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A BREATHTAKING RIDE THROUGH THE AUTUMN COUNTRYSIDE

Oct. 03, 1977
Oct. 03, 1977

Table of Contents
Oct. 3, 1977

Never Too Late
Talent Tests
Raiders
Papale
College Football
Baseball
Harness Racing
  • By Douglas S. Looney

    William Wirtz' colt made short work of the Jug, taking two straight heats in record time, but for a while it didn't look as though he'd ever get to the starting gate

Horse Racing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A BREATHTAKING RIDE THROUGH THE AUTUMN COUNTRYSIDE

The first weekend of October in Watkins Glen, N.Y. is a vivid visual delight. Rolling hills are draped with a tight-woven mantle of turning leaves, freshly harvested fields form furrowed checkerboards and the deep waters of Seneca Lake glisten beneath the autumn sky. Suddenly this tranquil scene is ripped by an unearthly sound. It is the oscillating scream of a Formula I car practicing on Watkins Glen Race Circuit. But by next Sunday, the day of the United States Grand Prix, even the high-pitched chorus of 22 machines will almost be drowned out by the steady rumble of 100,000 spectators. For three decades they have come to savor the natural splendors at Watkins Glen while marveling at the most sophisticated automobiles technology can produce.

This is an article from the Oct. 3, 1977 issue Original Layout

In the garage area a curious crowd constantly shuffles past as mechanics adjust, and sometimes rebuild, the race cars.

In a scene of contrasts, a six-wheeled Tyrrell follows the black asphalt path between walls of bright-hued leaves.

Trees are missing on some parts of the circuit, replaced by equally colorful walls of spectators.

With the race minutes away, the crowd still presses close to the cars...and mechanics still are at work.

SIX PHOTOSSTEPHEN GREEN-ARMYTAGE