scoop. Oil trails around the corner indicate the weekend wasn't going too smooth for some teams.

Chadwick/Ivey

Kelly Chadwick Vega far lane, Terry Ivey Duster near lane, green lights lit on the tree, launching off the Valley start line.
The King Camaro with firesuited driver holding his helmet is watching from the fire-up road beside the track.
That's the non-air conditioned Green Valley Pits concession building in the background.
In the summer, it got kind of warm in there. Starter's got his Coke pants on so it must be a national meet.

Mike Burkhart

Firing the blue Mike Burkhart Vega with Mike in the seat at the Valley.
What did they fire this thing on??? The guy in the white t-shirt, blue hat and jeans in front of the ramp truck was the Green Valley starter.
Might be Bill Hielscher talking to him.

Blue Max

Light blue Blue Max backing up from a burnout with firesuited driver standing in front of the Freemans Club Mustang II in the staging lanes watching the pass.

Blue Max

Dark blue Blue Max on the Green Valley starting line waiting to be told to fire.
Note the fender cover over the fuel tank, Richard Tharp in the seat. If I remember, the support truck started fine this time. (see other Green Valley page)

George Cox Banzai

Banzi Charger owned and driven by George Cox doing a daytime burnout at Green Valley. This was a nice car.

George Cox Banzai

Look right down the center line in front of the tree.
You'll see George Cox in his Banzai Charger at about a 45-degree angle half-way across the spectator lane.
He's got a green light, so this wasn't a burnout. The Green Valley starter is still in his "watch the launch" mode.
It's just another crossed up flopper to him.

George Cox Banzai

George Cox Banzai about 900 feet out at the Valley in his 484 Ed Pink-powered '72 Charger.
Racing out of Austin, Texas, George went a best of 6.70-222 in this car. Info: www.draglist.com

Larry Christopherson

Arizona Wildcat with Larry Christopherson coming up the hill at Green Valley, chute out.

Bill Schifsky

Bill Schifskys Bear Town Shaker Mustang II moving in to daytime stage at Green Valley.
Note people standing on the bridge behind the car and on the sidewalk beside the car.
The timing tower was state-of-the-art back then, and had air conditioning for the brutal Texas summers.
The building attached to the tower held Bill Hielschers stable of Chevy race cars, and doubled as the Green Valley Race City Hall of Fame.

Bill Shifsky

Bill Schifskys Bear Town Shaker Mustang II doing a daytime burnout at the Valley.
A Valley trademark white telephone pole in the foreground, and a total lack of crowd control in the background.

Crossed Up Vega

Unidentified early Vega getting real crossed-up in front of the Green Valley Broiler seats.
Note, in addition to not having any airflow back there in those seats, some people are actually sitting directly in the sun.
Very hot place to watch racing, but if you liked nitro and noise, that was the spot.

Ezra Boggs

Ezra Boggs blown big-block Vega waiting for the OK to fire at the Valley. Another Broiler seats shot.

Ezra Boggs

Ezra Boggs Vega getting a push-back on the Green Valley starting line. Shot from the Broiler seats. Good looking El Camino in the background.

Ezra Boggs

Night qualifying shot of Ezra Boggs Vega at the Valley. Good crowd control in the background.
Looks like a nice load in this all-Chevy car from Norman, Oklahoma. Info from www.draglist.com.

Mike Burkhart

Firing the blue Mike Burkhart Vega with Mike in the seat at the Valley. What did they fire this thing on???
The guy in the white t-shirt, blue hat and jeans in front of the ramp truck was the Green Valley starter. Might be Bill Hielscher talking to him.

Dick Custy

Dick Custy in the Whitted & Custy Challenger getting way loose in day qualifying at the Valley. Those front wheels are cranked way left.

Danny Miller

Danny Miller Challenger doing a day burnout at the Valley.
Must have been a National event because the starter has his CocaCola pants on and the pit-side bleachers are full.

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