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[Updated June 20, 2021]
Since June 2020, I had featured photographs on this main page whose black and white negatives had been found after being lost for 50 years in my archives. Just so happened that they were of Bruce McLaren in 1969, just eight months before we lost him to a mechanical failure fatal accident testing a new Can-Am car at Goodwood Racetrack, UK, June 2, 1970. Links to those photographs and that story can be found on the Galleries page under "Remembering Bruce."
This month, in honor of Juneteeneth 2021, and for another month or two, I will be featuring some photographs taken in 1972 at the Watts Summer Festival and several photoessays related to freedom and the 1960s and 1970s. You can read more about that Watts Festival by going to the Gallery page and clicking on Architecture. The WattStax music festival took place that same year, 1972 as part of the Watts Summer Festival. It and an earlier festival in Harlem have been called the East and West Black Woodstocks. Unfortunately, the East BlackStock does not yet have its documentary film available for viewing. See "Harlem Cultural Festival 1969 at New York Times."
There are two different documentaries available for WattStax on DVD. The later one, which includes narration by Richard Pryor and interviews and short pieces about the community of Watts, is absolutely perfect and should be the one you view. See WattStax at Amazon. WattStax gained that name due to the major sponsors of the event, the community of Watts, California, and the upcoming record company, giving Motown a run, Stax Records. The Los Angeles Coliseum was overflowing with over 100,000 filling the stands and infield for the entire day.
We, or, actually, I should say "I have been working my tail feathers off to get this new site o' mine functional by June 1, 2020 (check, done)." That was the easy part.
Now, and for the near future, I will be posting my large inventory of fine art photographs from the serious to delirious for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. My Art Hat has become a permanent fixture. I don't usually need a hard hat for this kind of construction, unless I fall asleep and fall out of my chair after a few days of sleep deprivation. It might be time to invent a combo Art/Hard Hat. Oh, yah, and add on a Thinking Cap app.
This site is the culmination of several earlier sites that I created and utilized for my book and publication company, for a "duckitude" project, and for an early version of an online fine photography gallery and its short-lived brick-and-mortar existence .
"Full Tilt Bruce" -- Bruce (#4) Signaling at Turn 6 RIR 10/26/1969
VF Orig. Print Signed by Photographer of Bruce McLaren, Turn 6, 10/26/1969, Riverside Raceway, CA
Entitled "Full Tilt Bruce." Bruce (#4), full tilt at Turn 6, signaling passing, then passing wide. It was a classic natural move for him, swinging out around the slower Lola in front of him.
McLaren had the keys to both Turns 6 and 7 at Riverside International Raceway (RIR) and was notorious for passing wide on Turn 6. Turn 6 in the 60s and 70s was notorious for challenging drivers with its 180 degree bend starting off cambered inside and uphill, flattening out at the top of the angular curve and then turning into a slight cambered outside road at the tail of the turn: tricky.
This was his last race at Riverside. He did not finish (accident). Teammate Denny finished first in 1969 (#5), 1970 and 1971.
In June 1970, Bruce died in a mechanical failure accident testing a new Can Am car at Goodwood, UK, after accelerating to approx. 170 mph on the Lavant to Woodcote straightaway.
This year, 2020, is the 50th year since we lost Bruce. This year, 2020 (on March 2), is the year I was shocked to find, stuck in the corner of a box in storage, what I thought had been lost forever: most of the black and white 35mm film negatives from my photography of the 1969 and 1970 Can-Am Races at RIR.
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