1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 455 Convertible Road Test Drifting @ Grattan raceway
1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Road Test filmed in 1972 at what is believed to be
Grattan race track in Michigan
Of the 1304 Olds 442 convertibles built in 1971 only 110 were W30s and
only 32 were 4 speeds like this one.
SOMEONE SENT ME A MESSAGE THAT THE CAR IN THIS VIDEO HAS SURVIVED THE YEARS
AND IS TODAY ONE OF 11 DOCUMENTED 71 W30 4SPEED CONVERTIBLES OF THE
ORIGINAL 32 MADE.
Car and Track narrator Gordon "Bud" Lindemann (born August 22, 1925 in
Chicago, Illinois -- 1983) was a pioneer in motor sports broadcasting.
Lindemann graduated from high school in 1940. He joined the United States
Coast Guard during World War II, and was stationed on the USS Eastwind in
the North Atlantic. While in the service, Gordon met his future wife Kay
and they were married on February 9, 1945. Lindemann worked briefly in
radio in Boston following the war before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Big Bud" (another nickname) then became actively involved in motor sports
in the mid-1950s as an announcer at the now-defunct Grand Rapids Speedrome.
He later worked at the Berlin Raceway and the Kalamazoo Speedway until the
In 1964, while working for the WZZM-TV broadcasting company, he developed a
program called "Autoscope". The show featured local races as well as some
national events. "Autoscope" became a local success, and in 1967 Lindemann
expanded by forming his own production company, "Car & Track Productions",
owned by Lindemann himself and operated by many of his own family members.
Subsequently, he sought to produce the first nationally syndicated
television show devoted to motor sports and many additional auto forums.
Entitled "Car and Track", the show was carried by over 160 stations across
the country and covered over 250 racing and auto events. In 1975 "Car and
Track" ended its eight-year run on CBS. The show was resurrected on the
cable network Speedvision (now the SPEED Channel) in 1996.
In 1976, "Car & Track Productions" began producing racing features for
major sports shows, including "ABC's Wide World of Sports" and "CBS Sports
Spectacular". Lindemann also initiated another new trend by producing
ten-minute motor sports-related theatrical shorts. It is believed that he
continued these until his next creative venture in 1979 when he produced a
new series featuring author George Plimpton of "Paper Lion" fame in 1979.
Entitled "The Ultimate High", the program followed George as he
participated in various sporting endeavors. Some of these included
skydiving, hang gliding, kayaking and windsurfing. Plimton was also filmed
driving a Carl Haas Can-Am car and sharing an IndyCar ride with a rookie
driver named Bobby Rahal.
The Grand Rapids Press makes reference to the passing of Gordon "Bud"
Lindemann from cancer in 1983.
In 1991, Gordon "Bud" Lindemann was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports
Hall of Fame.