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Eventual Motor Trend 500 winner Parnelli Jones provided plenty of excitement enroute, spinning out both weekends in virtually the same spot, then recovering in Riverside’s notorious Turn Six.
He became the first event champion not named Gurney since 1963’s inaugural.
The little car with the big engine could’a, should’a, would’a won Indy, but for the best-known bearing failure in history.
Collateral damage beyond the one-off gearbox included the end of a Firestone winning streak dating all the way back to 1915. Goodyear provoked and fought tire wars on multiple fronts.
The best Grand National stock cars were already trading paint in January on Riverside’s road course.
We also learned that Deiny drove Grand National cars, though never finishing higher than 30th, and is better known as the founder of Speedway Engineering.
Leonard and Glen Wood, who’d crewed for Dan Gurney during his last three (of four straight) Motor Trend 500 wins, came aboard only after Cale Yarborough crashed their Fairlane in practice.
The brothers brought along their stash of state-of-the-art, tunnel-port 427s prepared by Holman-Moody.
Bob D’Olivo’s photo is an outtake to at least three different angles appearing in postrace coverage (June ’67 HRM; July ’67 CC).
Smacking a wall and shedding a front wheel just 15 laps into the Motor Trend 500 didn’t stop Curtis Turner from grinding the mile and a half back to Bud Moore’s pit.
Investigating their builders, drivers, successes, and struggles for this final installment of Power Struggles led us down many rabbit holes, into some dead ends, and to the conclusion that American auto racing in 1967 was better than ever before—if not the best ever, period.