Photographs from the Road & Track Magazine are online

September 19, 2018
Glynn Edwards
Long Beach Grand Prix, 1976

Earlier this year we introduced our student workers and some of the projects they were involved in this summer.

We are happy to announce an update to one of the projects – the Road & Track Magazine collection.

Originally the library had scanned images and documents from 134 folders in the collection (see the Automobility Archive ). At the end of the summer we released over 3800 rolls of acquired-digital images. These were rolls of black & white film from Road & Track that were digitized by Hearst Magazines, Inc. and then digital copies were sent to Stanford Libraries to be added to the collection.

The effort of researching and documenting this digital portion of the collection – comprising over 250,000 images (about 7,500 rolls) - was undertaken by Joshua Warnock and was recently published to our online discovery environment, SearchWorks. While most of the rolls are described by the manufacturer and models, there are a few – particularly of events – where Joshua was able to identify the event itself, the location, and sometimes even a few individuals.

I would like to share a few examples:

Roll 315: The images in this roll depict the United States Auto Club Championship Car race at the Ontario Motor Speedway on September 3rd, 1972. Racer Number 14, Roger McCluskey, is shown receiving the winning trophy alongside the Ontario Motor Speedway Princesses. Note the promotion of the 1973 Miller High Life 500 in the background, which would be cancelled due to change in ownership of O.M.S. in 1973.

Roll 1061: This is one of 3 rolls devoted to the first race of the 1973 Canadian-American Challenge Cup (1966-1987) at Mosport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The race was won by Charlie Kemp, the series was won by Mark Donohue.

Roll 3513: Depicts Richard Pesta, "Captain Sticky," alongside his customized Lincoln Continental. Captain Sticky claimed to be the world's only practicing super hero, operating out of the city of San Diego, California. Richard Pesta passed away in 2004.


I would be remiss if I didn’t include some images from the 19 rolls, starting with roll 5590 to 5609 (excepting 5592),  taken at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in 1976. My brother, who moved to Long Beach a decade later, always attends the Grand Prix.


Work is ongoing for this collection and there will be occasional updates to the description. If anyone has description to correct or add, please use the FEEDBACK link at the top/right of the screen when viewing an image.