|Historian Ron Cummings remembers Buford
"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!"