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New Curtis Turner Book
Throttle - The Life and
Fast Times of Curtis Turner
Category: Biography & Memoir
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Curtis Turner is featured in an excellent book
Purchase This Bill Rankin Print
This is thought to be Curtis Turner's FIRST RACE
Do you know WHERE and any of the other competitors?
Curtis Turner rolls his #41 over the embankment over other cars the
Daytona Beach Course race in 1952
Herb Thomas (3rd), Fireball (2nd) and Curtis (1st(
Podium Finish with checks and sponsor Pepsi in hand
First Place - Daytona Beach Course Convertible Race 1956
Curtis Turner #26 in Daytona Beach Course Convertible Race witha big
lead in 1956.
Fireball trails as you look back onto A1A asphalt going into south turn
41-A - Early Curtis L Turner with helmet in hand
Floyd County, Virginia's Most Successful Driver
Curtis Turner wins 1956 Convertible Race at Daytona Beach Course in 1956
'58 Fords at Atlanta - Joe Weatherly in the #12
Pops in 1974 Chevelle
Curtis Turner is featured in an interesting movie . . . .
- Original RACING Movie Classic Poster
"Thunder in Carolina"
Curtis Turner was featured as the first stock car
on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
He was referred to as the "Babe Ruth of Auto Racing"
Curtis Turner on Daytona Beach, 1958,
in the North turn lettin' it all hang
out. . . .
Eddie Taylor from NC, writes that Full Throttle tells of a "party room" at
Curtis's house complete with girls on the wall and when the special lighting
(black lites) came on, the girls lost their clothes!
Curtis is serving . Curtis may may have lost a race or two, but he never lost a
Allison vs. Turner
When Bobby Allison came on the NASCAR circuit, he was as tough as an anvil.
He didn't back down from anyone. In August 1966, he took on crusty veteran
Curtis Turner on the quarter-mile, flat Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem,
The battle began when Turner hooked Allison's rear bumper, spinning him on Lap
8 of the 250-lap event. Allison lost a lap, but joined right back in running
up front, and was trying to pass Turner to get back in the lead lap. Turner
was blocking all comers. As he moved to the outside to block a move for the
lead, Allison dove under Turner and the cars rode three abreast into the third
Turner and Allison came together. Turner's Ford spun, and he returned to the
track moving slowly, waiting on Allison's Chevrolet. Allison saw what was
happening and did not fall into the trap. Rather, he cut back and hit Turner's
car in the rear. After that, it was man versus machines for the next 10 laps.
They hit each other like they were in bumper cars at the county fair. Some of
the banging occurred under the yellow flag. Turner spun Allison, and Allison
came back and spun Turner. Turner waited on Allison once again for another
shot at his car. Allison aimed his wrecked racer at Turner and buried the
front of his car into Turner's car.
They ran into each other until neither car would move. The drivers climbed
from their cars, and Turner jumped over a fence and walked off up through the
NASCAR fined each driver $100 for "rough driving."
"I didn't know what to expect, but I figured that Turner would be out to get
me," Allison said.
"Finally, we were at another track, and I saw him coming toward me. He put his
big, old right arm around my neck and whispered in my ear, 'You know, Pops, we
ought to have a big drink and go somewhere and talk about old times.'
"We never had any trouble after that."
4/5/05: Hi Mr. Via, my name is Eddie Taylor.
I just found your great website FireballRoberts.com (I'm a big
Curtis Turner fan). I wanted to share this with you after reading your
account of seeing Fireball the first time. I'm originally from Lumberton,
NC, and my dad and 2 of his friends let me come along to the 2nd Rebel
300. Even back then I loved Curtis...imagine my delight when he won that
day. After the race somehow I got on pit road with my racin' program and
being 9 years old I was too dumb to be afraid and went around asking for
autographs. I really only knew Fireball by his picture and that he was a
great racer. I went up to him and asked for his autograph in my book, he
smiled at me and wanted to know where my parents were. I replied that they
were wandering around also and that I wasn't lost or anything. While signing
my book he looked at me and said, "Well kid, did you have fun today?" I said
I did and he replied "Good, keep coming back". I got many autographs that
day, Lee Petty, Marvin Panch, but unfortunately my Rebel 300 program
has been lost through the years. Sure would like to see it again. One other
thing I got Joe Weatherly's autograph and asked him if he knew where
Curtis was. Of course at age 9 I didn't realize who I was talking to and
Joe, with a straight face, says "Last time I saw him he was drivin' around
the race track in a convertible" and laughed. I was too dumb to realize I
was talking to the second place finisher, and he was messin' with me
good....Thank you for your COOL web site...I'll be sure and let other
friends know about it.........Eddie
Curtis - Daytona Beach
Hand built and lettered diecast by Andrew Logan
Curtis with Smokey's '57 Ford
Hand built Model 60 ford
1968 - what track?
Curtis Turner (Smokey's #13) racing Rex White (4) at Charlotte 1963
.... and back to the other pictures
Favorites: Plane, Race Car and...... Girl. WHO IS SHE?
International Raceway Park in 1964
Great Model built by Bill Little
Rebel Roy Hall, Raymond Parks on the beach, Daytona
Holman-Moody 1957 Ford Convertible on
Daytona Beach - South turn
Curtis spinning in car #47
Curtis and his beloved airplane a Charlotte showing off
A brave soul flying with Curtis. Passenger is Richard Howard
Final Resting Place (notice plane & car)
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