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 Posted: Sun Jul 27th, 2008 02:19 am
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Paul Sibila in his #48 Buick.  He ran as a team car to the #84 of Bud Middaugh and car owner Russ Draime brought both cars in a semi.  That may have been the first of the big rigs we now see so often in Cup racing.  Paul was a good driver, but moved out of the seat to pursue other interests.  His brother Bob Sibila, had just returned from the Army and started running Cloverleaf, Canton, Barberton and anywhere else he could find a race and soon became known as a guy to beat.  Bob's still around the track and I saw him at Sandusky a couple of weeks ago.  I kidded him about being a retired racer.  He said yes, he was done.  BUT, if someone offered him a good ride he might think about returning AGAIN. 

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John Tauring driving the #27 55 Chevy "RAMPAGE 1".  John and Jon Doubler built this car at their Pure Oil station a block away from my house.  We had all been friends for some time and when it came time to letter the car, they called my brother and I.  They figured two guys drinking beer could do it fast that one guy drinking beer and it wouldn't be too expensive.  Shows you what they knew about my brother Tom and I!

This was a good running car and well-built.  Jon Doubler was a really smart guy and an instructor at Polaris vocational school and he had some great ideas.  The intake manfold he built for the car was a work of art.  Looked like an old Ramchargers MOPAR deal with long runners, et al and the headers he built were really different.

John Tauring sold the car to Bob Veccia and they started on Rampage 2, which is the process of being restored by Bob Fatica.  If I get off my butt this week and finish up the little bit of lettering to be done, it will be finished.

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Jan Markowski was a top runner in this Sport Stock Chevy during the mid-70s.  The Gullatta brothers (Tim and Tony) had a hand in building this car and it was always a contender.

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In a show of sportsmanship that prevailed back in the day, Ron Volk turned over his car to Bob Terlop for the Championship round of the "Winner take all" series.  We had blown up the big stroker flat head and were just sitting.  Ron walked over, put his arm around Bob and said "take my car".  Bob won the first two of the three races and was declard the 1966 Champion and received a watch and a trophy.  Ron wouldn't even take credit for lending us his car.  He only said "I hope you guys would do the same for someone else sometime".  A two-time hardtop champion and later a late model driver, Ron became an ARCA official.  Whenever I saw him and would thank him, he just said, you guys won, I just loaned the the weapon.

Thats what racing was all about back in the day.

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Ron Pejeau always had one of the best looking cars at Cloverleaf and they all ran well.  Ron was a detail guy and a cagey driver.  He could find spots to pass where no else could.  A fine driver.

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John "Blackie" Joseph tries out the seat in the Bob James ex-Indy car supermodified before the opening day races in 1960 at Cloverleaf Speedway.  The car showed spurts of speed, but the handling characteristics of the heavier V8 motor made it a bear to handle.  Blackie was best know as the owner of Chieftain Trucking and the owner of Jeep Iacobucci's winning Fords at Cloverleaf.  Blackie also helped out Don Wingier and Bill Konczos.  A great judge of driving talent, Blackie always had top driver his cars and all lacked for nothing in equipment.

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Chuck Gibson loved to race.  He didn't always have the best equipment or the budget, but he was always there.  This picture shows Chuck picking up a heat race in his Flathead powered Ford.  "Hootenanny" as we called him, finally picked up a feature win at Painesvile in the 1970s.  An excellent welder, he arc welding the cage and subframe in our Camaro and always loved that car.  We sold the car to Ron Stokey but Chuck made a deal with Ron and traded cars to get that Camaro.  He moved back to West Virginia and successfully raced the car on dirt for next four or five years.  The car was almost 10 years old and still running strong when he sold it.  Chuck passed away after a short battle with cancer before he was 50.  A great friend and one of the funniest guys we were ever around, we still talk about him often.

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Bob Burris, a noted dirt track late model driver, would often drift up to Cloverleaf on Sunday nights to run the pavement and usually gave a good account of himself and his cars.  Back in those early days a number of driver would run Canfield dirt on Saturday nights and then change tires and come to the Leaf on Sundays.  Burris, Gus Acozili, Jim Bickerstaff, Bill Forney, Mono Goliath and Rabbi Hipley were just some of the dual purpose drivers and most ran very well on both surfaces.

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Lou Pallotta in the Mike Pirro & son Chevelle.  Lou opened up the season at Cloverleaf in this car, setting a new track record and picking up a number of feature events.  He was racing at Midvale when a driveshaft broke and coasted into the infield and stood in front of the car.  Two cars got together and slid into the parked #32 hitting Lou in the process and sending him almost through the windshield.  He was rushed to the Hospital in Dover and was there for a number of weeks, required surgery for the many cuts he received and other damages.  That ended in season and his ride in the Pirro 32

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"Doc" Kinsey from New Philadelphia Ohio was a veteran driver who had run just about everything.  He and his Ford Fairlane were regular competitors at Cloverleaf in the mid-to-late 1960s.  I believe Doc also ventured into the ARCA New Car series around that time

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