Peter Culkin -- 2

More photos contributed by the Culkin family.

Santa Barbara in 1960.  Culkin leads Buford Lane in the #614 Corvette later made famous by Bob Bondurant.   Lew Spencer follows in Rene Pellegrini's AC Bristol later driven by Ronnie Bucknum.   (Photo by Bill Norcross)
Historian Ron Cummings remembers Buford Lane:

"Buford Lane drove Corvettes for Washburn Chevrolet, from Santa Barbara, before retiring. 

At Willow Springs, I believe in 1960, Dave MacDonald drove his first road race.  On Sunday he started in the back.  He flew by everyone, including Bondurant, to dice with Lane for the lead.  Lane was driving the '58 or '59 # 614 car. 

The two of them rubbed fenders the whole race. On the last lap at turn one, a very dangerous spot in those days, both cars spun off into the gullies and soft sand.  Why the cars did not flip over only God knows.  MacDonald restarted his motor first and went on to win.  Both drivers where so far ahead of Bondurant and some other hot Corvette drivers that I and my friends where amazed.  Even Bondurant still talks about that race.

Buford Lane got out of his car, after the race, and I never heard of him again.  Bob Bondurant  got the Washburn ride.

MacDonald's '57 Vette had chrome steel wheels, a chrome roll bar, tuck and roll upholstery and some fuzzy stuff all over the dashboard. We thought he was a real flake to show up at a road race with a car like that.   Ha!"

Here Culkin leads the two Jaguars of #16 Frank Saraga and #64 Hap Richardson.  That's Bob Bondurant in the #711 Corvette.  This looks to me like Turn #8 on the "Long Course" at Riverside.   (Photo by Bill Norcross)
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