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San Fernando Raceway 1967 8 mm film (very poor quality)

Old home movie on 8mm film recording my Mustang and other cars racing at the old San Fernando Raceway in San Fernando California circa 1967. Sorry, no sound because the old 8mm film home movies were silent. Also the quality is very poor because it did not transfer well to video. But it is interesting anyways.


 


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San Fernando Valley Earthquake 1971 Sylmar California
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2014 02 01 14 03 08 Rolling out the Big Boy from mothballs.
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