BOBBY UNSER - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1978 CO-SIGNED BY: GORDON JOHNCOCK, GEORGE SNIDER, VITTORIO BRAMBILLA, DANNY ONGAIS, JOE SALDANA, TEDDY YIP, TOM BAGLEY, QUIRIN BOVY, UDO WAGENHAUSER, ARIE LUYENDYK, BRUNO EICHMANN, KENNERTH PERSSON, JOHN NIELSEN, PETER SCHINDLER, DICK SIMON, JOHNNY RUTHERFORD, TOM SNEVA - HFSID 172530
Page signed on both sides by 18 top drivers, with their racecars and teams noted. Autographs of the US drivers were acquired in 1978, the Europeans in 1980. Includes 5 winners of the race, 4 of them multi-year winners
Sale Price $450.00
INDY 500: BOBBY UNSER, JOHNNY RUTHERFORD, GORDON JOHNCOCK, ARIE LUYENDYK, TOM SNEVA and OTHERSPage signed on both sides by 18 top drivers, with their racecars and teams noted. Autographs of the US drivers were acquired in 1978, the Europeans in 1980. Includes 5 winners of the race, 4 of them multi-year winners Signatures: [with accompany ink notes, cited here in brackets, added by an unknown hand]: "Bobby Unser" [Ent= ARCO Graphite Special/Car: Lightning - Cosworth], "Tom Sneva" [Ent = Norton Spirit/Car = Penske - Cosworth], "Vittorio Brambilla" [Italy/7-15-78], "Danny Ongais" [Ent = Itnerscore Racing/Car = Parnelli Cosworth], "Joe Saldana" [Ent: Hoffmann Racing/Car = Ergon Offenhauser], "Teddy Yip", "Tom Bagley" [Ent: Kent Oil/Car: Watson Offenhauser], "Dick Simon" [Ent = La Machine by Molitex/Car = Volstedt - Offenhauser], "Johnny/Rutherford" [Ent = National City Travelers Checks/Car = McLaren - Cosworth], "Gordon/Johncock" [Ent = North American Van Lines Pacesetter/Car = Wildcat - Drake], "George Snider" [Ent = Gilmore Racing Team/Car = Coyote - Foyt], and on verso "Quirin Bovy" [Germany 6/4/80], "Udo Waggenruder" [Germany 7/9/80], "Arie Luyendyk" [Netherlands 4/9.80], "Bruno Eichmann" [Switzerland 7/9/80], "Kenneth Persson" [Sweden 4/9/80], "John Nielsen" [Denmark 7/9/80], "Peter Schindler" [Austria 7/9/80], 7¾x11¾ lined paper with 4¾x2 paper affixed to top right corner and affixed to 8¼x12½ sheet - 3 surfaces. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the one of sport's great events, the "Indy 500", held annually over Memorial Day weekend since 1911. This sheet, on which the collector has noted the signing dates (May 10, 1978 for most of the big names on the front side), as well as each driver's racing team, and engine. The list includes 5 winners of the race, four of them multiple winners, so it covers 10 wins in all. BOBBY UNSER (1934-2021) won the event 3 times, spanning three decades (1969, 1975, 1981). His brother, Al Unser, won the race 4 times! He was the first driver to average more than 190 miles per hour on the course. JOHNNY RUTHERFORD (b. 1938) was another 3-time winner (1974, 1976, 1980). After leaving Formula One racing, Rutherford had more success as a stock car racer. GORDON JOHNCOCK (b. 1937)won the race twice, in 1973 and 1982. Johncock ranks thirteenth on the all-time list of laps completed in the Indy 500. Until 1989, no foreign entrant had ever won the Indy 500. That is now a frequent outcome. In fact, the most recent US victory (through 2011) was in 1996. In 1999 he was inducted into the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame and in 2002 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. ARIE LUYENDYK (born in the Netherlands in 1953) exemplifies the Indy 500's status as a world event, winning the race in 1990 and again in 1997. TOM SNEVA (b. 1948) won the race in 1983, after 3 second place finishes. He has started in pole position three times. Paper residue on surface - not affecting signatures. Ink notes (unknown hand) identifying each signature on front and verso. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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