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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bob Ross Revisted

In October, I did a post on NASCAR driver Bob Ross, and my husband Cary's grandfather, Jimmy Ellis.  We just obtained the two black and white photo's below, so I decided to redo this post and share it again with our newer readers.

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When Cary spotted these trophies among Grandpa Jimmy's things, they brought back fond memories of when he was a little boy watching the jalopy races in Huntington Beach, California.  Cary's grandfather, Jimmy Ellis, owned some of the cars that were raced.  In fact, sometimes Jimmy got out there and drove them himself, which made everybody skedaddle for cover.  Since Jimmy owned the cars, he received the trophies when his driver won a race.

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Jimmy Ellis and Bob Ross

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Some serious jalopy action is going down here, if you ask me.

One of Jimmy's jalopy drivers was Bob Ross.  Bob ended up becoming a famous NASCAR driver, and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2003.   Not only was Bob to become a famous driver,  he also married into the family.  Bob married Grandma Pearl's niece, Lorraine.  Cary's mom, Darlene, thought that Bob and Lorraine were the most gorgeous couple she had ever seen.  I think Bob is looking pretty handsome standing next to Grandpa Jimmy, don't you? 

Anyway, we just thought this was all pretty interesting, and I hope that you enjoy it.


I got all of the information below from  Stockcar .   I copied and pasted it, so that you would not have to wade through everybody else who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2003, but go and take a look if you enjoy this kind of stuff.  Thank you, Stockcar!

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Bob had a varied racing background, competingBOB ROSS
"Bob had a varied racing background, competing in jalopies in the early ‘50s and eventually stock cars. In addition, he also loved doing some drag racing-which his wife Lorraine says led to many speeding tickets.

After initially being sponsored by Itches Service Stations, Bob was later given a Mercury by Mr. Urich.  Bob took the car to Bill Stroppe’s shop in Long Beach to be set up for racing. Bill Stroppe, well known as one of the best race car builders on the west coast, dubbed Bob “Country Boy”.   Much of Bob’s later success came behind the wheel of a Mercury built and maintained by Cos Cancilla.

Bob finished sixth in on the Pacific Coast Late Model circuit in 1956 and was fifth a year later. The ‘59 season was his year, as he won the championship over the likes of Lloyd Dane, Scotty Cain, Marvin Porter, Parnelli Jones and Eddie Gray.

One of his biggest thrills, meanwhile, was at Hanford Speedway, where he made quite an impression on Fireball Roberts by beating him for fast time. Fireball remarked to Bob’s wife, “I think that boy is knocking on my front door.”

In addition to his four career wins in the west coast series, Bob led many races and had podium finishes on numerous occasions. those included a terrific runner-up finish to Parnelli Jones at the Sacramento Fairgrounds in 1958 and finishing second to Eddie Gray at the same track in 1961.

As so many racers did in that era, Bob worked on his own car as well as holding down a full-time job - driving a truck. In fact, he worked for Automobile Transport, transporting new cars to dealerships for 31 years.

Known for keeping everything clean and spotless, Bob was considered far ahead of his time in car preparation.

Bob married his wife Lorraine in 1941 and the couple had three children - Bob Jr., Jim and Linda.

Lorraine accepted his Hall Of Fame Honor on behalf of her late husband."

Sorry, this was as big as I could get it.

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LV said...

What a wonderful vintage post filled with great memories and treasures.

Honey at 2805 said...

Enjoyed the story. I'll have to show it to hubby.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this is amazing. What a great story!


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi LV, Honey and Jocelyn ... thanks for your comments, it makes me happy that you enjoyed the story.

Laurie said...

That is so very cool! What a great story!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, Laurie!

Anna said...

Very interesting, those are great pictures.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Anna, thanks! I appreciate you stopping by and saying hello.

ptnpupy said...

I love this post. I'm so glad I found it. Bob Ross drove for my uncles back in the day. I actually have a copy of the picture of him in the car - it might actually be their car but I'm not sure. I've been trying to find any information on their racing days but I'm in VA and finding info from back then isn't easy. Thanks again!

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