Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S117 1961 Pontiac Ventura
Arnie Beswick's 1961 "Passionate Poncho" Ventura still ranks as one of the
most successful Pontiac factory-built racecars of all time. This Bristol
Blue hardtop came from the factory as a 389/348 Tri-Power car with the
Super Duty heads and camshaft shipped in the trunk. Once installed, the horsepower was raised
to 363 horsepower,
a number intentionally underrated by the factory. This is the car that
Beswick drove to the '61 Daytona Winternationals and won with. Arnie went
on to win a large number of Super Stock races throughout the country that
season, solidifying his place as a major player in the Super Stock, A/FX
and Funny Car wars of the 1960s. This car is an exceptional example of the
breed, verified by Mr. Beswick himself. It is finished in the original race
livery and is in its correct 1961 race configuration.
Lot # 117 1961 Pontiac Ventura Super Duty 389 Arnie Beswick Superstock
2007 NHRA John Force at Dallas Huge Crash *Replays*
Kenny Bernstein crosses the center line and hits some blocks, John Force's
tires sudden blow and the chutes deploy ripping the car in half.
treemaster7 explains the crash:
The G Forces were more than the chassis was designed to handle. When the
tire went flat, the weight of the car went to one side & at that same
instant the chutes were released with explosive force severing the cotter
pins holding the chassis together with devastating results to John Force.
Had the cotter pins not severed, John Force wouldn't have been injured.